Trade Talks

Trade Talks

www.tradetalkspodcast.com
with Soumaya Keynes & Chad P. Bown


133. How one man and some metal boxes revolutionized global trade
Jun 29
Malcom McLean spurred containerized shipping in the 1950s. The impact on people, ports, cities and, of course, trade, was massive.
132. US-China Trade War: The Negotiators
Jun 21
How the people Presidents Trump and Xi tapped to negotiate helped shape the US-China trade relationship over 2017-2020.
131. How travel matters for trade
Jun 11
Why Nigerian traders pay so much to travel to China, and how COVID-19 has made that more complicated.
130. So you want to design a tariff schedule…
May 31
Making sense of the ‘Global Tariffs’ that the UK will begin to apply to thousands of imported products after Brexit is complete.
129. Operation Quack Hack: Are China’s medical supplies safe to trade?
May 14
Faulty Chinese medical gear emerges, as both the US and China adjust their product regulations in response to the pandemic.
128. Beautiful Trade in Ugly Times
Apr 26
In good times, cosmetics are a logistical challenge, as dangerous goods go from ideas to store shelves. Now come the hard times.
127. The COVID-19 Trade Collapse: Lessons from 2009?
Apr 14
Understanding the Great Trade Collapse of 2009 may help anticipate the impending decline in exports and imports today.
126. COVID-19 and Trade: Stories from the Data
Mar 27
How companies are coping (or not) with the massive disruption in global trade flows due to COVID-19.
125. Coronavirus and Trade Restrictions
Mar 14
Countries try to beat COVID-19 by limiting exports of medical supplies and cutting tariffs.
124. Is Trade Bad for Women?
Mar 5
Does globalization contribute to the gender wage gap? Beata Javorcik joins to explain one overlooked channel.
123. Coronavirus: From Quarantine to Trade
Feb 28
Simon Rabinovitch joins from China to discuss the economic, trade, and supply chain implications of the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.
122. Tariffs, Protests and Wine
Feb 23
A Washington protest march and the wine industry illustrate the impact of US tariffs on American small businesses.
121. Can Infant Industry Protection Work? Evidence from Napoleon
Feb 12
How the Napoleonic Blockade helps economists see whether temporary protection from trade can further industrial development.
120. Extreme Trade: The Rise and Fall of Glasgow’s Shipbuilding
Jan 31
What is the Glasgow effect? Richard Davies explains, and tells the gripping economic story of the Scottish city’s boom and bust.
119. Stock Markets, the Economy, and Trump’s Trade Policy Uncertainty
Jan 26
Nick Bloom joins to discuss policy uncertainty under President Trump and implications for the economy and stock market.
118. Ins and Outs of the US-China Phase-One Trade Deal
Jan 18
Two former and longtime USTR negotiators join to explain the details of the new US-China trade agreement.
117. Trump’s Import Tariffs Have Hurt US Exports
Jan 8
New evidence reveals Trump’s import tariffs are contributing to the recent slowdown in US exports.
116. Fish Subsidies. What’s the Catch?
Dec 30, 2019
Why is the WTO struggling to negotiate limits to fisheries subsidies? As always, it’s complicated.
115. The Trade War and US Elections
Dec 20, 2019
New research shows how Trump’s trade war may have cost Republican seats in the 2018 election for the US House of Representatives.
114: US and China Announce a Phase-One Deal
Dec 16, 2019
Trump’s USTR provides some details of what has been agreed, including tariff cuts, purchases and structural reforms.
113: How and Why Congressional Democrats Tweaked the USMCA
Dec 14, 2019
USMCA gets one step closer after Congressional Democrats, organized labor, the Trump administration, and Mexico strike a deal.
112: Forensic Subsidies Detectives and Trade Disputes
Dec 9, 2019
Government subsidies are a key battle area in today’s trade disputes. The OECD has a new way to track them down.
111: Trade Policy Under Trump
Nov 25, 2019
A former senior Trump trade official shares his take on US policy toward China, the EU and the WTO.
110: Will 3D Printing Increase Trade? Hear All About It
Nov 12, 2019
New evidence from the hearing aid industry on whether 3D printing will eliminate the need for trade.
