The Hidden Costs of a Possible U.S.–Mexico Trade War

08/05/2016 Wharton, University of Pennsylvania

mexico-usa-flag-montageIn the race for the White House, both Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have incorporated skepticism about free-trade pacts into their presidential campaign platforms. While Trump has attracted more attention than Clinton by arguing that the U.S. should seriously consider pulling out of the three-nation North American Free Trade Agreement and the 164-nation World Trade Organization, both candidates have criticized the impact of NAFTA on U.S. jobs growth, and opposed U.S. membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on the grounds that the 12-nation free-trade bloc, yet to be enacted, would have a harmful impact on U.S. economic growth and job creation.

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One thought on “The Hidden Costs of a Possible U.S.–Mexico Trade War

  1. The USA has a trade deficit with Mexico. That means that a trade war with Mexico would be a good thing for us. The downside of a trade war would be a onetime hit whereas the benefits would be a ongoing. The net impact would be positive. No other outcome is possible.

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