Articles on trade policy reveal the effect trade legislation has on companies, workers and communities, and recommends initiatives that can impact policy.

Subjects include:

• The importance of exports, imports and investment
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.

Understanding globalization
How trade and globalization improve standards of living for both developed and developing countries, today’s nature of sustainable competitive advantage, and the life-improving changes resulting from the introduction of new technologies.

The new demands of the 21st 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.

Entering the 21st century with anxiety, fear and a perceived lack of control
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 nature’s tendency to fear and avoid change, and why the English Luddites destroyed sewing machines.

Barriers to trade: the real costs of protectionism and unintended consequences
Examine the impact of tariffs and non-tariff barriers, their costs to society, and U.S. Congressional trends toward protectionism.

The trend toward outsourcing and production sharing
Examine the need to co-produce and outsource overseas, how it creates domestic jobs, and how it improves our level of global competitiveness.

Agreements and emerging trade blocs
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.

Achieving balance
Examine the backlash against globalization, nationalism and the drive to preserve cultural traditions, and an understanding of efforts designed to influence the political process.
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