109: A Different US-China Fight Hits the Headlines
Nov 5, 2019
The WTO authorizes China to retaliate against US exports. The timing bodes poorly for an Appellate Body already under stress.
108: Making Services Trade Great
Nov 1, 2019
Services trade gets no respect. The release of the WTO’s World Trade Report 2019 gave us a chance to fix that.
107: Bombed Embassies and Document Leaks – How China Got into the WTO
Oct 24, 2019
Was letting China join the WTO a mistake? Paul Blustein describes fraught negotiations with America that culminated in its entry.
106: Trump’s Mini-Deal with China
Oct 14, 2019
Jenny Leonard explains President Trump’s October 11 announcement, as well as what it is like reporting daily on the trade war.
105: Aircraft Subsidy Disputes: How These Tariffs Are Different
Oct 7, 2019
The WTO authorizes new US retaliatory tariffs on EU imports in one of the biggest and longest-running formal disputes in history.
104: How to Hit Currency Manipulators and Fight the Strong Dollar
Sep 30, 2019
Explore past US efforts to counter countries with undervalued currencies, as well as two controversial proposals to do so today.
103: US-China Trade War from the Trenches
Sep 24, 2019
The annual US-China Business Council survey of members paints an interesting picture of American companies operating in China.
102: Is Trump Beating the Chinese Economy?
Sep 17, 2019
Nicholas Lardy explains how the Chinese economy is faring thus far during the trade war.
101: Huawei, National Security, and the Trade War
Sep 15, 2019
Yuan Yang explains the Chinese telecom equipment maker’s role in the US-China trade war and concerns over national security.
100: Sneaking Up on a No-Deal Brexit
Sep 11, 2019
Anand Menon joins to update developments on Britain’s plan to leave the European Union.
99: The Surprising Story of the US Trade Deficit with South Korea
Sep 6, 2019
Kadee Russ explains why the US trade imbalance with South Korea expanded after their trade agreement went into effect.
98: What’s Wrong with Germany’s Trade Surplus?
Aug 28, 2019
Jeromin Zettelmeyer explains Germany’s export competitiveness and why concerns over its trade surplus derive from somewhere else.
97: Watching China’s Human Rights
Aug 22, 2019
Sophie Richardson joins Keynes and Bown in a wide-ranging conversation about heightened concerns over human rights in China.
96: Trump’s Next China Tariffs and Fears in the Global Economy
Aug 16, 2019
Keynes and Bown explain Trump’s rollout of tariffs on $300 billion of Chinese imports and new evidence of global economic turmoil.
95: Is China a Currency Manipulator?
Aug 9, 2019
Keynes and Bown explain the controversy surrounding President Trump’s decision to designate China a currency manipulator.
94: The Fed and the Trade War, with Adam Posen
Aug 3, 2019
Adam Posen explains why the US Federal Reserve is suddenly cutting interest rates and what that has to do with President Trump’s trade war.
93: US Trade Policy Before Trump, with Ambassador Michael Froman
Jul 19, 2019
Former USTR Michael Froman joins to discuss how the Obama administration tackled China and the World Trade Organization.
92: Japan and South Korea: Old Wounds, New Trade Fight
Jul 15, 2019
Dukgeun Ahn joins to explain how Japan’s threat to limit exports to South Korea involves issues much deeper than smartphone trade.
91: Can Trade Adjustment Assistance Work?
Jul 4, 2019
Ben Hyman joins to discuss whether an American program actually helps workers hurt by trade.
90: Trade Policy the Asian Way
Jun 11, 2019
Former Indonesian Trade Minister Mari Pangestu discusses trade deals – from ASEAN to RCEP to the GSP – the trade war, and more.
89: The Migration Crisis Behind Trump’s Mexico Tariff Threat
Jun 6, 2019
Gordon Hanson joins to explain the roots of the migration emergency at both the US and Mexican southern borders.
88: Trump-Mexico Trade War Cheat Sheet
Jun 1, 2019
Keynes and Bown discuss Trump’s national emergency declaration and potential tariffs on $350 billion of imports from Mexico.
