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

November 6, 2020 • Testimony

United States International Trade Commission

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.

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About the Authors
Simon Lester

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