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Ed Gerwin

Ed Gerwin is a senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute. He is also president of Trade Guru LLC. At PPI Gerwin runs a trade policy program that focuses on how U.S. engagement in the global economy can support greater and more inclusive economic growth and good jobs for more Americans. His work includes extensive writing and research on how digital tools, modern logistics, and smarter policy can help more small businesses benefit from global trade. Gerwin has frequently advised Administration officials, senior Congressional staff, and the broader trade community on substantive and strategic issues related to public support for trade. Prior to PPI, Gerwin was a Senior Fellow at Third Way and a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. During his 28-year career at Winston & Strawn, Gerwin represented and advised U.S. and global clients on international trade and federal relations matters, including trade agreements, investment, investigations, trade remedies, and legislation. Gerwin has authored numerous reports on trade policy issues and is a frequent speaker at Congressional, think tank, and business forums. He has also authored editorials on trade topics for publications including Bloomberg, Forbes, The Hill, The Huffington Post, Republic 3.0, Roll Call, and The Wall Street Journal and is a regular commentator on trade policy and politics.



By / 9.11.2015

Countries trade because trade delivers mutual benefits. New market-opening trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) can enhance the shared benefits of trade by eliminating barriers to expanded international commerce and deepening economic cooperation between partners. It’s not surprising, therefore, that a detailed economic simulation of freer commerce under the TPP finds that each […]

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By / 8.3.2015

WASHINGTON— Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement after top trade officials from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries on Friday announced significant progress on the historic trade agreement: “PPI welcomes Friday’s announcement that the United States and its 11 negotiating partners have made […]

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By / 6.25.2015

Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement after passage of Trade Promotion Authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance legislation in Congress: PPI applauds Congress for voting this week to advance a forward-looking trade agenda that will help grow America’s economy and support good jobs—while […]


By / 6.17.2015

In this year’s NBA Finals, LeBron James cemented his reputation as one of the greatest basketball players of all time­—becoming the first player in Finals history to lead both teams in points, rebounds, and assists in every game, and averaging an astounding 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists for the six-game series. In addition […]

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By / 6.11.2015

WASHINGTON–Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Opportunity at the Progressive Policy Institute, today released the following statement prior to a vote on Trade Promotion Authority in the House of Representatives: “Opening overseas markets to U.S. exports is integral to putting America back on a high-growth trajectory. PPI therefore urges pro-growth progressives to support President […]

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By / 5.23.2015

PPI applauds the Senate for passing Trade Promotion Authority and taking a key step in assuring that America continues to be a global leader in crafting strong, progressive trade rules that will help grow our economy and support good jobs—while also advancing important American values. As PPI has detailed in recent reports on the Administration’s […]

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By / 5.12.2015

It would be a huge mistake to misread today’s Senate trade vote as a repudiation of Trade Promotion Authority and the U.S. trade agenda. The pro-trade Democrats who provided the decisive votes today were not voting against TPA, but were seeking to include other trade measures—including those on trade enforcement and trade with Africa—in the […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 5.5.2015

Who benefits from trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)? Critics—like Joseph Stiglitz and Senator Elizabeth Warren—charge that these agreements would primarily help the world’s one percent. Stiglitz, for example, claims there’s a real risk that TPP will “benefit the wealthiest sliver of the American and global elite at the expense of everyone else.” But a rapidly growing […]


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Trade critics often charge that proposed trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) essentially serve the one percent—while harming virtually everyone else. But new trade pacts actually present a significant opportunity to drive more inclusive trade—especially by supporting the revolution in digitally enabled global commerce. In this policy brief, we explain why it is […]

Op-eds and Articles

By / 4.7.2015

In the last month, protesters have camped out in the Washington office of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and have even flown a 30-foot blimp over his town halls in Oregon. The senator’s offense? As the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden is negotiating with the Obama administration and pro-trade Republicans and Democrats on […]