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

The Untold Story: Tariffs Are Driving Job Creation

August 13, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

It’s just six months since the first of the Trump administration’s tariffs went into effect and the job gains are already visible.

Why Trump Hit the Koch Globalists on Tax

August 08, 2018

By David Morse, CPA Tax Policy Associate Director

President Trump struck against the Koch Brothers and their network last week in a tweet stating:

They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, Im for America First & the American Worker - a puppet for no one....


July 30, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Summary: This article looks at China’s heavy dependence on - or overexposure to - the US for their trade surplus and their exports. It examines different ways of counting the China trade surplus, finding that on one alternative measure it could be as much...

What Trade War? Real GDP Surges 4.1% on Exports and Consumer Spending

July 27, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

US gross domestic product (GDP), adjusted for inflation, grew by a 4.1% annual rate in the second quarter of this year, the fastest quarterly growth rate since 2014, showing that economic growth is surging ahead, unaffected by—or perhaps boosted by--trade actions by the Trump...

Other Nations Following US Lead on Steel Tariffs

July 19, 2018

When the Trump administration imposed 25% tariffs on steel imports in March this year, some other nations loudly criticized the move. Now, surprise, surprise, they are shifting gear—and jumping on the tariff bandwagon.

May Trade Deficit Shrinks 7% To $43B, Year-to-Date Deficit Up 8% at $245B

July 12, 2018

By Jason Cooper, CPA Research Assistant

According to the latest US government report the US trade deficit in May was $43.1 billion, the smallest deficit since September of 2017.  The smaller deficit was driven by a $3.7 billion increase in exports from April to May, with exports of $144.9...

Stumo Commentary: Whose Trade War Is It Anyway?

July 11, 2018

by Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA

I was asked, after the US Trade Representative announced tariffs on another $200 billion of Chinese goods, whether I would admit that we are now in a trade war. Members of the CPA board asked me to share my response more widely.  Here it...

How The Dollar Exchange Rate Can Help US Agriculture

June 29, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Some agricultural commodities have seen price declines in recent weeks due to uncertainty over international trade relationships.

Harley Davidson Loves Tariffs

June 28, 2018

by Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA

Contrary to what you may have heard, Harley Davidson, the iconic American motorcycle company loves high tariff countries. Company management loves tariffs so much, it moves production to countries with the highest motorcycle tariffs in the world.

White House Documents Tools and Strategies Behind Chinese “Economic Aggression”

June 21, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

The White House published on Tuesday a document detailing the wide range of tools and strategies used by the Chinese government to steal, extort, and otherwise gain access to American intellectual property (IP) to support their drive to become a leading global economy with...

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