87: Trump Shifts His National Security Threats (Again)
May 20, 2019
Keynes and Bown explain Trump’s latest trade action on cars and implications of his partial removal of steel and aluminum tariffs.
86: When Is Tariff Revenue Bad Tax Revenue?
May 17, 2019
Lucie Gadenne (University of Warwick, IFS) joins Keynes and Bown to explain when and why some countries use import tariffs as an important source of total tax revenue collections. They discuss her research on the…
85: Trump-China Negotiating Dramatics and Even More Tariffs
May 12, 2019
Keynes and Bown update the sudden change in US-China trade negotiations and implications of President Trump’s tariff escalation.
84: Brexit, British Politics, and European Parliamentary Elections
May 7, 2019
Duncan Robinson joins to update Brexit, cleavages in British political parties, and 2019 elections to the European Parliament.
83: Tariffs for Sale and Identity Politics
May 2, 2019
Gene Grossman joins to discuss how political economists explain trade protectionism.
82: How Big Is the USMCA? It’s Uncertain
Apr 27, 2019
Keynes and Bown discuss the US government report and economic impact assessment of the potential NAFTA replacement.
81: National Security and Trade – The Fear of Imitation
Apr 18, 2019
Mona Pinchis-Paulsen joins to discuss the origins and history of using national security threats to justify trade restrictions.
80: Zeroing: The Biggest WTO Threat You’ve Never Heard Of (#45)
Apr 9, 2019
Keynes and Bown explain how a tiny part of US antidumping tariff calculations threatens the entire trading system.
79: A President Explains Mexican Trade
Apr 5, 2019
Ernesto Zedillo joins to discuss 40 years of Mexico’s trade, the impact of import substitution policies, NAFTA, and the USMCA.
78: Trade Talks Does Its Taxes
Mar 31, 2019
Kimberly Clausing joins Keynes and Bown to discuss today’s economic and policy challenges in taxing multinational companies.
77: Happy Tariffversary
Mar 24, 2019
Keynes and Bown discuss new research on the economics and politics behind President Trump’s tariffs and the resulting retaliation.
76: Trump versus India: Fighting over Which Poor Countries Are Special
Mar 10, 2019
The Trump administration pulled India and Turkey from the US Generalized System of Preference, a program that offers zero tariffs to imports from poor countries. Keynes and Bown explain the decision and how it fits into a broader battle between rich and…
75: A US-China Farm Subsidy Fight at the WTO
Mar 3, 2019
Not to be overshadowed by the Trump-China trade war, the WTO issues an important legal ruling on Chinese subsidies. Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown describe how the Americans had challenged Chinese payments to farmers of corn, wheat and rice, as well as…
74: Trade Talks Tough – Sanctions on North Korea (#14)
Feb 28, 2019
Keynes and Bown replay their November 2017 interview with Marcus Noland about one of the most closed economies in the world.
73: Soybeans and the Trade War Fallout
Feb 23, 2019
Keynes and Bown explain the upheaval in American and global soybean markets stemming from the US-China trade conflict.
72: Richard Baldwin on Disruption, Technology and Trade
Feb 14, 2019
Richard Baldwin joins Keynes and Bown to discuss the past and future of globalization, new technologies, and social upheaval.
71: Money Matters for Trade
Feb 7, 2019
Kalina Manova joins Keynes and Bown to discuss how companies’ ability to borrow affects trade.
70: Nicholas Lardy on the Chinese Economy
Jan 30, 2019
Nicholas Lardy joins Keynes and Bown to discuss the changing role of the state and private firms in China’s economic development.
69: Slowbalization
Jan 25, 2019
Keynes and Bown discuss what is behind the slowdown of global trade, supply chain expansion, and international commerce.
68: Brexit Votes for Uncertainty
Jan 19, 2019
Keynes and Bown discuss the rocky departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Sam Lowe (Centre for European Reform) joins for an update on the latest political developments as Britain approaches the March…
67: Blood Trade
Jan 15, 2019
Keynes and Bown speak with Alice Fulwood (The Economist) about what is behind the $150 billion of annual trade in blood plasma products. They cut through the mystery of the exploding trade flows by explaining…
66: Paul Krugman Talks Trade
Dec 17, 2018
Keynes and Bown sit down with Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman (CUNY and New York Times) in a wide-ranging interview about international trade. They discuss NAFTA, labor standards, and the USMCA (2:25); the current toxicity…
65: What Would a Trump-China Deal Look Like?
