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The border fence stands at the United States-Mexico border along the Rio Grande river in Brownsville, Texas, August 5, 2014. Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.

Why Congress Cannot Allow the Trump Tariffs on Mexico to Stand

Over the past two and half years, President Trump has launched so many unprecedented and disruptive actions on trade that it is easy to become inured. Another day, another tariff. Ho hum. No big deal. That has certainly been the reaction from Congress and from most U.S. companies. Read More

May 28, 2019

Labor and Employment
Beyond Unemployment

In modern economies, people may have jobs, but they still harbor major concerns in a wide range of areas, including security, health and work-life balance, income and distribution, training, mobility, and opportunity. By focusing solely on the unemployment rate, policymakers are ignoring the many dimensions of employment that affect welfare.

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May 21, 2019

Trade
Democrats Won’t Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade

International trade isn’t the problem—it’s Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

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May 13, 2019

Trade
The Global Trading System: What Went Wrong and How to Fix It

Introduction It has now been more than a quarter century since the United States, the European Union (EU), Japan and more than 100 other countries came together to conclude the Uruguay Round global trade agreement and establish the World Trade Organization (WTO). It was a time of extraordinary optimism. Mickey Kantor, US trade representative for President Bill Clinton, had endured many sleepless nights with his counterparts to bring the deal home by the Dec. 15, 1993 deadline.

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