U.S. Trade Policy Primer: Frequently Asked Questions

Congressional Research Service
Difficulty: 4/10

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This is a trade policy primer designed to answer frequently asked questions about US trade policy. It focuses on five main topics.

  1. Basics of Trade
  2. US Trade Trends
  3. Formulation of US Trade Policy
  4. US Trade Policy Tools
  5. Link Between International Investment and Trade


Highly recommended as a well-written primer on basic trade concepts, and US trade policy in general. Not a short read, but worth the effort if you are new to the topic, and interested in understanding international trade and it’s impact on the economy.