CATO research is guided by the principles of limited government intervention, individual liberty, and free markets. Topics include agriculture trade, antidumping, globalization, immigration, manufacturing trade, trade agreements and the WTO, trade and foreign policy, trade policies and U.S.-China trade.
Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR)
CEPR conducts research and public education to enable informed public debate on "the most important economic and social issues that affect people's lives," often covering trade policy issues.
Economic Policy Institute
EPI conducts research and analysis on a variety of issues including trade and globalization. Research reports, commentary, blog posts, audio and video content, and more are available from the publications page.
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
IATP works "locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.” Often critical of trade agreements, IATP does not support Congress providing Trade Promotion Authority to the Executive Branch. IATP advocates for “fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions.”
Organizations with U.S. Trade Policy Research Publications
Federal Reserve (e.g. of Boston)
International Monetary Fund: Publications
Select Trade in the Theme menu for books, papers, and statistics on trade.
World Trade Organization: Publications
International Trade Commission: Publications
World Bank: Trade Portal
Search Open Knowledge Repository for trade related working papers and reports
National Bureau of Economic Research
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National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC)
NFTC Mission Statement is to be a "pre-eminent business association dedicated solely to international trade and investment issues. Our mission is to advance global commerce through: 1. Advocating public policies that foster an open international trade and investment regime; 2. Mobilizing and disseminating expertise and information on key issues, such as: the world trading system, taxation, trade finance, economic sanctions and international human resources. 3. Influencing public debate through interaction with policy makers and opinion leaders and by convening government/private sector discussions of important issues. Many large U.S. multinationals compose NFTC's membership.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce – International Trade and Investment.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce represents more than 3 million business organizations in advocacy with the U.S. government.
The following organizations often contribute to trade policy debates.
Alliance for American Manufacturing
American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations
Business Roundtable (BR)
Business Software Alliance (BSA)
Coalition of Service Industries (CSI)
Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT)
International Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers
Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (CTW)
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Third World Network
Washington International Trade Association (WITA)
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT)
Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)
Last updated: 03/14/2018