Exports, Jobs, Growth! Congressional Hearings on US Trade Agreements

  title={Exports, Jobs, Growth! Congressional Hearings on US Trade Agreements},
  author={Jieun Lee and Iain Osgood},
  journal={Wiley-Blackwell: Economics \& Politics},
Who testifies on US trade agreements before Congress and what do they say? We examine the content of Congressional testimony on US trade agreements, and the selection process which determines who testifies in the first place. We find that testimony is systematically tilted towards a sunny view of tradeOs positive economic effects, while import competition and offshoring are generally downplayed. We argue that tradeOs supporters strategically frame their motives for supporting trade agreements… 
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