Various trade agreements have created export opportunities for U.S. companies, and raised profits, employment, and wages in industries that serve expanding global markets. Meanwhile, WTO membership exerts influence on the U.S. government to keep our own market open to the global economy. American families benefit from this openness through access to a wider range of affordable goods and services, raising the real value of our paychecks. The competition from abroad spurs domestic producers to keep prices down, develop new and better products, and adopt more efficient production. The ability to import raw materials, capital equipment, and intermediate inputs, such as competitively priced steel and semiconductors, lowers the cost of production for U.S. producers and keeps them competitive in global markets.

More on Trade Agreements and the WTO


The Rhetoric and Reality of ISDS

By Simon Lester. National Review (Online). November 10, 2015.

Will Tobacco Kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

By Simon Lester. National Interest (Online). October 14, 2015.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Washington’s Unwise Exclusion of China

By Ted Galen Carpenter. Aspenia Online. October 10, 2015.

Cato Studies

Antidumping Fowls Out: U.S.–South Africa Chicken Dispute Highlights the Need for Global Reform

By K. William Watson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 62. October 19, 2015.

Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: What Lies Ahead?

By Daniel J. Ikenson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 61. June 8, 2015.

Chinese Free Trade Is No Threat to American Free Trade

By Simon Lester. Free Trade Bulletin No. 60. April 22, 2015.


Privateers! Their History and Future

Alexander Tabarrok and Alex Nowrasteh. Fletcher Security Review. Vol. 2. No. 1. January 28, 2015.

Financial Services in the TTIP: Making the Prudential Exception Work

Inu Barbee and Simon Lester. Georgetown Journal of International Law. Vol. 45. No. 4. 2014.

The TPP and the Future of Trade Agreements

Inu Barbee and Simon Lester. Latin American Journal of International Trade Law. Vol. 2. No. 1. 2014.

Public Filings

Trade Promotion Agencies and U.S. Foreign Policy

By Daniel J. Ikenson. Testimony. May 19, 2015.

The Pilot Program on NAFTA Long-Haul Trucking Provisions

By Daniel Griswold. Testimony. May 4, 2011.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Protectionism by Any Other Name

Pierre Lemieux. Regulation. Fall 2014.


The ITC and Digital Trade: The ClearCorrect Decision

Featuring Daniel R. Pearson. December 9, 2015. Policy Forum.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: The Uncertain Path from Agreement to Ratification to Implementation

Featuring Daniel J. Ikenson and Simon Lester. October 28, 2015. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The Bitter Taste of Sugar Protectionism: How Congress and the U.S. Sugar Industry Kill Jobs, Raise the Cost of Living for Americans, and Compel U.S. Companies to Move Overseas

Featuring Daniel J. Ikenson and Daniel R. Pearson. June 13, 2014. Capitol Hill Briefing.