Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with Daniel Szabo
SZABO: Two years. 1957 to 1959.
Q: Then what?
SZABO: The day after I graduated, I had a job at U.S. Tariff Commission. It's now called International Trade Commission, but then it was the U.S. Tariff Commission. As an international economist.
Q: Oh, as an economist. Had you concentrated very heavily?
SZABO: No, I hadn't concentrated. I concentrated then on diplomatic history and economic development and international trade. It was that kind of work. I took some economics courses in City College.
Q: Well, the tariff commission... Of course, tariffs are international...
SZABO: Well, their job was to investigate in case of an American company that applied for protection injury, due to imports. The Tariff Commission's job was fact finding, and then other people in the U.S. Treasury imposed increased import duties.
Q: They were sort of the enforcers and you were the
SZABO: We were the investigators and I was in the Economic Department. I remember being involved in maybe in one investigation. I couldn't stand it. I was there for one year and half the time I was looking for an alternative place to work.
Q: I would think it'd be a, it doesn't sound like something that's very, if you have real international interest.
SZABO: In those days, the investigations involved international business, international trade. We started doing studies for the Kennedy Round, with economic product studies.
Q: The Kennedy Round, it was the beginning of breaking the tariff barriers.