Opponents of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) decry the high trade deficit the United States has with Mexico, arguing for stricter “rules of origin” that would limit firms’ access to zero tariff rates under the accord. But as economists Mary Amiti, Caroline Freund and Tyler Bodine-Smith explain, more stringent rules could lessen bilateral trade, hurt global supply chains and raise prices for consumers. getAbstract recommends this timely, informed study – accessible to both the economist and lay reader – for its dissection of a geopolitically relevant topic.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the North American Free Trade Agreement facilitates commerce among its member nations,
- How supply chains for intermediate production parts function, and
- Why strengthening product requirements for zero tariff eligibility could damage global supply chains and increase consumer prices.
About the Authors
Mary Amiti and Tyler Bodine-Smith are economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Caroline Freund is an economist with the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
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