Philip I. Levy's work in AEI's Program in International Economics ranges from free trade agreements and trade with China to antidumping policy. Prior to joining AEI, he worked on international economics issues as a member of the secretary of state's Policy Planning Staff. Mr. Levy also served as an economist for trade on the President's Council of Economic Advisers and taught economics at Yale University. He writes for AEI's International Economic Outlookseries.
During President Obama’s recent trip to Asia, he announced the outlines for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with nine Asian nations. AEI has assembled a group of trade policy experts to explore the immediate and long-term future of the TPP negotiations and assess their regional negotiations in the context of broader U.S. trade policy goals.
The relationship between the U.S. and the People's Republic of China is multifaceted and goes well beyond economic relations, but questions of macroeconomic imbalances have remained at the heart of bilateral discussions between the two.
The president's trip to meet with leaders and revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) closely resembles a trip he took two years ago. We've been down this road before. Past experience cautions against reading too much into Obama's embrace of the TPP.
As President Obama prepares to meet other G-20 leaders in Cannes later this week, he previewed his pitch with an op-ed in the Financial Times. It read a bit like a half-time locker room pep talk to a team that had gotten knocked around on the field.
There has been much gnashing of teeth and rolling of eyes over eurozone leaders' repeated inability to solve their financial crisis once and for all. The rest of the world can best help, the reasoning goes, by shouting exhortations at Europe to just try harder. But what, exactly, are Europeans being urged to do?
How do we define competitiveness, and is it worth pursuing as a policy goal? In what ways do countries compete in various areas, including education, intellectual property, health care and taxes? This AEI conference will be the first of a two-part series in which scholars will present new research on competitiveness. Each paper will be presented by its author(s), followed by comments from an expert and questions from the audience.