Focus on International Trade

Focus on International Trade

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On December 5, the World Bank published a working paper examining China’s role in the world trading system.

Also on December 5, the World Bank published a working paper on the shifting nature of trade interventions and how to evaluate them.

And on December 5, the U.S. Trade Representative released a paper trade policy reforms that would cut down on illegal international trade in wildlife and wild plant products.

On November 21, Global Trade Alert published a report on threats to the global trading system.

On November 8, the Center for Strategic & International Studies published a study on the implications of investment in the U.S. by China.

On October 31, the Peterson Institute posted an updated study of trade sanctions against Cuba, which have been in effect for 51 years without having done anything to achieve the goals for which they were originally imposed.

In an October 28 commentary, Yale economist Stephen Roach said that excessive attention is focused on the U.S.-China bilateral trade deficit. The U.S. runs deficits with 87 different countries and the causes are much deeper than generally understood.

On October 7, Boston Consulting Group published a report forecasting a big improvement in U.S. exports as China becomes less competitive due to rising costs. The U.S. could gain between 2 million to 3 million jobs as a consequence.

Also on October 7, the Congressional Research Service published a report on operation of the trade adjustment assistance program.

I last posted items on this topic on October 3.

Bruce Bartlett is an American historian and columnist who focuses on the intersection between politics and economics. He blogs daily and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times. Bartlett has written for Forbes Magazine and Creators Syndicate, and his work is informed by many years in government, including as a senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House. He is the author of seven books including his new book: The Benefit and the Burden .

Bruce Bartlett’s columns focus on the intersection of politics and economics. The author of seven books, he worked in government for many years and was senior policy analyst in the Reagan White House.