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Audio recordings of Peterson Perspectives interviews with Peterson Institute for International Economics research staff, analyzing current economic and political events.

    Trade Talks Episode 119: Stock Markets, the Economy, and Trump’s Trade Policy Uncertainty

    Trade Talks Episode 119: Stock Markets, the Economy, and Trump’s Trade Policy Uncertainty

    Nick Bloom (Stanford University) joins to discuss the increase in trade policy uncertainty under President Trump and implications for investment and economic growth. They describe new ways of measuring policy uncertainty – including the Economic Policy Uncertainty Index, as well as surveys – and recent evidence of its impact, including on the US stock market.

    Trade Talks Episode 118: Ins and Outs of the US-China Phase-One Trade Deal

    Trade Talks Episode 118: Ins and Outs of the US-China Phase-One Trade Deal

    Two former USTR negotiators join to explain the details of the new US-China trade agreement. Agriculture negotiator Darci Vetter (Edelman, 3:50) describes China’s new commitments toward US farm products, and foreign investment negotiator Lauren Mandell (WilmerHale, 18:30) explains changes to China’s legal system, protection of intellectual property, as well as the agreement’s dispute settlement provisions. Finally, Simon Rabinovitch (The Economist, 37:15) joins to provide the reaction from China.

    Trade Talks Episode 117: Trump's Import Tariffs Have Hurt US Exports

    Trade Talks Episode 117: Trump's Import Tariffs Have Hurt US Exports

    New evidence reveals a side effect of President Trump’s import tariffs. The research shows that, through US supply chain linkages, the new US tariffs on imported inputs are directly contributing to the recent slowdown in US exports of outputs. Kyle Handley (University of Michigan) joins to discuss the potential causes and consequences of these results.

    Trade Talks Episode 116: Fish Subsidies. What’s the Catch?

    Trade Talks Episode 116: Fish Subsidies. What’s the Catch?

    The WTO is failing to meet a 2020 deadline set by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to negotiate limits to fisheries subsidies. To figure out why, we went to Geneva and spoke with Alice Tipping (International Institute for Sustainable Development) and Mukesh Bhatnagar (Centre for WTO Studies). We describe difficulties on getting a deal to restrain subsidies which lead to overcapacity and overfishing, as well as eliminating subsidies that contribute to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

    Trade Talks Episode 115: The Trade War and US Elections

    Trade Talks Episode 115: The Trade War and US Elections

    Republicans lost 40 seats in the 2018 elections for the US House of Representatives. Emily Blanchard (Tuck School of Business) joins to discuss new research that investigates how Trump’s trade war affected the 2018 election. The evidence suggests the combination of the trade war and attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act may have cost the Republicans as many as 15 House seats.

    Trade Talks Episode 114: US and China Announce a Phase-One Deal

    Trade Talks Episode 114: US and China Announce a Phase-One Deal

    Trump’s US Trade Representative provides a fact sheet and more detail on the first stage of the deal announced December 13 to address the administration’s trade war with China. The fact sheet previews an eventual 86-page legal agreement that would include additional Chinese commitments on intellectual property rights protection, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services, currency, dispute resolution, and expanding trade. Bown and Keynes also discuss what the Trump administration has agreed to do with all of the new tariffs it has imposed on China, as well as what is not in the phase one deal.

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