A readily measurable aspect of globalization is the increasing exchange of capital, products and services across national boundaries, spurred by expanded use of container shipping and other technological improvements as well as falling barrier. The interdependence is most apparent with global supply chains, as manufactured goods like vehicles and electronics are assembled with components produced around the world, and it’s increasingly rare for any country to be the sole source of any one complex product. Countries aim to increase exports but worry about too many imports and trade imbalances, even as their consumers pursue low prices. Disagreements on subsidies, tariffs, quotas or unfair practices are debated by the World Trade Organization.

The Price of Free Trade - Part I

With the abolition of quotas looming in 2005, textile producers like Bangladesh fear losing their advantage
Mustafizur Rahman
September 29, 2004

The Price of Free Trade - Part II

The end of textile export quotas cushion may confront Cambodia with the hard realities of the global marketplace
Tom Fawthrop
October 1, 2004

The Great Reverse – Part III

Burgeoning Sino-Indian trade ties may significantly alter the world economic balance
Anna Greenspan
September 8, 2004

Is Equity in Trade an Attainable Goal?

Laudable international reform efforts may ultimately prove a mixed blessing
Susan Ariel Aaronson
September 15, 2004

Wise Trade Policy Can Address the Roots of Terrorism

The West needs to open the trade door to the Muslim world
Edward Gresser
July 8, 2004

The End of Textile Quotas Will Redistribute Pain and Gain

Countries who so long benefited from quota system must reconfigure their economy
Edward Gresser
June 10, 2004

We Can’t Undo Globalization, But Can Improve It

Job hunters should relocate, and companies could expand export capability
Gary Pinkus, James Manyika and Sree Ramaswamy
January 10, 2017

China Set to Rescue Australia Economy at Just the Right Time

An increase in commodity prices bodes well for the future
Michael Heath
December 9, 2016

Can Trump – or Anyone – Bring Back US Manufacturing?

Manufacturing hits all-time high in 2015, but efficiency reduced the jobs
December 8, 2016

Foreign Companies Face New Clampdown for Getting Money Out of China

New controls could speed up withdrawals and deter foreign investment
James T. Areddy and Lingling Wei
December 8, 2016

Trade Week Africa and the Continental Free Trade Area

Tariff reductions could keep $80 billion in the continent and boost economies
Amy Copley
December 7, 2016