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Simon Lester

Associate Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies

How To Get Back To Multilateral Trade Liberalization: Cut Agriculture Subsidies!

There are probably several examples of what might constitute significant trade liberalization, but the most obvious one is agriculture subsidies. Someone needs to take the lead and propose that all governments cut their agriculture subsidies significantly, instead of hiding behind the actions of others to avoid doing any liberalizing of their own.


Bringing More Competition to Health Insurance

In the trade negotiations going on right now with the EU, European companies can ask the EU trade negotiators to press for rules ensuring that U.S. regulations don’t discriminate against foreign insurance providers.


How to Think about the TPP

The TPP has two major aspects to think about: the trade liberalizing part, which is good; and the regulatory part, which is pretty mixed.


The Politics of the TPP

With trade agreements these days addressing so many aspects of social policy, assembling a package of provisions that Congress will support is a challenge.