The Peterson Institute for International Economics released the Policy Brief Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for the World Trading System, by Institute Senior Fellow Jeffrey J. Schott, Research Associate Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs, and Research Analyst Euijin Jung, on July 14, 2016. Professor Byung-il Choi of Ewha Womans University will discuss the Brief from a Korean perspective—and thus from a potential, not current, Trans-Pacific Parternship (TPP) member country view.
The TPP, signed in February 2016, is the most comprehensive regional trade deal to date involving both developed and developing countries. This Policy Brief assesses how the TPP could shape bilateral and regional trade initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region and set precedents for new multilateral trade initiatives.
Schott has been with the Institute since 1983. He is the author of numerous studies on trade policy and has led the Institute's research in bilateral and regional free trade agreements, including his 2001 study, Free Trade between Korea and the United States?, which laid the groundwork for the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). Since January 2003, he has been a member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee of the US government.
Cimino-Isaacs, research associate, has been with the Peterson Institute since 2012. She works on economic issues relating to international trade policy and free trade agreement negotiations. She is the coordinator of both the Institute's Trade and Investment Policy Watch blog and multi-author precinct on the TPP.
Choi is a professor at and former dean of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Ewha Womans University. Prior to joining the Ewha GSIS in 1997, he was a trade negotiator representing the Korean government. Choi is a member of the National Economic Advisory Council, advising the president of Korea on economic matters.