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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.

How would changing the NAFTA agreement impact the three involved countries?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on October 18, 2017

When NAFTA negotiators wrapped up the latest round of trade talks in Washington, they sounded frustrated and far apart, even pushing back the next round of talks.

What are some benefits of NAFTA, and what changes could impact the agreement?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on August 17, 2017

The talks that could eventually lead to a renegotiated NAFTA continue in Washington. Dr. Perryman says a lot has changed in the quarter century since the trade pact was agreed to.

What is Dr. Perryman's take on the NAFTA trade agreement renegotiation?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on May 24, 2017

Dr. Perryman says we are now in a 90 day window where the White House will confer with Congress for its guidance on renegotiating the NAFTA trade agreement.

What does the shifting trade policy mean for the US, and how could it impact our economy?
Radio Spot Broadcast via Texas State Networks on January 24, 2017

Dr. Perryman says President Trump's decision to pull the US out of the TPP and reevaluate NAFTA has upended America's traditional bipartisan trade policy.

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.

Global Trade: Let's Get Real!
Column Published in syndication February 01, 2017

One of President Trump's first official actions was issuing an Executive Order to withdraw from the negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an agreement that would have linked 12 nations in the largest free trade zone to date. As a practical matter, Congress wasn't going to support it in any case, so the Order was only symbolic. It is a genuine mystery to me how we evolved to the point that participating in the world economy is somehow a bad thing to do. That the belief is now present in both major political parties is even more baffling. Let me be very clear from the outset: Trade is good! In fact, trade is essential! We have centuries of history (not to mention some basic math that was figured out about 200 years ago) to illustrate this incontrovertible dictum.