Robert E. Scott

Robert E. Scott

Robert E. Scott is the Senior Economist and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Research at the Economic Policy Institute.

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Only concessions obtained through tough negotiations by labor, environment, and consumer activists made it any better than the status quo. (Photo: Kevin Dietsch—Pool/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement—Weak Tea, at Best
T he revised U.S.—Mexico—Canada Agreement (USMCA), announced today by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and endorsed by the AFL-CIO , represents a significant improvement on the draft agreement first released in 2017. Negotiators for labor and House Democrats strengthened the provisions on labor rights,...
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The IMF predicts that the U.S. current account deficit—the broadest measure of U.S. trade in goods, services, and income—will nearly double between 2016 and 2022. (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, March 07, 2019
Record U.S. Trade Deficit in 2018 Reflects Failure of Trump’s Trade Policies
The U.S. Census Bureau reported that the U.S. goods trade deficit reached a record of $891.3 billion in 2018, an increase of $83.8 billion (10.4 percent). The broader goods and services deficit reached $621.0 billion in 2018, an increase of $68.8 billion (12.5 percent). The rapid growth of U.S...
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