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April 21, 2017
President Trump announced Thursday that he was directing the commerce secretary to investigate whether imports of steel were a threat to US national security. This follows earlier administration plans to “self-initiate”—or start on its own—trade enforcement cases involving countries such as China,...

Chad P. Bown (PIIE)


December 7, 2016
A. Main Points The Federal Reserve System has been tasked by Congress with maintaining full employment while keeping inflation low. 1 All well-functioning industrial democracies have a central bank with a similar mandate. During normal times, central banks respond to shocks and attempt to smooth...