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The Economic Cost of the US‑Mexico Border Slowdown
Report Published on May 03, 2019

The current slowdown at the US-Mexico border is causing substantial economic harms. Trade volume has grown substantially, more than doubling over the past 20 years and up 55% between 2010 and 2018. During 2018, total trade volume between the United States and Mexico exceeded $611.5 billion, with $265.0 billion in US exports to Mexico and $346.5 billion in imports from Mexico. In fact, recent data for January and February of 2019 reveals that, for the first time, Mexico is the top US trading partner.

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Bordernomics: Defining Economic Opportunities, Potential, and Challenges Confronting the US ‑ Mexico Border Region and Strategies for Enhanced Prosperity
Report Published on February 07, 2018

The Perryman Group's Bordernomics study analyzes the economy of the US-Mexico border region in order to improve understanding of regional dynamics and identify actions which could generate meaningful improvement. The full study provides background information and a summary of current economic conditions, addresses the importance of NAFTA, describes challenges and opportunities faced in the border region, and estimates the business activity and jobs which could be added with enhanced cooperation among the US-Mexico border states.

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The Economic Cost of Deployment: An Analysis of the Effects of National Guard Troop Deployment on the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Texas
Report Published on September 03, 2014

In July 2014, National Guard troops in Texas were deployed to the US-Mexico border as a response to the influx of immigrants (mostly children) from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. While troops have been sent to the area on various occasions in the past, the deployment raised concern among some area residents and community leaders who fear that it could take a toll on the regional economy.

How will the latest border protection legislation affect the state's economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on September 02, 2021

Dr. Perryman quantifies the impact and issues with the latest bill. 

What are some issues with the proposed border wall in Texas?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on June 23, 2021

Dr. Perryman explains why this idea would not be an effective strategy, and provides an alternative solution. 

What is the economic cost of the chaos at the border?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 06, 2019

The chaos at the border is now impacting the flow of goods back and forth. Dr. Perryman has been looking at the cost to our economy.

Why is a border adjustment tax a bad idea?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on March 07, 2017

The border adjustment tax being discussed as part of a House Republican tax package might bring in more revenue, but for a lot of reasons, Dr. Perryman calls it a bad idea.

What impact would a border tax and a wall have on Texas and the US as a whole?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on January 30, 2017

What does Dr. Perryman think about the border tax being discussed by the Trump administration as a way of paying for a wall? Not much.

How does trade between bordering Mexican and American states impact these areas?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on November 22, 2016

Since Donald Trump's election, talk of the wall and trade restrictions has put pressure on the Mexican Peso. Dr. Perryman says we can ill afford any issues with a major trading partner.

Tariffs to the South
Column Published in syndication June 05, 2019

President Trump has threatened to impose 5% tariffs on all goods from Mexico on June 10 if Mexico does not take action to slow the number of immigrants at the border. As I am writing, he has vowed to continue to escalate the levies to 25%, Mexico has threatened to retaliate, and Congress has announced that it will stop them with enough votes to override a veto. Who knows what the status will be when you are reading this? Even if the situation is resolved, the threat of such action increases uncertainty and makes it more difficult to finalize a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement. If the tariffs actually go into effect and are maintained, it would cost hundreds of thousands of US jobs.