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NAFTA's Mixed Record

The View From Mexico

Author: Jorge G. Castañeda
January/February 2014
Foreign Affairs


When the North American Free Trade Agreement was proposed, it set off a vigorous debate across the continent about its benefits and drawbacks. Today, 20 years after it came into effect, perhaps the only thing everyone can agree on is that all sides greatly exaggerated: NAFTA brought neither the huge gains its proponents promised nor the dramatic losses its adversaries warned of.

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