Expelling Immigrant Workers May Also Send Away the Work They Do

By Eduardo Porter – New York Times Oct. 24, 2017 Leer en español Few American industries are as invested in the decades-long political battle over immigration as agriculture. Paying low wages for backbreaking work, growers large and small have historically relied on immigrants from south of the Rio Grande. These days, over one-quarter of the […]

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On U.S. – Mexico Productive Integration

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO In August 2013 a paper written by Enrique Dussel Peters and Kevin P. Gallagher was published in the UN Economic Commission for Latin America’s Cepal Review. This paper discussed how China’s entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001, which none of the Nafta analyses or models had predicted prior to its […]

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NAFTA and its Cooperative Synergies

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Progress in Nafta renegotiations is now at a crucial juncture. Particularly thorny issues have been decisively presented to the negotiating parties. The threat of the U.S. abandoning talks in the meantime still lingers while the other two parties, Mexico and Canada, are determined to hold the line on the face of the […]

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NAFTA Fourth Round of Negotiations – Strains on the Increase

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Following the conclusion of the fourth round of NAFTA renegotiations, one of Mr Lighthizer’s concluding remarks was: “Frankly, I am surprised and disappointed by the resistance to change from our negotiating partners”. At the same time another concluding remark made in the Trilateral Statement was: “New proposals have created challenges and Ministers […]

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Should North America Divide?

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO In 2011, a report was published by the Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, by the title “Working Together”. It highlighted how U.S.-Mexican economic ties and integration had benefited both countries and had led to the transformation of their bilateral relationship from one of competition to one of […]

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U.S. – Mexican Ties and the Nafta Deal

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO Nafta renegotiations are approaching their fourth round, which are to be held in Washington D.C. on October 11 to 15. To date there have been some agreements, while many disagreements remain. However, rather than only single issues, it is also the broad approach to the deal that is disagreed upon. While it […]

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Why Bemoaning Nafta May Be Wrong

By GIANLUCA SALPIETRO President Trump has criticized Nafta for having had a negative impact on both U.S. manufacturing employment and the trade deficit and has called it the “worst trade deal the U.S. has ever signed”. However, this view is not shared by all U.S. experts. For example, Brookings Institution experts argue that Nafta benefits […]

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Nafta and the Auto Rules of Origin Debate

The U.S. administration has not yet presented a concrete proposal regarding the rules of origin chapter of the Nafta renegotiations, but the topic has already been talked about and has caused many stirs. However, despite there being no certain proposal from the U.S., many preliminary ideas have been presented. Regarding the auto industry, which is […]

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Third Round Nafta Talks Close With Thorny Issues Open and a Trade Dispute Emerging

On September 27, 2017 the third round Nafta renegotiations round closed in Ottawa, Canada, with negotiators stating that they “made significant progress in several areas”. They also stated that “meaningful advancements were made in the areas of telecommunications, competition policy, digital trade, good regulatory practices, and customs and trade facilitation”, while “Parties also exchanged initial […]

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