Monday, October 2, 2006

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Submit your question to the U.S. Trade Representative!!

Tomorrow I'll be a panelist for an AEI symposium, "The World Trading System after the Collapse of Doha: The WTO, Developing Countries, and Regionalism." The highlight will be a speech by the Honorable Susan C. Schwab, U.S. Trade Representative.

Other panelists include former under secretary of Commerce Grant D. Aldonas, AEI's Claude E. Barfield, former undersecretary of State Alan P. Larson, And Georgetown law professor Daniel K. Tarullo.

I believe I'll be dining with the USTR before her speech. So, readers are encouraged to submit concise, issue-appropriate, and polite questions to pose during the lunch hour.

UPDATE: OK, the lunch is over -- I'll be posting an after-action report later this evening.

posted by Dan on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM


The offshoring of American manufacturing was supposed to result in a new wave (from comparative advatage) of high value jobs for American workers.

Instead the only wave is low-value jobs in big box stores.

When do American workers see the advantages of globalization (other than the "cheap sneakers" argument of Kristen Forbes).

posted by: save_the_rustbelt on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

Is it realistic to expect meaningful reform of agricultural commodity programs as long as the federal deficit is not a salient political issue, or do proposals to shift support for program crops to so-called "green box" have some prospects for enactment (based on the threat of WTO sanctions)?

posted by: Zathras on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

At what level should IP policy be conflated with trade negotiations, given that it often functions more as a trade barrier (whether US-driven TRIPS or things like EU demands for database copyright) than a mechanism for freer trade?

posted by: kcure on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

How will the Bush administration deal with the impending investigation by the WTO regarding allegations that that the US has made little or no effort to comply with the decision against cotton subsidies?

posted by: Randy Paul on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

There is a very simple question.
There is strong evidence that workers in this country are feeling the impact of free trade and increasing globalization. Wage stagnation and increase job churn. Jobs available but not at the same level that those lost (There is an NBER paper about this).
Are the U.S government not concern about a very large portion of the U.S workforce lagging behind?

posted by: Serge on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

Mexico's economic growth is stunted by insufficient economic freedom in that nation. Its citizens (and its tax coffers) are poorer because of it, and in despair many Mexicans violate US immigration laws to find a market in which they can participate. What can the United States do to influence Mexico to expand its economic freedoms?

posted by: Alan K. Henderson on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

When will you quit placating the anti-subsidy crowd and publish a fact-finding study explaining exactly how little real impact subsidies of cotton and other crops by the US gov't actually have on growers in other countries?

posted by: Useless Sam Grant on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

Currently, one of the great waves of change wrought by the internet is the ability to deliver consulting services to US customers from remotely connected, and far more lowly paid (but highly educated) people in nations such as India. Are you beginning to see protectionist pressures regarding these services? How is the European Union dealing with this trend?

posted by: Appalled Moderate on 10.02.06 at 04:37 PM [permalink]

All the debate on trade balances depends upon the data. Several years ago, the worldwide figures showed the whole globe was in a trade deficit to itself ... meaning that the numbers were less than reliable.

What is the quality of the data today, and what is being done to improve them?

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