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

Strong Post-Brexit Outlook For UK Economy

November 19, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director 

Last month, UK automotive components manufacturer Brose installed a new £10 million ($13M) paint line at its factory in Coventry, England. 

The Missing Trillion Dollars in Republican Tax Reform Plan

November 12, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

The Republican tax reform plan is suffering from a shortage of funds. Paul Ryan and his colleagues are trying to give the American people a substantial tax cut as their signature achievement of 2017.

IBM Offshores to India and Business Still Shrinks

November 02, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Technology giant IBM reported its third quarter results on Oct. 17th, and extended a stunningly long losing streak with its 22nd consecutive quarter of declining sales.  

First Time Ever: US Trade Ambassador Stiff-Arms the Swamp

October 24, 2017

by Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA

We have never seen this before. The US Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, is being brutally direct with free trade zombies in Congress and the multinational import lobby - i.e. the swamp - in charting a new pro-American direction on trade. Voters sought...

Trump Administration Rattles the North American Cage on NAFTA

October 23, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Three rounds of North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations came and went without much fanfare. But the fourth round, 

Foreign Direct Investors will Love the Market Access Charge (MAC)

September 18, 2017

By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board

Would the MAC discourage foreign direct investment in the United States? 

Some readers have suggested that capital being brought into the United States to finance greenfield foreign direct investment should be exempted from the MAC. We should not, they argue, do anything to discourage...

Why the Market Access Charge is Necessary to Fix Trade Imbalances

September 08, 2017

By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board

This note describes how a Market Access Charge (MAC) can fix US dollar overvaluation, what the MAC is, and how it would put US workers and factories back on the job. 

“Bring Me Some Tariffs” New Trade Policies Offer Growth Boost—and Scare Economic Traditionalists

August 31, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

As President Trump talks more openly about aggressive action on the trade front to support the US economy, traditional economists and commentators, especially many on Wall Street, are raising the volume on a scare campaign, aimed at suggesting all sorts of imaginary negative consequences. 

Trade Agreements

NAFTA Withdrawal Unlikely to Cause US Consumer Harm

August 29, 2017

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

President Trump raised the possibility of withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement last week in an Arizona speech.

“Personally, I don't think we can make a deal ... I think we'll end up probably...

Trade Agreements

Why Economists Can’t Connect Free Trade and Low Prices to Economic Growth

August 25, 2017

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Economists in the US are overwhelmingly in favor of free trade. But they continue to be frustrated that the public doesn’t buy their arguments. 

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