jillianleigh06 (jillianleigh06) wrote in globaleconomy,

Database 3

1. http://www.cbo.gov/showdoc.cfm?index=4458&sequence=0

This website discusses the pros and cons of free trade. Its sub-topics include The Recent Increased Emphasis on Free-Trade Agreements, The Benefits of Multilateral Trade Liberalization, and Reasons for and Against the Pursuit of Free-Trade Agreements. There is also one extensive table that explains US Trade in 2002 with Countries of Current and Proposed Free-Trade Agreements. The data seems reasonably current and reliable as it comes from a series of summaries from the Congressional Budget Office of 2003.

2. http://www.ciesin.org/TG/PI/TRADE/gatt.html

This website explains the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. I found this website to be particularly useful as we studied Free Trade in general but never this specific agreement. In addition to giving a brief summary of GATT, the website has articles I – XX of the contract as well as three other links to information on secondary issues discussed at the Uruguay Round of GATT negotiations. The site is easy to read and contains relatively current information. Also, this website presents a bias that is pro reforming GATT due to environmental concerns.

3. http://www.citizen.org/trade/nafta/

This website gives an in depth explanation of NAFTA. Citizen.com is in opposition to the free trade agreement and also shares its opinions of the WTO, FTAA, CAFTA, and AGOA, all located along the side of the website. Opposite of these are links to various aspects of NAFTA such as NAFTA and Democracy, NAFTA and Environment, Health, and Safety, NAFTA and Worker’s Rights and Jobs, and NAFTA and Farmers and Agriculture. All information was last update on January 1, 2004 and is easy to read, but obviously biased. The site is run by a national non-profit organization called Public Citizen.

4. http://www.ustr.gov/Trade_Agreements/Regional/FTAA/Section_Index.html

This website is sponsored by the office of the US Trade Representative. It is divided into six main sections at the top of the page. These sections include Trade Agreements, World Regions, Trade & Development, Trade Sectors, WTO, and Who We Are. Having been organized by the USTR, the information is trustworthy and current. However, it is ha a pro-free trade bias. The website also has a search bar to make it easier to find various facts.
5. http://www.wola.org/economic/cafta.htm

This website, which was last updated on February 16, 2005, is sponsored by the Washington Office on Latin America. It focuses on the Central America Free Trade Agreement. The site presents both sides of the free trade argument, stating that CAFTA will boost Central American exports but will provide little benefit to the poor regions of involved countries. In addition to being easy to read, the site offers various Issue Briefs on CAFTA as well as numerous Perspectives on aspects such as Women, Human Rights, Equitable Trade, and What People are Saying.
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