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2017 Great Decisions: Trade and Politics

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Trade and Politics

By Jeremy Haft

The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand. 

Presenter: Joachim Singelmann

Dr. Joachim Singelmann obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Department of Demography at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Prior to his appointment at UTSA, he was Distinguished Professor and Chair at Louisiana State University and held faculty positions at the University of California-San Diego, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Duisburg, Germany. From 1980-86 he was in the United Nations Population Division. He also spent research leaves at the Social Science Research Center (WZB) Berlin and at IBGE in Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Singelmann’s main research themes are economic structures and development; inequality and poverty; rural development and population distributions; the transformation from central planning to market economies in Eastern Europe; and natural disasters. Much of this research has been carried out from a comparative perspective. His research projects have been funded by NSF, DFG (German Science Foundation), Humboldt, and many federal (HHS, USDA, Labor) and Louisiana state (LADOL, LA Health and Hospitals, DSS) agencies. Dr. Singelmann is the author of From Agriculture to Services (Sage); co-author of The End of Class Society? (Transfer); and co-editor of Inequalities in Labor Market Areas (Westview). He is currently editing the International Handbook of Poverty Populations (Springer) and Demographic Challenges for 2020 (Springer). He authored over 75 research articles and reports, and his research has been published in the leading social science journals in the United States and Europe, including the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Demography, British Journal of Sociology, European Sociological Review, Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Zeitschrift für Soziologie, and Demographic Research. He also was the editor of Rural Sociology. Dr. Singelmann served as President of the Southern Demographic Association and President of the Rural Sociological Society.

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