At least one economist worries we’ll be mostly poorer.
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We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Donald Trump says cheap Mexican labor is hurting American workers. But isn’t it also hurting Mexican workers?
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Trump has attacked NAFTA, saying that cheap, under-regulated Mexican labor hurts American workers. If he's right, then NAFTA negotiations could be a chance to push Mexico on workers' rights.
We don’t know for sure if any of these things could happen, but if they do we’re in for a wild ride in 2018.
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Any number of implicit and explicit deadlines make 2018 look like a more eventful year than most.
U.S. President Donald Trump, right, talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Italy in May at a G7 summit. Trump has crowed about a “very quick” U.S.-U.K. trade deal.
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Donald Trump views himself as a deal-maker, so the prospect of a "quick" trade deal between the U.K. and the U.S. seems unlikely, despite the American president's earlier optimism.
Trump will soon learn the costs of going it alone on trade.
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American lawmakers in the 1930s learned the hard way what happens when a country raises tariffs and makes other unilateral trade decisions.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, in Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 22.
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Precisely because of his problems at home, Donald Trump wants to do more abroad – possibly with disastrous results. How can those who know foreign policy rein him in?
A trade official from the United States walks past a sign Monday where Canadian, American and Mexican officials are holding North American free trade talks in Ottawa.
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There's been a lot of rhetoric in the air about the fate of NAFTA, especially from the U.S. president. But its demise is extremely unlikely.
Never mind NAFTA -- Canada's quiet efforts to boost trade with China should be ringing alarm bells given Chinese human rights abuses, and raises questions about whether Beijing has demanded secrecy.
The Constitution may burst Trump’s threat to withdraw from NAFTA.
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As the Trump team begins renegotiating NAFTA with Canada and Mexico, a key plank in its strategy – a threat to withdraw – may be a hollow one.
Head to head.
The US wants rid of NAFTA's dispute settlement mechanism but for Canada it's a red line issue.
U.S. President Donald Trump enjoys some time in the cab of a mover truck parked at the White House in March when truckers and industry CEOs came for a discussion on health care.
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Mexico has traditionally been NAFTA's biggest loser. But Canada is at risk if the U.S. gets its way in removing a dispute settlement mechanism from the deal in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiations.
The Canadian lobster industry is now valued at over $1 billion, double what it was in 2010.
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Lobster used to be a poor man's meal. Now it's the darling of foodies, and Canada's lobster producers are poised to cash in on sales to the European Union thanks to CETA.
Chrysler auto assembly workers work on the line assembling Jeep Grand Cherokees and Dodge Durangos in Detroit, Michigan.
The administration's objectives for NAFTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico, set to begin in August, will do little to help American workers, let alone create shared prosperity across the continent.
Trump has made some big promises on trade.
The Trump administration has outlined its plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Did the TPP die - or is it now a zombie?
NAFTA renegotiations may see provisions from the Trans-Pacific Partnership revive like zombies. We must remember their failures - on income inequality, labour and environmental protection.
Is the sun setting on globalisation?
A fundamental insight into the distributive effects of free trade from almost 90 years ago.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, sitting at the president’s right, announced the China trade deal.
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The Trump administration's new deal with China, which won't benefit many workers, shows the pitfalls of pursuing bilateral agreements at the expense of multilateral ones like NAFTA.
UN member states are holding consultations as part of the development of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
In a changing and unsettled world, migration can be a greater-than-ever contributor to development for communities of origin, destination areas, and for the migrants themselves.
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer hands documents to a woman entering the U.S. from Mexico.
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President Trump wants to renegotiate or eliminate NAFTA because of its impact on U.S. trade, but the accord is also a cornerstone of continental cooperation on security issues as well.
During the US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump blamed NAFTA for US job losses.
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There's ample space to renegotiate some terms from the original agreement that would improve social welfare across the region.