Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rethinking Trade Policy for Development: Lessons From Mexico Under NAFTA

“There is increasing international recognition that trade policy in the Western Hemisphere should be overhauled,” conclude the authors, based on this comprehensive review of Mexico’s economic performance under NAFTA. “Now is the time for the U.S., Canadian, Mexican, and other developing country governments to take a fresh look at NAFTA’s experience and shape trade and development policies to better meet the needs of their people in a manner that respects the right to development, job creation, and the environment.”

By Eduardo Zepeda, Timothy Wise, and Kevin Gallagher, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
December 2009

Mexico’s disappointing experience with NAFTA underscores the need to reform trade agreements between the United States and developing countries.

Despite an increase in trade, foreign investment, and productivity since NAFTA took effect in 1994, Mexico has been disappointed by slow economic growth and weak job creation. In addition, recession in the United States is hitting Mexico particularly hard, given its dependence on its northern neighbor. [...]

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