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

Commentary

Will India Destroy the WTO’s Agricultural Reforms?

By Daniel R. Pearson. The Hill (Online). October 14, 2014.

India’s Dangerous Food Subsidies

By Daniel R. Pearson. The Diplomat. August 26, 2014.

Should the ‘Right to be Forgotten’ be Reviewed by an International Court?

By Simon Lester. Euractiv.com. July 24, 2014.

Cato Studies

One Year into the TTIP Negotiations: Getting to Yes

By Simon Lester. Free Trade Bulletin No. 59. September 29, 2014.

Opening the Skies: Put Free Trade in Airline Services on the Transatlantic Trade Agenda

By Kenneth J. Button. Policy Analysis No. 757. September 15, 2014.

The Obama Administration’s Trade Agenda Is Crumbling

By Daniel R. Pearson. Free Trade Bulletin No. 58. March 19, 2014.

Articles

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.

Finding the Boundaries of International Economic Law

Simon Lester. Journal of International Economic Law. Vol. 17. No. 1. February 24, 2014.

Public Filings

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.

Events

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.

TPA, TPP, TTIP, and You: When Will We Enjoy the Fruits of the U.S. Trade Agenda?

Featuring Daniel J. Ikenson, Simon Lester, Daniel R. Pearson & K. William Watson. March 7, 2014. Capitol Hill Briefing.

Patents, Public Health, and International Law: The Eli Lilly NAFTA Chapter 11 Case

Featuring Simon Lester. January 16, 2014. Policy Forum.