Event Recap

Mexico and the United States: Building on the Benefits of NAFTA

Gary Clyde Hufbauer (PIIE), Adam S. Posen (PIIE), Jaana Remes (McKinsey Global Institute), Ángel Ubide (PIIE), Lindsay Oldenski (PIIE), José De Gregorio (PIIE), Barbara Kotschwar (PIIE), Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE) and Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty (President, McLarty Associates)

Details

July 15, 2014
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC

Event Summary

The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), the Embassy of Mexico, and the McKinsey Global Institute will cohost a conference to discuss how NAFTA has benefited Mexico and the United States. Gary Clyde Hufbauer will deliver the keynote address, presenting a new PIIE Policy Brief, NAFTA at 20: Misleading Charges and Positive Achievements. Conference participants will present new research challenging the false claims and exaggerations about NAFTA’s harms on the 20th anniversary of the agreement’s signing.

Agenda

9:00 am
Opening: The Economic and Symbolic Importance of NAFTA
Host: Adam S. Posen, PIIE

9:15 am
Panel I: Mexico’s Progress—Growth and Prosperity in a Two-speed Economy

Presenter:
Jaana Remes, McKinsey Global Institute presentation [PDF]

Discussants:
Santiago Levy, Inter-American Development Bank
Angel Ubide, PIIE and D. E. Shaw presentation [PDF]

10:45 am
Panel II: American Manufacturing—The Growth since NAFTA

Presenter:
Lindsay Oldenski, PIIE and Georgetown University presentation [PDF]

Discussants:
Manuel Balmaseda, CEMEX
Christian Volpe Martincus, Inter-American Development Bank presentation [PDF]

12:30 pm
Luncheon Presentation: A Fair Assessment of NAFTA at 20

Presenter:
Gary Clyde Hufbauer, PIIE presentation [PDF]

Discussants:
Douglas Bell, United States Trade Representative
José De Gregorio, former Governor of the Central Bank of Chile
Raymond Robertson, Macalester College presentation [PDF]

2:00 pm
Panel III: Economic Integration for Mexico and the United States after NAFTA

Presenters:
Barbara Kotschwar, PIIE presentation [PDF]
Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE presentation [PDF]
Antonio Ortiz Mena, Embassy of Mexico

2:45 pm
Closing Panel: A Vision for North American Economic Integration

Presenters:
Mack McLarty, McLarty Associates
Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora
Adam S. Posen, PIIE

Event Materials

Presentations

Jaana Remes [PDF]

Angel Ubide [PDF]

Lindsay Oldenski [PDF]

Christian Volpe Martincus [PDF]

Gary Clyde Hufbauer [PDF]

Raymond Robertson [PDF]

Barbara Kotschwar [PDF]

Jeffrey J. Schott [PDF]

View interview video with Gary Clyde Hufbauer previewing the conference, discussing the achievements, disappointments, and distortions surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement.