The Trade Deficit: Is It a Problem or Not?

Robert D. Atkinson

President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 

Daniel J. Ikenson

Director, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute

Robert A. Blecker

Professor, Department of Economics, American University 

Derek Scissors

Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Edward Alden

Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations


Is the U.S. trade deficit a problem for the United States? If so, does it reflect competitiveness problems that are in part due to trade policies, or is it caused by factors that have nothing to do with trade policies? What are the proper policy responses?

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