Focal Area: Trade, Investment, and Labor Policy

The progression towards liberalization of trade and investment policies has undoubtedly established a more integrated world economy. However, recent global economic turmoil has put this economic integration at risk. Thus, factors such as economic nationalism, immigration concerns, and greater state involvement, have impacted the performance and strategies of U.S. firms and the opportunities available to American consumers and workers.

This focal area provides a nexus for studying today's trade, investment, and labor market challenges - particularly those involving key U.S. trading partners from developing countries. The U.S. market is inextricably linked with economies in the developing world through the movement of goods, services, people, and capital. GW-CIBER offers integrated programs to help students, managers, and policy makers find answers to issues such as:

  • How do global trends in trade and investment treaties, trade policy implementation, and visa and immigration policies affect U.S. firms and workers?

  • How do national institutions influence the growth and performance of U.S. firms investing in developing countries?

  • What are the private sector implications of policy initiatives such as economic sanctions, anti dumping actions, standards harmonization, and visa policies?

  • What is the effect of national institutional arrangements (such as financial sector development, unionization, etc) on entrepreneurship and investment in developing countries?

GW-CIBER works to support original research and the incorporation of academic findings in the classroom, while bringing together leading academics, practitioners, and policy makers.