Written Submission in ITC Investigation No. TPA-105–008, Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures

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Dear Secretary Barton,

This submission is in relation to your investigation on Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented under Trade Authorities Procedures, 2021 Update. We believe this investigation is a useful exercise, and we welcome the opportunity to provide our views.

Our submission focuses on two general shortcomings that we have identified as a particular challenge for economic impact assessments of trade agreements: 1) insufficient public information on the operation of many trade agreements, which makes it difficult for the members of the public to weigh in with constructive comments; and 2) methodological issues that can contribute to an incomplete picture of a trade agreement’s impact. We elaborate on these two points below.