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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

How Facebook Can Help Rebuild US Manufacturing

February 21, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

In a highly polarized nation, Facebook has accomplished the amazing achievement of getting itself intensely disliked by both right and left.

Solar Industry Gears Up For More US Production As Tariffs Take Effect

February 15, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Safeguard tariffs imposed by President Trump on imported solar cells and panels have been in effect for just over a week, but already we’re seeing moves to boost US solar production in response. No fewer than nine solar manufacturing companies...

Why The Business Roundtable NAFTA Study is Wrong

February 14, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Business Roundtable (BR) and others have published economic forecasts that purport to show that the US withdrawing from or substantially modifying NAFTA would lead to US losses in GDP and jobs. We analyze the BR study and show...

A Rising Dollar Yields a Rising Trade Deficit

February 13, 2018

By John R. Hansen, Advisory Board, Coalition for a Prosperous America

Yogi Berra once said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” That’s undoubtedly true in the complicated world of global trade.

But a look at America’s trade flows—and growing trade deficit— clearly indicates that a “strong dollar” has been a...

Five Reasons Why the Big 2017 Trade Deficit Affects You

February 06, 2018

by Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA

The big news this week is that the annual US trade deficit increased in 2017 by 12% over 2016. Here are five reasons you should care.

Full-Year 2017 Trade Deficit Holds Back GDP Growth

February 06, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

The US trade deficit last year surged 12.1%, rising at three times the rate of nominal GDP growth, hampering US economic performance, employment levels, and incomes.

The Beltway Squabbles Over America’s Overvalued Dollar

February 05, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

It may have been obscured by the looming State of the Union address, but there was quite a kerfuffle in Washington recently.

CPA on USA Today: Trade predators destroy U.S. jobs

January 30, 2018

For too long, America has been led by a naive embrace of free trade that overlooks the predatory behavior of our trade competitors. Widespread trade cheating and poorly designed trade deals have led to persistent U.S. trade deficits causing job losses, manufacturing decline and income stagnation.

[Michael Stumo | January...

Revenue Gains From Sales Factor Apportionment Corp Income Tax

January 30, 2018

"Reprinted from Tax Notes, November 27, 2017”

 

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

The U.S. corporate income tax system is failing to deliver for the government and taxpayers. Receipts are falling steadily as a share of corporate profits as corporations exploit loopholes to shift profit out of...

America’s Monetary Policy Needs a Major Overhaul

January 29, 2018

Tinkering with Interest Rates Will Not Make America’s Economy Great Again!


By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board

In his New York Times article on January 9 (As Economy Strengthens, Fed Ponders New Approach), Mr. Appelbaum notes the rising dissatisfaction both outside and inside the Federal Reserve with America’s current...

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