What are the Best Tariffs for the U.S.? Economists Say: From 14% to 60%

What is the difference between an undergraduate international trade economics class and a graduate-level class? The difference is that in an undergraduate economics class they teach you that the ideal level of tariffs for any country is zero. Free trade rules! But in a graduate-level class, they teach you that tariffs can help a nation…

Job Quality Index Increases in August, Manufacturing Employment Grows to Highest Level in 15 Years

WASHINGTON — The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today announced that the U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index (JQI) for August was 85.09, up 0.09% from July. After a few months of slowing job growth and a slight decrease in the JQI, the most recent month shows strong job growth in the economy and among goods-producing sectors.…

Removing China’s MFN Status Would Create 2 Million Jobs, Grow U.S. Economy by 1.75%

Key Points We find that further decoupling from China would grow the U.S. economy and result in higher incomes and more jobs for Americans and the rebuilding of many critical manufacturing sectors. The removal of MFN (most favored nation) status for China would increase the tariff rate on imports from China from the current Column…

Model Shows that Universal 10% Tariff Would Improve Incomes, Output and Jobs (Updated)

Note: This version is updated with results for additional tax revenue and a retaliation scenario. Key Points CPA modeled former President Trump’s recent proposal regarding a 10% universal tariff. Our simulation finds that the tariff change would increase economic growth and create opportunity for Americans through increasing incomes and job creation. Under the proposal, real…

Job Quality Index Down Slightly, Manufacturing Job Growth Strong in August

WASHINGTON — The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) today announced that the U.S. Private Sector Job Quality Index (JQI) for July was 85.09, down 0.41% from June. After several months of strong, high-quality job growth in the first half of 2023, the decline of the index reflects that job growth in the economy is slowing. Most of…