How Can Trade Policy Help America Compete?

Author
Robert Z. Lawrence
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Abstract
America deserves credit for not having succumbed to the global financial crisis by repeating the protectionist mistakes of the 1930s. Nonetheless, since 2007, although lip service has been paid to boosting US exports, its trade policy accomplishments have been modest. This is unfortunate because active trade policies can promote American living standards and facilitate America's return to full employment and sustained growth. These policies can also help to create a global trade order that advances American interests. This policy brief argues that the United States needs new initiatives that discipline foreign practices, increase access to foreign markets, revitalize the World Trade Organization (WTO), improve the administrative and regulatory environment for trade, and assist workers and communities adversely affected by change.
Topic
Economics, Globalization, International Trade and Finance, Markets, Global Recession, Monetary Policy, Financial Crisis
Political Geography
United States, America