NAFTA: Are Jobs Being Sucked out of the United States?

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  • Aug 9 2010 12:25 PM

    Bob Benoit

     

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In this lesson, from EconEdLink, students explore the concepts of comparative advantage and specialization as they pertain to NAFTA. NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, went into effect on January 1, 1994. The Agreement phases out most tariffs between the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Tariffs, which are taxes on imports, increase the price of foreign goods and thereby benefit domestic producers. The participants in NAFTA agreed to reduce tariffs by 50 percent immediately and to reduce them to zero over the following 15 years. Industries suffering the most because of the increased competition from foreign goods would be given extra time to adjust to the elimination of tariffs on their foreign competitors' products. Less

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    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: American Democracy, Mathematics, Economics, History-Social Science

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