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

Employee Paid Sick Leave During the Corona Pandemic: What it means for America’s small businesses

March 26, 2020
Editor's Note: David Morse is the tax policy director at the Coalition for a Prosperous America Education Fund. The President and Congress are currently finalizing the CARES Act to address the major economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus. However, small employers around the country are wondering what the earlier new “Families...

Reshoring US Pharmaceutical Production Would Create 800K Jobs

March 17, 2020
Health, Security, Economic Benefits from Reshoring By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry With the spreading coronavirus pandemic, Americans are becoming increasingly aware of our dependence on foreign sources for important pharmaceuticals and other health care products.

US Tariffs Reducing Trade Deficit; Continued Improvement in 2020

March 06, 2020
By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry  The US trade deficit in goods and services for January 2020 fell 6.7 percent from December, to $45.3 billion, as January’s monthly imports decreased more than exports.
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E-Commerce and Your Family

March 05, 2020
How safe are the items you are purchasing online? By Greg Owens On January 24, 2020 there was a press conference in Washington given by the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for US Customs, and Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy. 

2019, A Year in Trade: Imports Decline; China Imports Relocate

March 04, 2020
In 2019, the US trade deficit, our total imports and our goods imports all declined. These are all positive developments for the US economy and especially so because key indicators of the overall US economy, including GDP and personal consumption expenditure, grew at healthy rates last year.

US Capital Flow Management in the 1960s: The Interest Equalization Tax

February 20, 2020
By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry With the introduction of the Baldwin-Hawley bill (S 2359) into the US Senate, capital flow management tools are once again an important issue.

Steel Tariffs Deliver Higher Growth, Lower Imports and Lower Prices

February 14, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist The Section 232 steel tariffs are reducing the volume of steel imported into the US, providing breathing space for the US industry, which is expanding.

Tariffs Help US 2019 Trade Deficit Fall To $617B

February 05, 2020
By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry The US trade deficit in goods and services fell for the first time in six years in 2019. That’s according to US Commerce Department figures which showed our trade deficit dropped 1.7 percent to $616.8 billion in 2019.

We Need a 5G Wireless Technology Made in the USA

February 03, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist You are probably hearing a lot about 5G wireless, which is the next big thing in cellular telephone networks.

Harvard and Tampa Cancer Center Tarnished By Chinese IP Theft Scandals

January 23, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist On December 9th, Harvard cancer researcher Zaosong Zheng was boarding a Hainan Airlines flight to Beijing at Boston’s Logan Airport when US Customs officials pulled him aside to question him about his luggage.

US Trade Deficit Shrinks to Smallest in Three Years

January 08, 2020
By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry The US scored the smallest trade deficit since October 2016 as tariffs slowed the flow of imports into the country.

Tariffs Are Working, to the Consternation of the Economics Profession

January 03, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist The New Year dawns on an America where many manufacturing sectors are in a state of aggressive growth.

Blog: US-China Deal Must Be Watched Closely

December 23, 2019
By David Lynn, Ph.D. President Trump is doing what no other president has ever done on trade—actually making progress as opposed to uttering empty rhetoric and finger-wagging.

Report to CPA members on the US China Phase 1 trade deal

December 13, 2019
from Michael Stumo, CEO After a call with the White House and Office of US Trade Representative regarding the US-China Phase 1 trade deal today, I would like to share what I have learned with our CPA members. 

How To Steal an Airplane

December 13, 2019
The Story of Turbine Panda By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist In April 2018, a Chinese intelligence agent named Xu Yanjun got off a plane in Brussels, Belgium and headed for St. Catherine Square, a bustling area of shops and quaint cobblestone streets.

US October Trade Deficit Reaches 18-Month Low

December 05, 2019
Trade deficit with China continues to decline By Steven L. Byers, PhD, CPA Senior Economist The US international trade deficit in goods and services fell 7.6 percent in October, to $47.2 billion, as imports declined more than exports.

OECD Corporate Tax Compromise Savaged By Multinationals in Public Meetings

November 26, 2019
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist For the past year, tempers and words have been heating up in an international war over corporate taxation. France raised the heat in the battle last year, when it announced it would levy a tax on the corporate profits of a small number of...

America’s Kitchen Cabinet Makers Support Tariffs on China Imports

November 15, 2019
Paul Wellborn is the president of the largest family-owned cabinet manufacturing company in the United States. And as he sees it, the Trump Administration’s China tariffs are working.
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CPA submits opinion to OECD Tax Committee

November 13, 2019
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has proposed significant changes to the global tax system to combat profit shifting. The Coalition for a Prosperous America supports a much simpler, better, and fairer solution: Sales Factor Apportionment. The following submission was sent to the OECD on November 11th, 2019...

Steel Tariffs Are Driving US Economic Growth

November 08, 2019
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist On October 25th, America’s largest steelmaker Nucor opened a new steel mill in Hickman, Arkansas.