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About TradeVistas

TradeVistas seeks to engage readers in ways that relate trade to our own lives and communities. Advances in technology and transportation have made it easier than ever for us to exchange products, services, and ideas with anyone anywhere the world. But as familiar as it is in our daily lives, few issues are as heated – or as fraught with conflicting information – as the current debate over trade. And it’s not a national conversation, it’s a global conversation.

Our primary goal with this site is not to advocate for or against any particular trade policy, but to provide a fact-based context in which to understand this broader debate. We also hope that the ideas we share and generate with your help will spark policy innovation in the ever evolving landscape of trade policy. The Hinrich Foundation research team contributes to the editorial content of TradeVistas.


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India’s tariffs could dent gains from California’s bumper almond crop

8 August 2019

California growers have reason to worry about access to India, one of their biggest export markets. The Indian government increased tariffs on U.S. shelled almonds by 20 percent and non-shelled almonds by 17 percent in June, which could shortchange the gains hoped for by California almond growers who are expecting a bumper harvest this year. 

Slowdowns and slumps: What economists are saying about the impact of Trump’s tariffs

Slowdowns and slumps: What economists are saying about the impact of Trump’s tariffs

11 July 2019

Economists can’t tell you how tariffs impact your own business, your job or your shopping cart. Nonetheless, as tariffs are set to go higher, we wondered how economists are dialing the tariffs into their forecasts about growth for the U.S. and global economy.

Renewing rare earth threats, China digs deep for leverage in trade war

Breaking bad trade: Fentanyl from China

28 June 2019

In a tweet on August 2, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump singled out Chinese President Xi Jinping for failing to follow through on promises to prevent the flow of synthetic opioid fentanyl into the United States. The tweet signals a change in President Trump’s previous stance on the matter, when he praised China’s commitment to stepping up its regulatory oversight of fentanyl last December. The Centers for Disease Control says the opioid has caused a “third wave” of drug-related overdose deaths in the United States.



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