Trade & Global Opportunity

An open global economy boosts U.S. growth, supports good jobs, and enhances the buying power of American consumers. PPI advances policies that help American producers and workers to tap into global commerce, while assuring that trade’s substantial benefits are more broadly shared.

Publications

By / 10.31.2016

Opponents of trade and trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) often frame the trade debate as a battle between “the elites” and average Americans, especially American workers. Trade skeptics charge that America’s pursuit of rules-based, open trade is essentially an exercise that’s by and for big multinationals and the Wall Street one percent, while […]

By / 9.26.2016

When Americans think of trade, we tend to focus on large, world-leading multinationals. We usually don’t think of a small food exporter like Pacific Valley Foods, which started in a couple’s home office, or of The Pro’s Closet, an online global reseller of used biking gear founded by a pro cyclist. But, like these businesses, […]

Press

By / 8.17.2017

With the rollout of their new “A Better Deal” agenda, congressional Democrats have a chance for a reset with American voters. And nowhere do they need a reset more than on trade. Unfortunately, with their recent announcement of “A Better Deal on Trade and Jobs,” Democrats missed a key opportunity to offer a balanced trade plan that […]

By / 8.1.2017

Donald Trump is infatuated with the 2016 election map, which underscores his dominance in red-coded rural counties. Candidate Trump repeatedly promised to “take care” of America’s rural voters who, in return, provided some of his biggest vote margins. It’s ironic, then, that on issues from budgets to healthcare, America’s heartland stands to become an early […]

By / 3.31.2017

The Trump administration recently released a trade pronouncement that goes beyond the president’s preferred 140-character format. The 2017 Trade Policy Agenda is a report, required by Congress, that highlights Administration priorities on trade. An earlier, leaked version criticized aspects of the global trading system as “untethered from economic realities.” That wonderful phrase is missing from […]

Blog

By / 9.20.2017

Everyone knows that Chinese wages have soared in recent years. Factory pay is up 64% since 2011, according to one source. The yuan-dollar rate was 6.38 on September 20, 2011, compared to 6.57 today, virtually no change. So quick quiz. What do you think has happened to the price of imports from China since then? […]

By / 8.27.2017

Warning! Wonky post ahead. At PPI, we are focused on understanding where the new jobs of the future are coming from, and how policymakers can help foster their growth. That sometimes requires identifying underlying trends that may not be obvious. The growth of multiple networks of ecommerce fulfillment centers–built by retailers such as Amazon, Walmart, […]

By / 1.23.2017

The Progressive Policy Institute issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): In announcing his decision today to withdraw from the TPP, President Trump claimed that this step was a “great thing.” We strongly disagree. The President’s hasty action on the TPP is bad […]