Dec 9, 2018
Keynes and Bown explain the recent 90-day agreement between Presidents Trump and Xi that puts on hold further tariff escalation between the United States and China. They speak with Mark Wu (Harvard Law) and former…
64: (Trade) Dealing with Europe
Nov 29, 2018
Keynes and Bown speak with veteran trade journalist Alan Beattie (Financial Times) about the complexities of negotiating with the European Union on trade. They discuss the EU’s dealings with the UK over Brexit and the…
63: Can Trump and the EU Strike a Deal?
Nov 21, 2018
Keynes and Bown discuss the prospect of negotiations between the United States and the European Union on a trade deal that would meet President Trump’s objectives of zero tariffs, zero nontariff barriers, and zero subsidies….
62: Randomized Trade
Nov 9, 2018
Keynes and Bown speak with Amit Khandelwal (Columbia Business School) about the impact that exporting has on firm productivity. They discuss his evidence from a randomized control trial that new foreign market access improved how…
61: Trade, Firms, Profits, and Market Power: It’s Complicated
Nov 2, 2018
Keynes and Bown speak with incoming World Bank Chief Economist Penny Goldberg (Yale University) about her research on how trade liberalization affects consumers and firms when firms have market power. They discuss the impact that…
60: America May Be Doing Away with WTO Dispute Settlement
Oct 29, 2018
Keynes and Bown talk with former WTO Appellate Body member Jennifer Hillman (Georgetown Law) about WTO dispute settlement. They describe the procedural, philosophical, and judicial complaints the United States has with the current way of addressing…
59: A Hard Border from History
Oct 18, 2018
Keynes and Bown talk with Stephen Redding (Princeton University) about his research on the border between East and West Germany erected in the mid-20th century. They discuss the loss of market access for cities near…
58: Woodward. Trump. Fear. Trade Is Bad.
Oct 10, 2018
Keynes and Bown talk with best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Bob Woodward about his latest book Fear: Trump in the White House. From snatching trade agreement withdrawal letters off the president’s desk to…
57: It’s Fun to Discuss the USMCA—the New NAFTA
Oct 5, 2018
Keynes and Bown describe key elements of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, announced on October 1, 2018. Beneath the spin, they analyze what the deal really does, including where new market access has been…
56: Do You Like Trade? Tariffs? Trade Deals? China?
Sep 28, 2018
Keynes and Bown speak with Bruce Stokes (Pew Research Center) about recent poll results on public attitudes toward trade. They discuss how Americans feel about trade and trade agreements, China, differences between self-identified Democrats and…
55: Is India a Trade Troublemaker?
Sep 22, 2018
Keynes and Bown speak with Arvind Subramanian (PIIE, Harvard Kennedy School) about the massive changes in India’s trade policy since the 1980s. They examine the scope and impact of India’s trade liberalization; the importance of…
54: Can Trump Withdraw from Trade Deals?
Sep 15, 2018
Keynes and Bown examine the legal arguments surrounding President Trump’s threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and World Trade Organization. They speak with legal experts Gary Hufbauer (PIIE), Rachel Brewster (Duke…
53: Oh NAFTA–It’s Canada’s Turn
Sep 7, 2018
Keynes and Bown examine critical economic issues caught up in Canada’s talks with the Trump administration over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement. They speak with Meredith Lilly (Carleton University) and Madelaine…
52: NAFTA “Deal Fever”
Sep 3, 2018
Keynes and Bown examine the still murky details on autos and a potential sunset clause for the Mexico-United States trade agreement—which the Trump administration says is designed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement…
51: Trade at the White House in Not So Normal Times
Aug 14, 2018
Keynes and Bown have a conversation with Jason Furman (PIIE, Harvard Kennedy School)—a former senior economic adviser of the Obama administration—about American economic policy. They ask Furman about economic and trade policy during the Great…
50: Aluminum Made in the USA
Aug 10, 2018
Keynes and Bown explore the aluminum industry: how to make it, changes in North American production over the past few decades, and the industry’s real complaints. They discuss the Trump administration’s tariffs on imported aluminum…
49: Are Trump’s Steel Quotas Worse than His Steel Tariffs?
