Mexico and the United States: Building on the Benefits of NAFTA


July 15, 2014, 12:00 AM EDT
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC
Gary Clyde Hufbauer (PIIE), Adam S. Posen (PIIE), Jaana Remes (McKinsey Global Institute), Santiago Levy (Inter-American Development Bank), Ángel Ubide (PIIE), Lindsay Oldenski (PIIE), Manuel Balmaseda (CEMEX), Christian Volpe Martincus (Inter-American Development Bank), Douglas Bell (United States Trade Representative), José De Gregorio (PIIE), Raymond Robertson (Macalester College), Barbara Kotschwar (PIIE), Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE), Antonio Ortiz Mena (Embassy of Mexico) and Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty (President, McLarty Associates)

Event Summary

The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), the Embassy of Mexico, and the McKinsey Global Institute will cohost a conference to discuss how NAFTA has benefited Mexico and the United States. Gary Clyde Hufbauer will deliver the keynote address, presenting a new PIIE Policy Brief, NAFTA at 20: Misleading Charges and Positive Achievements. Conference participants will present new research challenging the false claims and exaggerations about NAFTA’s harms on the 20th anniversary of the agreement’s signing.


9:00 am
Opening: The Economic and Symbolic Importance of NAFTA
Host: Adam S. Posen, PIIE

9:15 am
Panel I: Mexico’s Progress—Growth and Prosperity in a Two-speed Economy

Jaana Remes, McKinsey Global Institute presentation [PDF]

Santiago Levy, Inter-American Development Bank
Angel Ubide, PIIE and D. E. Shaw presentation [PDF]

10:45 am
Panel II: American Manufacturing—The Growth since NAFTA

Lindsay Oldenski, PIIE and Georgetown University presentation [PDF]

Manuel Balmaseda, CEMEX
Christian Volpe Martincus, Inter-American Development Bank presentation [PDF]

12:30 pm
Luncheon Presentation: A Fair Assessment of NAFTA at 20

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, PIIE presentation [PDF]

Douglas Bell, United States Trade Representative
José De Gregorio, former Governor of the Central Bank of Chile
Raymond Robertson, Macalester College presentation [PDF]

2:00 pm
Panel III: Economic Integration for Mexico and the United States after NAFTA

Barbara Kotschwar, PIIE presentation [PDF]
Jeffrey J. Schott, PIIE presentation [PDF]
Antonio Ortiz Mena, Embassy of Mexico

2:45 pm
Closing Panel: A Vision for North American Economic Integration

Mack McLarty, McLarty Associates
Ambassador Eduardo Medina-Mora
Adam S. Posen, PIIE

Event Materials


Jaana Remes [PDF]

Angel Ubide [PDF]

Lindsay Oldenski [PDF]

Christian Volpe Martincus [PDF]

Gary Clyde Hufbauer [PDF]

Raymond Robertson [PDF]

Barbara Kotschwar [PDF]

Jeffrey J. Schott [PDF]

View interview video with Gary Clyde Hufbauer previewing the conference, discussing the achievements, disappointments, and distortions surrounding the North American Free Trade Agreement.