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Research

The CPA is Washington’s leading organization fighting for a new trade policy to deliver balanced trade, restored health for American industries, broadly-shared economic growth, and more jobs for American workers.  Learn about the key trade issues impacting the US economy that must be solved. Research by CPA staff takes a deeper look at these issues and which policy changes can lead to dramatic improvement.

CPA Research

Buy America Movement Gathers Force

July 24, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

President Trump’s “Buy American week” was largely a feel-good event, but behind the scenes there is growing nationwide support in the political and business worlds for more US spending to go on American-made goods and services. 

Steel: Famous Economists Get It Wrong

July 13, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

When a large number of famous economists from all sides of the political spectrum agree on something, the odds are that it is wrong. A new letter on the subject of steel tariffs is a good example of that rule. 

The Threat of U.S. Dollar Overvaluation: How to Calculate True Exchange Rate Misalignment & How to Fix It

July 13, 2017

This memo explains (1) the dollar overvaluation problem, (2) how to accurately calculate the dollar’s misalignment against trading partner currencies, and (3) how the Market Access Charge (MAC) that CPA and others favor would fix this serious threat to America’s future.

Civilian Drone Industry: USA Is Missing the Boat

July 10, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

At last month’s Paris Air Show, China showed off its latest military drone, an unmanned intelligent computer-controlled vehicle called the CH-5. 

It’s Time to Amend or Discard U.S.-Korean Trade Agreement

July 03, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Press reports emerging on Monday, July 3rd, suggest that President Trump is pushing for a special 30-day review to amend the U.S.-South Korean trade deal known as KORUS. 

Administration Needs to Defend Our Steel Industry

June 26, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

This past April, on a 92-mile bike ride through the hills of Monterey, California, I met a young man I’m proud to call a friend, Rasheen Malone. 

Working Paper: Do Savings Rates Cause Trade Deficits?

June 21, 2017

By Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA, and Jeff Ferry, Research Director

Some influential economists misleadingly assert that US trade deficits are caused by American households failing to save enough and also by federal budget deficits. Taking action against strategic foreign economic policies, their story continues, would be futile....

Feds Should Stop Chinese Acquisition of Sole U.S. Rare Earth Mine

June 16, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

 A U.S. bankruptcy court has decided to sell a California mine, the sole U.S. source of rare earth minerals, to a consortium including Chinese mining company Shenghe Rare Earth Shareholding Co. If the transaction goes ahead, this would turn over the unique domestic producer...

CPA Written Testimony: NAFTA Negotiations

June 12, 2017

The Office of US Trade Representative requested comments from interested parties regarding a June 27, 2017 hearing regarding NAFTA Renegotiations. This is CPA's official written testimony submitted in response.

Summary

The US needs to rethink trade agreements and unilateral trade policy options to better connect them with...

US Fruit & Vegetable Imports Skyrocket After Trade Agreements

June 07, 2017

By Jason Cooper (CPA Research Assistant), Jeff Ferry (CPA Research Director), Michael Stumo (CEO of CPA)

Introduction

Trade in many fruit and vegetables has been disastrous for US agriculture and American farmers over the last two decades, following ratification of free trade agreements, notably those with Mexico (NAFTA),...

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