Aug 1, 2018
Keynes and Bown describe how the Trump administration’s quotas imposed on steel imports from South Korea, Brazil, and Argentina are different from the simple application of tariffs. They speak with Ambassador Jennifer Hillman—former administrator of…
48: Trump Buys the Farmers
Jul 27, 2018
Keynes and Bown explain the US government decision to offer up to $12 billion of subsidies to farmers adversely affected by trade retaliation stemming from President Trump’s tariffs on steel, aluminum, and China. They speak…
47: WTO S.O.S.–Save our System
Jul 21, 2018
Keynes and Bown detail an emerging approach for the European Union, Japan, China—and the Trump administration—to resolve the conflict over subsidies, one of the most pressing challenges confronting the World Trade Organization. They explain the…
46: How Do Trump’s Tariffs Stack Up Historically?
Jul 13, 2018
Keynes and Bown compare President Donald Trump’s tariffs imposed to date—on solar panels, washing machines, steel, aluminum, and Chinese imports—with other major American protectionist episodes. They speak to economic historian Douglas A. Irwin (PIIE)…
45: Zeroing: The Biggest WTO Threat You’ve Never Heard Of
Jul 2, 2018
Keynes and Bown explain the outsized importance of “zeroing”—a technical, yet politically controversial method the United States uses to calculate antidumping tariffs. They speak to Thomas Prusa (Rutgers University) about zeroing’s contentious negotiating…
44: Brexit Two Years On
Jun 28, 2018
Keynes and Bown explain recent developments in the UK-EU trade talks on Britain’s departure from the European Union. At the two-year mark after the June 23, 2016 Leave referendum, they speak to Anand Menon (King’s…
43: Costing Trump’s China Tariffs
Jun 21, 2018
Keynes and Bown explain some implications of President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on US imports from China starting July 6, 2018, which could escalate to cover $450 billion of American imports. They speak to…
42: Trump and Tariff Tweets: It’s More Complicated Than That
Jun 15, 2018
Bown and Keynes explain the nonreciprocal pattern of tariffs—and nontariff barriers—across countries highlighted by President Trump’s tweets and statements about high levels of tariff protection received by Canadian dairy farmers, automakers in Europe and…
41: Trump and China’s “War of Saliva”
Jun 8, 2018
Keynes and Bown discuss a variety of Chinese perspectives of the Trump administration’s trade policy.
40: Steel and Aluminum Tariffs: Trump versus Everyone
Jun 2, 2018
Bown and Keynes explain the economic implications of President Trump’s decision to apply steel and aluminum trade restrictions on virtually all US trading partners as of June 1, 2018. Countries have announced their plans to…
39: Car Crash–Trump Sees More National Security Threats
May 25, 2018
Keynes and Bown talk with Kristin Dziczek (Center for Automotive Research) about President Trump’s new investigation into whether imports of autos threaten American national security. They discuss the implications of potential new tariffs for the NAFTA…
38: ZTE, Trump, and China–What’s the Fuss?
