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Assessing Trade Agendas in the US Presidential Campaign
(2016)
  • Marcus Noland
  • Sherman Robinson, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Gary C Hufbauer, Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Tyler Moran, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Abstract
This analysis assesses the main presidential candidates’ positions on trade and provides an empirically
based assessment of their trade policy proposals with regard to what has become an emotionally heated issue
in the election campaign. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, has expressed skepticism about trade but in effect represents stasis. Donald J. Trump, the Republican candidate, offers a sharp departure from the status quo.He threatens to slap punitive (and possibly even firm-specific) tariffs on products imported from China and Mexico, withdraw from the World Trade Organization (WTO), and abrogate existing preferential trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS).If implemented, these proposals would provoke retaliation by US trading partners, unleashing a trade
war that would cost millions of Americans their jobs.
Keywords
  • international trade,
  • trade policy,
  • Hillary Clinton,
  • Donald Trump
Publication Date
September 19, 2016
Publisher
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Citation Information
Marcus Noland, Sherman Robinson, Gary C Hufbauer and Tyler Moran. Assessing Trade Agendas in the US Presidential Campaign. Washington(2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marcus_noland/44/