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Was NAFTA Good for the U.S.?

Was NAFTA Good for the U.S.?.

NAFTA has neither been the enormous success that its supporters believe, nor the disaster that its detractors claim. Renegotiating NAFTA — or even threatening to repeal it — is not a high-stakes proposition. The treaty simply does not possess the leverage to deliver a major boost or setback to the U.S. manufacturing sector. 

The authors explain how they reached this conclusion in the report below. A shorter version of the same study is available in an issue brief here.