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.
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. ...
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 terminating NAFTA...
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.
August 17, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The Trump administration’s rumored Section 301 investigation of Chinese trade practices opens up a new front in the ongoing “trade wars” with China, this time over intellectual property. A key event driving concern over Chinese use or abuse of foreign intellectual property was China’s...
August 07, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director New trade figures from the Department of Commerce show the US international trade picture continues to deteriorate.
July 24, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director President Trump’s “Buy American week” was largely a feel-good event, but behind the scenes there is growing nationwide support in the political and business worlds for more US spending to go on American-made goods and services.
July 13, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director When a large number of famous economists from all sides of the political spectrum agree on something, the odds are that it is wrong. A new letter on the subject of steel tariffs is a good example of that rule.
The Threat of U.S. Dollar Overvaluation: How to Calculate True Exchange Rate Misalignment & How to Fix It
July 13, 2017
This memo explains (1) the dollar overvaluation problem, (2) how to accurately calculate the dollar’s misalignment against trading partner currencies, and (3) how the Market Access Charge (MAC) that CPA and others favor would fix this serious threat to America’s future. by Michael Stumo (CEO)Jeff Ferry (Research Director)and John R. Hansen...
July 10, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director At last month’s Paris Air Show, China showed off its latest military drone, an unmanned intelligent computer-controlled vehicle called the CH-5.
July 03, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Press reports emerging on Monday, July 3rd, suggest that President Trump is pushing for a special 30-day review to amend the U.S.-South Korean trade deal known as KORUS.
June 26, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director This past April, on a 92-mile bike ride through the hills of Monterey, California, I met a young man I’m proud to call a friend, Rasheen Malone.
June 21, 2017
By Michael Stumo, CEO of CPA, and Jeff Ferry, Research Director Some influential economists misleadingly assert that US trade deficits are caused by American households failing to save enough and also by federal budget deficits. Taking action against strategic foreign economic policies, their story continues, would be futile. This paper...
June 16, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director A U.S. bankruptcy court has decided to sell a California mine, the sole U.S. source of rare earth minerals, to a consortium including Chinese mining company Shenghe Rare Earth Shareholding Co. If the transaction goes ahead, this would turn over the unique domestic producer...
June 12, 2017
The Office of US Trade Representative requested comments from interested parties regarding a June 27, 2017 hearing regarding NAFTA Renegotiations. This is CPA's official written testimony submitted in response. Summary The US needs to rethink trade agreements and unilateral trade policy options to better connect them with improved trade performance...
June 07, 2017
By Jason Cooper (CPA Research Assistant), Jeff Ferry (CPA Research Director), Michael Stumo (CEO of CPA) Introduction Trade in many fruit and vegetables has been disastrous for US agriculture and American farmers over the last two decades, following ratification of free trade agreements, notably those with Mexico (NAFTA), Central America...
June 02, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director A strong rise in April’s trade deficit and lackluster growth in May employment figures underscore the challenges facing the Trump Administration as it tries to piece together an economic growth strategy.
May 23, 2017
The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony to the Committee on Ways and Means regarding the likely impact of tax reform on the US economy. CPA is a national, non-partisan organization focusing upon improving American trade performance, eliminating our persistent trade deficit, and growing...
May 23, 2017
The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) appreciates the opportunity to provide testimony to the US Department of Commerce regarding the impact of significant bilateral deficits on the US economy. CPA is a national, non-partisan organization focusing upon improving American trade performance, eliminating our persistent trade deficit, and growing domestic...
May 17, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director On May 4th, Professor William J. Baumol died at the age of 95. He was a prodigious writer and innovator in economic theory, author of some 500 papers over the more than half a century he taught at Princeton University and NYU.
May 15, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The Trump Administration’s views on some issues (think health care) has evolved over recent months. But on foreign trade, the Administration has consistently stuck to Donald Trump’s pre-election view that past trade deals have been a lousy deal for the U.S. worker and they...