On the whole, free trade agreements have delivered on their central promise to promote more trade between the Untied States and its agreement partners.
- 01 Free Trade Agreements Deliver More Trade
- 02 Economic Self-Flagellation: How U.S. Antidumping Policy Subverts the National Export Initiative
- 03 Answering the Critics of Comprehensive Immigration Reform
- 04 The Trade-Balance Creed: Debunking the Belief that Imports and Trade Deficits Are a "Drag on Growth"
Multimedia on Trade and Immigration
Recent Trade and Immigration Publications
- June 14, 2011, "Truth about Trade Deficits and Jobs," by Daniel Griswold, Washington Times (Commentary)
- June 7, 2011, "As Promised, Free Trade Agreements Deliver More Trade: Manufacturing Exports Receive an Extra Boost," by Daniel Griswold (Free Trade Bulletin)
- May 31, 2011, "Economic Self-Flagellation: How U.S. Antidumping Policy Subverts the National Export Initiative," by Daniel J. Ikenson (Trade Policy Analysis)
- May 25, 2011, "Why Antidumping Duties on Chinese Furniture Don't Save U.S. Jobs," by Daniel J. Ikenson, Forbes.com (Commentary)
- May 12, 2011, "GM's Profits: Nothing to Gloat About," by Daniel J. Ikenson, Daily Caller (Commentary)
Trade and Immigration Experts
- Daniel Griswold, Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies (Trade, international labor markets, globalization, trade barriers and subsidies, agricultural policy, and immigration)
- Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies (Electronic employment verification, REAL ID, civil liberties)
- Daniel J. Ikenson, Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies (Trade, trade facilitation, globalization, antidumping law, U.S. manufacturing)
- Sallie James, Trade Policy Analyst (Trade, agricultural trade policy, trade negotiations, the Doha Round of trade talks, services trade, climate change and trade, and farm program reform)
- Ian Vásquez, Director, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity (Immigration, Latin America, and Argentina)
Voluntary economic exchange is inherently fair. Government intervention in that process on behalf of some citizens at the expense of others is inherently unfair. That is the compelling, moral justification for a world without trade barriers: free trade respects the sanctity of individuals to decide how and with whom to transact; protectionism coerces individuals to make particular decisions to the benefit of chosen parties. Beyond the moral case, free markets are essential to prosperity, and widening the circle of people with whom we transact by eliminating trade barriers brings benefits to consumers in the form of lower prices, greater variety, and better quality, and it allows companies to reap the benefits of innovation, specialization, and economies of scale that larger markets afford.
Immigration should be considered an important source of necessary labor for the American economy. Immigration policies should be revised to allow US based businesses liberal access to both high and low-skilled workers. Immigration control should be focused on securing our borders from terrorists and criminals. Throughout history, immigration has been an important source of economic and social vitality for the United States, naturally expanding and contracting depending on the available supply of jobs in the US economy. Regulating immigration is the responsibility of the federal government, and we should have a comprehensive federal immigration system that promotes family cohesion, economic innovation, economic growth, the rule of law, and secure borders.
July 24-29, 2011Cato University
Cato Conference, 8:00 am
Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis, MD
Cato Institute • 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. • Washington D.C. 20001-5403
Phone (202) 842-0200 • Fax (202) 842-3490