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Discussion: Impact of Candidates' Rhetoric on Trade Issues

WHAT: The Center for Business and Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business will host “Beyond Mere Words: If the Candidates’ Rhetoric on Trade Is Implemented, What Happens to the U.S. Economy?” on Wednesday, October 5, at the Rayburn House Office Building as part of its Georgetown on the Hill series.

International trade has been a major issue in many U.S. presidential elections. However, this is the first election since World World II in which both major party candidates are rejecting trade liberalization. This presents an almost revolutionary prospect. Some believe their policies will correct imbalances and distortions in the trade-based economy. Others believe the positions could lead to a collapse of the carefully constructed, complex trading system that the U.S. has led since the Great Depression, with grave economic consequences for the U.S. and its trading partners. A group of experts will discuss: Given the differences in the candidates’ proposed trade policies, what are the economic impacts likely to be?

Panelists include:

  • R. Michael Gadbaw, distinguished senior fellow, Institute of International Economic Law, Georgetown University Law Center;
  • Marcus Noland, executive vice president and director of studies, Peterson Institute;
  • Chris Padilla, vice president of government and regulatory affairs, IBM Corporation; and
  • Robert J. Shapiro, senior policy scholar, Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy; chairman, Sonecon LLC.

J. Bradford Jensen, senior policy scholar at the Center for Business and Public Policy and McCrane/Shaker Chair in International Business at Georgetown McDonough, will moderate the discussion. The Georgetown on the Hill series brings the work of the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy to Capitol Hill to foster collaboration and dialog among academics, industry experts, and policymakers crafting legislation.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Lunch will be served.

Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2168
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20515

Those interested in attending the event should register online at

Media who are interested in covering the event should contact Brynn Lampert, assistant director of communications, at (202) 687-5254 or

About the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy
The Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy is an academic, non-partisan, research center whose mission is to engage scholars, business people, and policymakers in relevant inquiries and dialogue to inform key business, economic, and public policy issues confronting American and international businesses today. Established in 2002 at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the center conducts empirical economic analysis, contributes practical and innovative recommendations, and encourages thoughtful discussion on a range of developing issues, pending legislation, and upcoming regulatory change. Learn more at