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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade, 2014

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

http://www.usitc.gov/research_and_analysis/trade_shifts_2014/index.htm

A.K.A. 2014 Trade Shifts.  Focuses on industry developments and the principal drivers influencing  trends in U.S. trade.  Also covers bilateral trade flows between the U.S. and four key trading partners/regions and methods of measuring trade flows.  From the United States International Trade Commission

 

Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Retirement/Social Security,Taxes

https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/2146

Extends Fast Track Authority to the president through 2018 for reaching trade agreements.  Constitutes Title 1 of legislation that extends exemptions from tax penalties for early withdrawals from retirement accounts to certain federal workers who have reached age 50.  From Congress.gov

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Leveling the Playing Field

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR-Tariff-Information-by-Sector-6115.pdf

Argues that the proposed trade agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will provide an opportunity to work for lower tariff levels among participating Asian countries.   From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Investment Climate Statements 2015

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment

http://www.state.gov/e/eb/rls/othr/ics/index.htm

Country specific information about investment laws and practices in countries of the world.  The information is prepared by officials of U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions.  From the State Department

 

2015 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2015-Special-301-Report-FINAL.pdf

Annual review of the state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners around the world.  The report identifies a wide range of concerns especially with practices in China, India, Russia, and Brazil.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Commission Staff Working Document: A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe: Analysis and Evidence

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Telecommunications/Internet

http://ec.europa.eu/priorities/digital-single-market/docs/dsm-swd_en.pdf

Sections on policy context, online access to goods and services across Europe, conditions for digital networks and services to develop, and investing in the digital single market.  From the European Commission

 

 

A Digital Single Market for Europe: Commission Sets Out 16 Initiatives to Make it Happen

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Telecommunications/Internet

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-4919_en.htm?locale=en

Press release which describes 16 initiatives to bring about a single market where 28 national markets now exist.  From the European Commission

 

Corporate Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS): An Examination of the Data

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Taxes

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44013.pdf

Examines the magnitude of profit shifting by U.S. corporations to evade taxes and policy options for reducing such shenanigans.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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