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

Don’t Believe What They Tell You About Foreign Investment

April 19, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director We often hear of state and federal officials chasing after foreign investment dollars, trying to bring money into the U.S. 
Trade Enforcement

Trump Administration Focuses on Trade Enforcement

April 13, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The Trump Administration is getting tough with foreign nations that don’t play by the rules of free and fair trade. That’s the message we’re getting from Administration sources.

British Trade Boost Shows Currency Devaluation Works

April 06, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Establishment free traders often claim trade policy reform is futile, urging us instead to simply trust the free market. Recent experience in Britain shows that one trade policy—currency devaluation—does work, and pretty quickly too. Despite imports growing more expensive, both consumption and exports increased....

Trump’s Executive Orders Will Help Manufacturing Revival

April 03, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director On Friday, President Trump announced two executive orders that look like the beginning of a major offensive on trade policy. “Today….I set the stage for a great revival of American manufacturing,” the President said in Friday’s White House briefing. 
Balanced Trade

Support House Resolution 37: Eliminate The U.S. Trade Deficit!

March 29, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Two forward-thinking congressmen have introduced a congressional resolution urging the federal government to eliminate the U.S. trade deficit. This would be a major step forward in U.S. economic policy and a crucial step towards rebuilding the U.S. economy and restoring the American Dream of...
Trade Agreements

Aggressive Trump Trade Strategy Begins To Emerge

March 28, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Two developments in recent days provide an early indication that the Trump Administration is determined to take a new approach to international trade.  And it looks like this new approach is aggressively focused on trade agreement reform and policies that could lead to higher U.S...

China Targets World Leadership in Microchips

March 10, 2017
Jeff Ferry, Research Director, CPA The decision last month by microchip manufacturer GlobalFoundries to build a chipmaking plant in China reinforced fears in the U.S. technology industry over China’s ambitious plans to become a major player in the world semiconductor industry.
Balanced Trade

January Trade Deficit Surge Driven By Rising China, Japan, Germany Deficits

March 08, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director   The United States’ trade deficit surged 12% in January 2017 to hit $48.5 billion, its highest level in almost five years. 
Trade Agreements

Why a Trade War Won’t Happen…But We Would Win If It Did

March 07, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director  There has been lots of talk of the danger of “trade wars” in newspapers in recent months. The Trade War Alarmists are likely wrong. 
Balanced Trade

Economic Analysis: Re-Exports Are Not Real Exports

February 22, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Today the CPA published a new article on the U.S.’s Top Ten Bilateral Deficit Nation Trading Partners featuring the latest data for last year. You can read it here. In a nutshell, our trade deficit in goods has increased twenty-fold in the last 25 years...

Economic Analysis: America’s Top 10 Trade Deficit Countries: A Closer Look

February 22, 2017
By Jason Cooper, CPA Research Assistant In 2016 the U.S. ran an overall $946 billion trade deficit* in goods, seven times the 1992 level. In the 23 years from 1992 to 2016, the deficit has risen dramatically, from 1.3% of our GDP to 5.1%. Our global goods deficit is driven...
Currency Misalignment

Fixing the Bloated Dollar

February 14, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The fear is growing that a rising dollar could sabotage any effort by the Trump Administration to improve the U.S. trade balance as a means of improving the health of our manufacturing industry.
Trade Agreements

CPA Commentary: More Economists and Leading Politicians Recognize the Trade Problem

February 09, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Sometimes the victories come so thick and fast, you have to sit down, take a deep breath, and count them. 

Trade Deficit Hits Four-Year High

February 08, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The United States trade deficit for 2016 rose to $502.3 billion, its highest level since 2012, as a growing U.S. economy, a rising U.S. dollar, mercantilist practices by many foreign trading partners, and generally lackluster economic growth in foreign markets combined to make the trade...
Balanced Trade

News Analysis: Trade Deficit Worsens, 2016 Manufacturing Deficit Heading for $800B

January 09, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director The US trade deficit grew 6.8% in November to $45.2 billion, its worst monthly figure in nine months. The November report hammered home the challenge of a large and growing manufacturing deficit and large bilateral deficits with many trading partners. 
Balanced Trade

Economic Analysis: The Job Cost of Imports

January 05, 2017
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director  A new CPA economic analysis estimates that for each $1 billion of additional imports into the U.S. costs the nation 4,552 jobs. On this basis, the rise in imports from 2009 to 2015 has meant the loss of over 3 million jobs. 
Trade Enforcement

Legislative Analysis: History of Buy American Legislation from 1933 to Today

January 05, 2017
By Jason Cooper, CPA Research Assistant US Buy America laws mandate that the government prefer domestic products over foreign ones when making purchases.  Free trade agreements (FTAs) carve out exceptions to that mandate by requiring that the government treat the products of most of our major trading partners as equivalent...
Trade Enforcement

Legislative Analysis: The Enforce and Protect Act of 2016

December 21, 2016
By Jason Cooper, CPA Research Assistant The USA places duties on trade in response to unlawful trade practices by foreign companies, but in some cases companies illegally bypass those duties, gambling that they won’t get caught.  In February of 2016 the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) was passed to improve...
Balanced Trade

Balanced Trade: Guiding US Economic Rebirth and Job Creation

December 21, 2016
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director Summary The US government should adopt balanced trade as a key performance measure for trade policy. Following 40 years of recurrent trade deficits, our industrial base is depleted, American living standards have suffered, many of our cities and towns are in disrepair, and social...

New report on dumb economic studies of trade deals

November 30, 2016
By Michael Stumo The US International Trade Commission (USITC) and private think tanks usually do "studies" to project the impacts of trade deals. We now have more information on how freakishly wrong those studies are.