MEDIA ADVISORY: CPA Chief Economist to Participate in “Free Trade” Debate

WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, November 9 at 6:30 pm CT, the Coalition for a Prosperous America’s (CPA) Chief Economist Jeff Ferry will participate in a debate hosted by the University of Wisconsin’s Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) titled, “Should American Economic Policy Embrace Free Trade?: A Debate.”

According to ISI, the debate will focus on the divide in the conservative movement over questions of trade. Free market stalwart and Professor of Economics Julia Norgaard will debate CPA’s Jeff Ferry, moderated by Nate Hochman. The debate will begin at 6:30 pm CT at the Fluno Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of their Diana Davis Spencer Debate Series, and co-sponsored with their partners at the Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy.

“So-called free trade, also known as globalization, has failed the United States,” said CPA Chief Economist Jeff Ferry. “Nations get rich through domestic growth, domestic investment, and allowing the right industries to flourish and grow, including their entire supply chain. We must trade, but we must do it in a way that allows us to rebuild our industrial base, raise the wages of all our workers, and keep us in the technological lead not just in R&D but in manufacturing too.”


WHAT: “Should American Economic Policy Embrace Free Trade?: A Debate”

WHERE: Fluno Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 6:30 pm CT

WHO: Julia Norgaard and Jeff Ferry, moderated by Nate Hochman


Register for the debate HERE.


Jeff Ferry is Chief Economist at the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA), a bipartisan organization supporting US manufacturing, family farming, and a return to broad-based US prosperity.  Ferry is an economist, author, and former technology executive.  In 2019, the CPA economics team won the Mennis Award from the National Association for Business Economics for a paper, Decoupling from China: an economic analysis of the impact on the U.S. economy of a permanent tariff on Chinese imports. Before joining CPA, Ferry was a marketing executive at SIlicon Valley technology companies including Nortel Networks and Infinera. Ferry believes that the key to equitable economic growth lies in the development of growth industries including simultaneous development of innovation and manufacturing. In his spare time, Ferry enjoys road cycling, chess and French history. He holds economics degrees from Harvard and the London School of Economics. 

Dr. Julia Norgaard is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Pepperdine University where she runs a faculty research seminar and an economics reading group. Her research interests, among other topics, include the internet darknet and judicial institutional interventions in developing nations. Dr. Norgaard is passionate about teaching her students to view the world through an economic lens and researching forms of private governance. She enjoys spending time exploring outdoors, adventuring to different parts of the world, and brewing beer. Dr. Norgaard is an avid rock climber and beach volleyball player.

Nate Hochman is a writer at National Review and a 2021-22 Robert Novak Fellow at the Fund for American Studies. His work has appeared in print and online in The American Conservative, City Journal, The Claremont Review of Books, National Affairs, National Review, The New York Times, and numerous other outlets. He was a 2021 Publius Fellow at the Claremont Institute, a 2020 ISI Honors Scholar, and a 2021 Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow.

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