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  • WebMemo posted December 10, 2009 by Daniella Markheim Time for Obama Administration to Get Serious About Trade Policy

    The World Trade Organization's (WTO) Seventh Ministerial Conference held earlier this month did little to spur progress on a global trade pact. While the ministerial was not billed as a negotiating round, and the struggling Doha Development Round was only one of several topics on the agenda, there was hope for a substantive assessment of where the round stood and how it…

  • WebMemo posted February 17, 2010 by Daniella Markheim Stop Zeroing in Anti-Dumping Investigations, Boost Trade

    In recent days, both Vietnam and the European Union have joined the ranks of countries either filing complaints or seeking sanctions against the United States within the World Trade Organization (WTO) in response to America’s practice of “zeroing” in anti-dumping investigations.[1] “Zeroing” artificially inflates dumping margins, increasing both the likelihood that the…

  • Special Report posted November 6, 2014 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Why Trade Matters and How to Unleash It: Trade Rankings from the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom

    Contributors Bryan Riley is Jay Van Andel Senior Analyst in Trade Policy in the Center for Trade and Economics, of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation. Ambassador Terry Miller is Director of the Center for Trade and Economics and the Center for Data Analysis, of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, and Mark A.…

  • Backgrounder posted September 28, 2009 by Daniella Markheim, Ambassador Terry Miller Global Trade Liberalization Continues, But Risks Abound

    Abstract: The 2010 rankings of trade freedom in countries around the world, developed by The Heritage Foundation as part of its annual Index of Economic Freedom, show many countries moving ahead on their own to lower tariffs and cut other barriers to trade. However, multilateral efforts at the World Trade Organization and elsewhere have ground to a halt. Global…

  • WebMemo posted March 21, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Rare Earths: The U.S. Government Should Not Manage Supply

    The supply of rare earth elements continues to receive a great deal of attention on both commercial and national security grounds. As ever, there are various demands from various quarters that the U.S. government act to “fix the problem.” Most of these demands are mistaken. At present, there is no acute military need for rare earths and, when considering the full…

  • Backgrounder posted July 13, 2011 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. Chinese Outward Investment: More Opportunity Than Danger

    Abstract: Chinese investment in the rest of the world, especially in the United States, continues to be a controversial topic. It is important for policymakers to understand the scope of China’s investments, and unless there is a specific national security consideration, market principles should guide the American policy response. Heritage Foundation China and…

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Bryan Riley After WTO Membership: Promoting Human Rights in Russia with the Magnitsky Act

    Abstract: Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will put U.S. companies at a disadvantage with their global competitors unless Congress first exempts Russia from the application of the Jackson–Vanik Amendment, a tool from the 1970s designed to promote human rights that no longer advances that goal. Russia admittedly suffers from weak rule of law and…

  • Special Report posted October 25, 2012 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller 2013 Index of Economic Freedom: No Boost in Trade Freedom

    Abstract: The Heritage Foundation has been tracking and ranking trade freedom around the world since 1995. The rankings have consistently shown a correlation between trade freedom and improved lives for people around the world—and vice versa. The latest rankings, in the forthcoming 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, once again confirm that connection. For that reason, it is…

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2012 by Emily Goff Shallow Loss: The 2012 Farm Bill’s New Subsidy Program

    The Senate recently passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which repeals a set of wasteful and antiquated commodity programs. Yet it supplants those program cuts with a costly new subsidy—the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program. The House draft farm bill also gets rid of the so-called direct payments and replaces them with a similar new subsidy. …

  • Special Report posted October 23, 2013 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Congress Should Get Smart and Cut Tariffs to Boost Trade Freedom

    The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world,[1] developed by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in the forthcoming 2014 Index of Economic Freedom,[2] once again demonstrate how citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not. Data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a…

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  • Backgrounder posted December 21, 2015 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller 2016 Index of Economic Freedom: Yet More Evidence of Free Trade’s Benefits

    The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world,[1] included by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in the forthcoming 2016 Index of Economic Freedom, confirm that citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not. The data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a variety of…

  • Special Report posted November 6, 2014 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Why Trade Matters and How to Unleash It: Trade Rankings from the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom

    Contributors Bryan Riley is Jay Van Andel Senior Analyst in Trade Policy in the Center for Trade and Economics, of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, at The Heritage Foundation. Ambassador Terry Miller is Director of the Center for Trade and Economics and the Center for Data Analysis, of the Institute for Economic Freedom and Opportunity, and Mark A.…

  • Backgrounder posted September 12, 2014 by Bryan Riley Foreign Export Credit Subsidies: Kill Them, Don’t Copy Them

    Many supporters of the U.S. Export–Import Bank (Ex–Im Bank) assert that the bank serves a legitimate purpose as a response to export subsidies provided by foreign governments. For example, according to National Association of Manufacturers President and Chief Executive Officer Jay Timmons, The size and scope of the Ex–Im Bank pales in comparison to the official export…

  • Special Report posted October 23, 2013 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Congress Should Get Smart and Cut Tariffs to Boost Trade Freedom

    The latest rankings of trade freedom around the world,[1] developed by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal in the forthcoming 2014 Index of Economic Freedom,[2] once again demonstrate how citizens of countries that embrace free trade are better off than those in countries that do not. Data continue to show a strong correlation between trade freedom and a…

  • Backgrounder posted March 8, 2013 by Derek Scissors, Ph.D. What a Good Trans-Pacific Partnership Looks Like

    Every day, U.S. policymakers are faced with choices that will determine the future of American leadership in Asia. One such set of choices involves the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated. The TPP is a set of trade and investment negotiations among the U.S., Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and…

  • Issue Brief posted February 15, 2013 by Walter Lohman, Derek Scissors, Ph.D. U.S. Should Back India’s Membership in APEC

    It has been a bad half-decade for American foreign economic policy. The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha round was mortally wounded in 2008. The last three bilateral trade agreements were stalled and then renegotiated. The next one is not even on the radar screen. While the 11-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and a possible agreement with the 27-nation European…

  • Special Report posted October 25, 2012 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller 2013 Index of Economic Freedom: No Boost in Trade Freedom

    Abstract: The Heritage Foundation has been tracking and ranking trade freedom around the world since 1995. The rankings have consistently shown a correlation between trade freedom and improved lives for people around the world—and vice versa. The latest rankings, in the forthcoming 2013 Index of Economic Freedom, once again confirm that connection. For that reason, it is…

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2012 by Emily Goff Shallow Loss: The 2012 Farm Bill’s New Subsidy Program

    The Senate recently passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, which repeals a set of wasteful and antiquated commodity programs. Yet it supplants those program cuts with a costly new subsidy—the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) program. The House draft farm bill also gets rid of the so-called direct payments and replaces them with a similar new subsidy. …

  • Backgrounder posted May 14, 2012 by Ariel Cohen, Ph.D., Bryan Riley After WTO Membership: Promoting Human Rights in Russia with the Magnitsky Act

    Abstract: Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) will put U.S. companies at a disadvantage with their global competitors unless Congress first exempts Russia from the application of the Jackson–Vanik Amendment, a tool from the 1970s designed to promote human rights that no longer advances that goal. Russia admittedly suffers from weak rule of law and…

  • Backgrounder posted October 7, 2011 by Bryan Riley, Ambassador Terry Miller Global Trade Freedom Needs a Boost

    Abstract: The 2012 rankings of trade freedom around the world indicate that trade freedom in the world has remained constant or regressed slightly since 2011. The lack of improvement is regrettable because countries with the most trade freedom have the highest per capita gross domestic product, the lowest incidence of hunger, and the cleanest environments. The U.S. needs…

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