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Research and Advocacy

There may be hundreds of non-governmental organizations that try to inform and influence U.S. trade policy. This section lists a selection of major research, advocacy and other organizations involved in trade policy issues.

Research Institutions
Advocacy Organizations

Research Institutions

Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) External Link

PIIE is a private research organization devoted to the study of international economic policy. With policy briefs, articles and other publications on trade promotion authority, trade and labor, U.S. – Cuba economic relations, currency manipulation, free trade agreement with China, PIIE provides.
BERA - Business & Economics Research Advisor - A Quarterly Guide to Business & Economics Topics

Issue 25: Winter 2016

Guide to Researching
U.S. Trade Policy

Table of Contents

Primary Comprehensive Documents on U.S. Trade Policy
Selected Elements of the U.S. Trade Policy
Participants in Trade Policy Development Process
Effect of Trade Policies and Practices
     Production and Trade
     Selected Industry Sectors
U.S. in the World Trade Organization
Research and Advocacy
Current News Sources
Selected Periodicals and Databases
LC Online Catalog Searches

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CATO Institute. External Link

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) External Link

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 External Link

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) External Link

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) External Link

International Monetary Fund: Publications External Link

OECD External Link

Select Trade in the Theme menu for books, papers, and statistics on trade.

World Trade Organization: Publications External Link

International Trade Commission: Publications

World Bank: Trade Portal External Link

Search Open Knowledge Repository External Link for trade related working papers and reports

National Bureau of Economic Research External Link

UNCTAD External Link

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Advocacy Organizations

National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) External Link

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. External Link

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 External Link

American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations External Link

Business Roundtable (BR) External Link

Business Software Alliance (BSA) External Link

Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) External Link

Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT) External Link

International Chamber of Commerce External Link

National Association of Manufacturers External Link

Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (CTW) External Link

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) External Link

Sierra Club External Link

Third World Network External Link

Discussion Groups

Washington International Trade Association (WITA) Link

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) External Link

Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) External Link

Last updated: 03/14/2018

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