May 18, 2018
Keynes and Bown discuss with Yuan Yang of the Financial Times how the US Commerce Department decision to sanction Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE—and its potential reversal by President Trump—affects the firm’s supply chain and Chinese and American…
37: Cottoning on to Trade
May 8, 2018
Keynes and Bown talk with Professor Claudia Steinwender (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) about her research on the impact of the trans-Atlantic telegraph on trade. New information through the telegraph affected 1860s cotton price differences…
36: The Railroads Episode: America, India, and Intranational Trade
May 1, 2018
Keynes and Bown discuss with Dave Donaldson (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) his research on how massive railroad projects—across America in the late 1800s and colonial India in the early 1900s—affected trade costs, market access, intranational…
35: The Labor of NAFTA
Apr 27, 2018
Bown and Keynes explain controversial elements of the ongoing NAFTA negotiations that relate to jobs, wages, and workers. There are tradeoffs in the new proposals for automobile rules of origin, the enforcement of labor standards…
34: So You Want To Be a Trade Negotiator
Apr 20, 2018
Bown and Keynes sit down with former acting deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler to learn how to negotiate trade agreements. Wendy shares 25 years of experience balancing domestic politics, while driving hard bargains with…
33: Trade and Investment Talks: China Wants America’s Technology
Apr 13, 2018
Keynes and Bown explain the Chinese economic development strategy at the core of the Trump administration’s Section 301 dispute and latest tariff threats. They discuss Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” industrial policy, how technology gets…
32: Trump, China, and Tariffs: $3 billion, $50 billion, or $100 billion?
Apr 6, 2018
Keynes and Bown discuss the escalating tariff fight between President Trump and China. They update the status of Trump’s “national security” tariffs on steel and aluminum as well as Beijing’s retaliation over $3 billion of…
31: Trade Wars and the Smoot-Hawley Tariff: What Really Happened?
Mar 20, 2018
Keynes and Bown speak with Douglas Irwin (PIIE and Dartmouth College) about popular misconceptions around the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930, the Great Depression, and the global trade wars that ensued. They discuss how the…
30: Trade Talks to Real People
Mar 15, 2018
Keynes and Bown have a conversation with Ana Swanson from the New York Times about trade and journalism. They discuss encounters relating to steel, aluminum, softwood lumber and lobsters, as well as the surprises along…
29: After Trump’s Tariffs: Retaliation, Negotiation, and Litigation
Mar 10, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown explain developments resulting from President Trump’s announcement of new “national security” import tariffs on steel and aluminum. They discuss those countries hit by—and…
28: What Are Trade Deals For? Dani Rodrik Does Trade Talks, Part 4
Mar 2, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown have a wide-ranging conversation with Dani Rodrik (Harvard Kennedy School) about trade agreements. In Part 4 of this 4-episode conversation, they provide a…
27: What Are Trade Deals For? Dani Rodrik Does Trade Talks, Part 3
Mar 2, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown have a wide-ranging conversation with Dani Rodrik (Harvard Kennedy School) about trade agreements. In Part 3 of this 4-episode conversation, they discuss concerns…
26: What Are Trade Deals For? Dani Rodrik Does Trade Talks, Part 2
Mar 1, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown have a wide-ranging conversation with Dani Rodrik (Harvard Kennedy School) about trade agreements. In Part 2 of this 4-episode conversation, they discuss ways…
25: What Are Trade Deals For? Dani Rodrik Does Trade Talks, Part 1
Mar 1, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown have a wide-ranging conversation with Dani Rodrik (Harvard Kennedy School) about trade agreements. In Part 1 of this 4-episode conversation, they discuss the…
24: The Trump Administration Views Trade as National Security Threat
Feb 21, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of the Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown explore the US Department of Commerce findings that imports of steel and aluminum threaten national security and the recommendation that President Trump impose…
23: Did Protectionism Make America Great?
Feb 15, 2018
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of the Economist talk with PIIE Senior Fellow Douglas Irwin about his recent book Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy and the role…
22: The Other UK Trade Deals–Brexit and Rolling over the EU’s FTAs
Feb 8, 2018
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist discuss the challenges facing the UK government as it seeks negotiations separate from the Brexit talks to maintain existing market access through the…
21: North American Cars–Before and After NAFTA
Feb 2, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the evolution of the auto industry in North America. Long before the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 1965 Canada-US…
20: Tariff Time! Washing Machines and Dirty Trade Policy
Jan 26, 2018
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the controversy surrounding the US washing machine market and update the solar panels case, in light of President Trump’s decision to impose…
19: GSP – Low Tariffs for Development?
Jan 19, 2018
Keynes and Bown discuss the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the program rich countries use to offer lower tariffs to exporters in developing countries. They discuss a variety of programs—the now expired US GSP scheme,…
18: Brexit–Sectoral Analyses or Impact Assessments?
