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The Politics of Trade

The Trump administration had set 30 September as the deadline for creation of a new trade agreement to replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. This deadline was based on timing the U.S. congressional approval process so that outgoing Mexican president Pena Nieto could sign the agreement before leaving office on 30 November. After an often-contentious year of negotiations between the three countries, the U.S. began to focus on just Mexico, which culminated in a new agreement with that country in late August. The U.S. then threatened to turn the three-party NAFTA into a two-party U.S./Mexican pact unless Canada was willing to accede to its demands by the specified date. Canada and the...

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On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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