Distributional Effects of Trade and Trade Policy on U.S. Workers, 2026

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General INFORMATION

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is conducting an investigation for the purpose of providing the first of five reports on the potential distributional effects of goods and services trade and trade policy on U.S. workers and underrepresented and underserved communities. This first investigation, Distributional Effects of Trade and Trade Policy on U.S. Workers, 2026, will build on information presented in the 2022 USITC report  Distributional Effects of Trade and Trade Policy on U.S. Workers (Inv. No. 332-587). The investigation was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received on January 25, 2023. The Commission expects to submit its first report to the USTR by January 20, 2026.

As part of this investigation, the Commission will hold several public events, including community-based open conversations and a symposium. The Commission will also host virtual seminar series in 2023 and 2024.

This page is a one-stop resource for information about the investigation and how you can participate in or observe public information-gathering activities. 

Information will be updated as it becomes available, so please check back often.

INFORMATION on investigation events

SEMINAR SERIES

The Commission will host virtual seminar series in October 2023 and July 2024 that will be open to public observers. Invited researchers will present ongoing or recently completed work examining the potential distributional effects of goods and services trade and trade policy on U.S. workers and underrepresented and underserved communities.

The following papers will be presented for the Commission's October 2023 seminar series:

Seminar Date

Seminar Time

Paper Title, Presenter, and Discussant

Transcript

Monday, October 16, 2023

9:30 AM-11:00 AM

Seminar 1:

"Slicing the Pie: Quantifying the Aggregate and Distributional Effects of Trade"

Presenter: Simon Galle, BI Norwegian Business School

(With Andrés Rodríguez-Clare and Moises Yi)

Discussant: Saad Ahmad, USITC

Transcript

Monday, November 13, 2023

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Seminar 2:

"Trading Places: Mobility Responses of Native and Foreign-Born Adults to the China Trade Shock"

Presenter: Gordon Hanson, Harvard University

(With David Autor and David Dorn)

Discussant: Tamara Gurevich, USITC

Transcript

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Seminar 3:

"A Sorted Tale of Globalization: White Collar Jobs and the Rise of Service Offshoring"

Presenter: Runjuan Liu, University of Alberta

(With Daniel Trefler)

Discussant: Sarah Oliver, USITC

Transcript

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Seminar 4:

"Household Responses to Trade Shocks"

Presenter: Peter Levell, Institute for Fiscal Studies

(With Aitor Irastorza-Fadrique and Matthias Parey)

Discussant: Tyler Daun, USITC

Transcript

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

1:30 PM-3:00 PM

Seminar 5:

“The Effects of a Trade Shock on Gender-Specific Labor Market Outcomes in Brazil"

Presenter: Laura Connolly, Michigan Technological University

Discussant: Stephanie Fortune-Taylor, USITC

Transcript

Thursday, November 16, 2023

10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Seminar 6:

“Trade Openness and Income Inequality: New Empirical Evidence”

Presenter: Florian Dorn, ifo Institute

(with Clemens Fuest and Niklas Potrafke)

Discussants: Tamar Khachaturian and Ross Jestrab, USITC

Transcript


COMMUNITY-BASED OPEN CONVERSATIONS, SYMPOSIUM, AND WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS

The Commission intends to publish a notice in the Federal Register at a later date, of the time, place, and procedures to be followed for the community-based discussions and academic symposium and for the filing of written submissions from interested parties for this first report. Please check back for updates.


Distributional Effects of Trade and Trade Policy on U.S. Workers, 2022 Report

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On November 14, 2022, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released a report cataloging information on the distributional effects of trade and trade policy on underrepresented and underserved communities. The investigation, Distributional Effects of Trade and Trade Policy on U.S. Workers (Inv. No. 332-587), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative in a letter received on October 14, 2021. As requested, the USITC gathered information through roundtable discussions among representatives of underrepresented or underserved communities, a symposium focused on academic and similar research on the distributional effects of trade and trade policy, and a review of economic literature on this topic. The Commission also accepted written submissions and conducted a public hearing in connection with the investigation. Links to key documents related to this investigation, including the report, are provided below:

Roundtables

The USITC held seven roundtable discussions as part of this investigation between March 1 and April 1, 2022. Information about these roundtables and links to roundtable transcripts are provided below:

Theme

Format

Date of Roundtable

Participation Registration Deadline

Transcript

Race and Ethnicity

Virtual

March 1, 2022

February 15, 2022

Race and Ethnicity

Impacts on Underserved Communities, Fresno,CA

In Person/Virtual Hybrid

March 8, 2022

February 22, 2002

Impacts on Underserved Communities

Race and Ethnicity

Virtual*

March 10, 2022

February 24, 2002

Race and Ethnicity

Gender and Orientation

Virtual*

March 14, 2022

February 28, 2002

Gender and Orientation

Disability, Age, and Education

Virtual*

March 22, 2022

March 8, 2022

Disability, Age, and Education

Impacts on Underserved Communities, Detroit, MI

In Person/Virtual Hybrid*

March 30, 2022

March 15, 2022

Impacts on Underserved Communities

Local Impacts on Underserved Communities

Virtual*

April 1, 2022

March 18, 2022

Local Impacts on Underserved Communities


Academic Symposium

The Commission conducted an academic symposium focused on academic or similar research on the distributional effects of trade and trade policy on underrepresented and underserved communities on April 5–6, 2022. Links to key documents are provided below:


Hearing

A public hearing in connection with this investigation was held online videoconferencing platform, beginning at 9:30 am on April 19, 2022. The hearing transcript is available at: Distributional Effects Hearing Transcript