North America Publications
On April 15, 2005, the Wilson Center, in conjunction with the U.S. Agency for International Development, hosted four panels of policymakers, academics, and experts to examine the links between trade liberalization and poverty reduction. This report provides a nuanced exploration of the relationship between free trade and the world's poorest peoples.
An examination on the costs and benefits of free and open global trade by Murray Weidenbaum, Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and chairman of the Wiedenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy. These remarks were presented at the Woodrow Wilson Center on March 5, 2003.
Statement by Donald R. Wolfensberger before the House Bipartisan Task Force on Ethics Enforcement, April 19, 2007
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.