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Was NAFTA Good for the U.S.?

Russell A. Green | Tony Payan

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.