Unemployment, Inequality and Other Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Remember, folks, this is a piece of legislation currently sitting on the desk of a soon-to-be lame duck president with nothing to lose.

In this GDAE Working Paper, the authors employ a more realistic model that incorporates effects on employment excluded from prior TPP modeling. They find that benefits for economic growth are more limited, and they are negative in some countries such as the United States. More importantly, they find that TPP would lead to losses in employment and increases in inequality. This is true particularly for the United States, where GDP is projected to fall slightly, employment would decline, and inequality is projected to increase as labor’s share of income falls.

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