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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.

Research Articles

White Paper: Measuring the Impact of the Steel Tariffs on the US Economy

November 27, 2018
By Jeff Ferry and Steven L. Byers

CPA Economic Model Shows Steel Tariffs Have Created Jobs

November 27, 2018
By Jeff Ferry and Steven L Byers When the Trump administration implemented tariffs on steel and aluminum in March 2018, many economists predicted job losses and consumer price hikes.

Experts Say China Telecom Diverted US Internet Traffic Through China

November 08, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Three Internet security experts have accused state-owned telecom giant China Telecom of diverting internal US Internet traffic through China.

Memo: USMCA Rules of Origin, Further Details

November 06, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The USMCA Agreement contains rules of origin for the automotive industry that will have a wide-ranging effect on the auto industry.

US Manufacturing Resurgence is Broad-Based

November 02, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Manufacturing employment in the US has now shown year-on-year growth of more than 250,000 employees for six consecutive months, the largest and most sustained manufacturing job growth we’ve seen since 1998.

US Trade Deficit Hits $54 Billion in September

November 02, 2018
Widening Trade Deficit Contrasts with Strong Jobs Picture, as China Trade Deficit Sets Another Record   The federal government’s employment report for October showed the US economy continues to perform strongly, with job growth of 250,000 in the month, including 32,000 added manufacturing jobs. Unemployment continues to be low and...

August Trade Deficit Hits $53.2 billion; China Trade Deficit Sets Another Monthly Record

October 05, 2018
New trade data from the Department of Commerce shows that America’s trade deficit continues to rise, with the August seasonally-adjusted deficit of $53.2 billion rising 6 percent above the July figure and a staggering 20 percent worse than the August 2017 figure of $44.2 billion. On a year-to-date basis, the trade deficit...

What Trade War? CPA Members See Business Gains in Recent Months

October 03, 2018
Free traders predicted economic armageddon from new tariffs on steel, aluminum and Chinese products. But, with the significant exception of agriculture, CPA members’ businesses are booming. They are raising wages, investing in new equipment, reopening production lines and seeing production move back from China.

US-Mexico-Canada Deal is a Conceptual Breakthrough But Details Will Be Critical

October 03, 2018
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The three magic numbers for understanding the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) negotiated by the Trump administration are 16, 16, and 6.

China Tries To Whitewash Aggressive Trade Practices

October 02, 2018
“White Paper” Offers Cliches and Feelgood Rhetoric, Not Substance By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Last week, China’s State Council, effectively the Cabinet of the Chinese government, issued a “White Paper” on trade, to argue its case in front of the world that China is playing by the rules of...