Three Wilson Center directors visited St. Edwards University in Austin to discuss political, economic, and environmental issues currently being debated in the U.S. Congress.
With a still sluggish and struggling global economy, many economists believe that a successfully negotiated trade agreement between the U.S. and E.U. could provide the kind of jolt that many markets need. With negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) about to heat up, Kent Hughes provides context on what could be a game changing agreement.
The Wilson Center's Global Energy Initiative (GEI) was featured in the Wilson Center Centerpoint. Along with other programs, the GEI explores energy costs, demand, resources, and environmental ramifications in countries around the world.
The volume features recent work by Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson and a thought provoking book, Global Trade and Conflicting National Interest by Ralph Gomory, the recently retired director of the Sloan Foundation, and New York University Professor William Baumol. Using different approaches, the three authors point to the ability of public and private sectors to change a country's comparative advantage in ways that can reduce the gains from trade for the United States or other advanced industrial countries. The volume also features a number of commentators who amplify, complement, or question the importance of the findings of the three authors. The conference on new thinking in international trade was made possible through a generous grant of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.