on trade policy reveal the effect trade legislation has on
companies, workers and communities, and recommends initiatives
that can impact policy.
Examine exports (both goods and services) and how they create
jobs and wealth; the importance of imports and how they stretch
consumer income, promote competition, keep inflation down,
and benefit producers; and how investment generates wealth
and to where it flows.
How trade and globalization improve standards of living for
both developed and developing countries, todays nature
of sustainable competitive advantage, and the life-improving
changes resulting from the introduction of new technologies.
century on workers, companies and countries.
Examine the sophisticated skills demanded today of workers
and their ability to adapt, the correlation between education
and employment, and new challenges facing businesses and their
ability to adapt.
Examine the similarities of the impact of 19th and 20th century
technological developments, the shift from an agrarian to
an industrial society, and then to a fast-paced information
economy, human natures tendency to fear and avoid change,
and why the English Luddites destroyed sewing machines.
Examine the impact of tariffs and non-tariff barriers, their
costs to society, and U.S. Congressional trends toward protectionism.
Examine the need to co-produce and outsource overseas, how
it creates domestic jobs, and how it improves our level of global
Examine the effectiveness of the World Trade Organization,
and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), challenges
posed by the expanding European Union and Asian trends toward
greater integration, and the opportunities and challenges presented by China.
Examine the backlash against globalization, nationalism and
the drive to preserve cultural traditions, and an understanding
of efforts designed to influence the political process.