Jan 9, 2018
Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown speak with Professor Meredith Crowley (University of Cambridge) about her Brexit research. Crowley describes results from her use of information on product-level UK exports…
17: WTO Ministerials–Now and Then
Dec 21, 2017
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist focus on the December 2017 World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires. They describe the contentious negotiations over India’s public stockholding…
16. Weird Trade Barriers–Or How Trade Talks Help a Cocktail Party
Dec 15, 2017
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist survey listeners and conduct interviews from the WTO ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires, to describe some of the more bizarre—and fascinating—barriers to international…
15: Is China a Non-Market Economy? Why the WTO Gets to Decide
Dec 8, 2017
Keynes and Bown focus on a huge WTO dispute in which China is suing the European Union and the United States over their refusal to treat it as a market economy, meaning they will not…
14: Trade Talks Tough: Sanctions on North Korea
Nov 30, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown talk with PIIE Senior Fellow Marcus Noland about his research on implementing trade sanctions on North Korea. First up is his recent book…
13: Export Superstars and Billionaires: When Do Policymakers Need to Worry?
Nov 22, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown talk with PIIE Senior Fellow Caroline Freund about her research on big firms, billionaires, international trade, and economic development. First up is her…
12: How to Save a (Pacific) Trade Deal
Nov 16, 2017
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of the Economist examine the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). They discuss how 11 persistent countries pulled the original TPP deal from…
11: The Complicated Impact of Trade…on Developing Countries
Nov 9, 2017
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of the Economist examine the impact of international trade on economic activity within developing countries like India, Vietnam, and Brazil. They talk with Professor Nina Pavcnik…
10: What If the UK Crashed into a No-Deal Brexit?
Nov 3, 2017
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist examine what a no-deal Brexit would look like, or the economic implications if Britain were to split from the European Union without a…
9: Happy 70th GATTiversary–The Origins of Multilateral Trade
Oct 27, 2017
On the occasion of its 70th anniversary, PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist focus on the origins of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, or GATT. They speak…
8: NAFTA Time Out–Unsurprisingly Unconventional
Oct 20, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of the Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown focus on the economic tension arising through the ongoing NAFTA—or North American Free Trade Agreement—talks between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The…
7: Tariffs, Subsidies, and Not-So-Friendly Skies
Oct 13, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss an ongoing trade dispute involving large civil aircraft jets, Bombardier and Boeing, as well as the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom,…
6: Uncertainty and Trade Deals–Not Good
Oct 4, 2017
PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist focus this week on the costs of increased uncertainty generated by President Trump’s threat to rip up US trade agreements as well as…
5: Solar Tariffs, Clean Energy (and Trump)
Sep 29, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss President Trump’s upcoming choice to grant trade protection to a sliver of the US solar manufacturing industry. The episode describes cleavages within…
4: Holding the WTO Hostage, Trump Style
Sep 22, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown focus on the Trump administration’s approach to the World Trade Organization (WTO). The episode describes US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s recently articulated positions…
3: Nerves of Steel: Waiting for Trump’s Trade War
Sep 15, 2017
Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad Bown (PIIE) focus on the Trump administration’s risking a trade war, after the president started a Section 232 investigation into whether steel and aluminum imports are a threat to…
2: Trump Threatens the South Korea-US Trade Deal
Sep 7, 2017
This week Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes focus on the South Korea-US free trade agreement (KORUS) and President Donald Trump’s unhappiness with it, as his administration alternates between threats of withdrawal and renegotiation. The…
1: NAFTAnomics: The Economics of Three Big Fights
Sep 1, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the economics of trade policy. This week they focus on three big fights in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations,…
Special Episode: Trump’s Unfair Trade Action against China
Aug 18, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of The Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown discuss the issues involved in President Trump’s triggering a “Section 301” investigation of China’s unfair treatment of American intellectual property. This special episode…
0: Introduction to the Weekly Podcast
Aug 11, 2017
Soumaya Keynes of the Economist and PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown introduce a weekly and geeky podcast on developments in international trade and policy. This week’s episode covers the hosts’ favorite trade (short) stories…