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The Impact of Trade and Technology on the U.S. Labor Market: Summary of USITC Roundtable Discussion

Author(s)

Joann Peterson


Abstract

The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission or USITC) hosted its second labor roundtable on March 29, 2017. The roundtable facilitated an exchange of ideas among 30 participants representing academic institutions, government agencies, industry associations, international organizations, think tanks, and nonprofit organizations. This year’s event focused on the role that trade plays in U.S. labor markets and mechanisms, with the aim of assessing the connection between trade and labor. Within this framework, participants discussed three broad topics: the influence of trade and technology on the U.S. labor market; worker displacement and the efficacy of worker retraining programs (including the Trade Adjustment Assistance [TAA] program); and the impact of labor provisions in trade agreements on U.S. and global labor standards.