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NAFTA Refueled: What’s Next for North American Energy Trade?

Many important developments in the region's energy market have reshaped the industry. The NAFTA renegotiation may be the chance to move closer to the goal of free trade and investment in the North American energy sector.

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Less-Educated Men Hit Hard by Technological Shift in Job Market

American workers are increasingly anxious about robots and automation replacing them in their jobs. The underlying dynamic is that jobs are changing because of automation, not disappearing. That's not a concern in and of itself. The concern is that not everyone is on good footing to adjust.

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A Shortage of Skilled Workers Threatens Manufacturing’s Rebound

U.S. manufacturers will create more than 3 million job openings over the next decade – but two million of these future jobs could go unfilled. "If we’re not able to ensure a skilled workforce and a steady supply of skilled workers for manufacturers in this country, then [companies will] either go out of business or be forced to look elsewhere." - Gardner Carrick of the Manufacturing Institute

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Big Bang in the Global Recorded Music Industry

In 1927, people throughout the United States were introduced to the white gospel of country music made possible by new portable recording devices and distributed by album and broadcast radio. In 2016, paid subscriptions to music streaming services topped 100 million. The recorded music industry is at the forefront of the explosion in global digital trade.

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NAFTA as a National Security Priority

Implementation of the NAFTA agreement required both Mexico and the United States to transcend historic patterns of border management and create a mutually beneficial security structure. Today, the United States has sophisticated and ongoing security collaboration with Mexican counterparts. A repeal of NAFTA would threaten to reverse the clock to a less secure era.

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The Best Way to Reduce the Deficit is to Grow Mexico’s Economy

A NAFTA negotiation could address the “microeconomic” factors that affect trade flows would increase the level of trade between the United States and Mexico and make U.S. consumers better off, but it wouldn't have much effect on the balance of trade. On the other hand, economic growth in Mexico would achieve that effect by stimulating demand for more U.S. products.

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Static Trade Laws are Careening Toward Obsolescence

In an era when who trades, what is traded, and how it's trade are in constant flux, the only constant for international trade rules is the potential for obsolescence. Technological innovations are testing the limitations — and rationale — of the old rules.

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The Growing Ranks of American Solopreneurs

More than one-third of Americans work for themselves. There's no stereotype. Independent workers are spread almost evenly across generations, gender, and geographies from cities to suburbs to small towns and rural America. Will you join their growing ranks?

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Industry 4.0: Trade Rules for the Internet of Things

The marriage of the physical and digital worlds has unlocked limitless economic opportunities, providing a boost to productivity and propelling us into the next industrial revolution. Policymakers will need to work to keep up by removing trade barriers that could limit the global reach of the Internet of Things.

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This Tiny Program Helps Small Manufacturers Grow

The secret to the success of Michele's Granola is more than a great product. Also instrumental was a little-known, decades-old government initiative – the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program – aimed at helping small and medium-sized manufacturers grow.

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