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Distributional Effects 332 Investigation

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

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) is conducting a two-part investigation to

  • catalog existing information, and
  • develop new research and analysis capabilities

to better identify and measure the potential distributional effects of U.S. trade and trade policy on U.S. workers, by skill, wage and salary level, gender, race/ethnicity, age, and income level, especially as they affect under-represented and under-served communities.

As part of its information-gathering activities, the Commission will hold several roundtables and a symposium.  It will also hold a hearing, and it welcomes written comments for the record.  At the end of its investigation, the USITC will submit a report to the U.S. Trade Representative, who requested the investigation.

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

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

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General Information

The Commission will hold seven roundtable discussions between March 1 and April 1, 2022, an academic symposium on April 5-6, 2022, and a public hearing on April 19, 2022. The roundtables, academic symposium, and public hearing will focus on the potential distributional effects of goods and services trade and trade policy on U.S. workers.

The roundtables and public hearing will afford an opportunity for interested persons to present information and views relating to the investigation, and the academic symposium will afford an opportunity for researchers and data experts to present work relevant to the investigation.


The USITC will be collecting information on the impact of trade and trade policy on underserved and underrepresented communities at seven roundtable discussions to be held between March 1 and April 1, 2022. These roundtables will be open to the public, and participants’ comments will be recorded and made available via a public transcript. Each of these seven roundtables will focus on a particular theme or geographic area (though input on any topic will be welcome at each of these events). Virtual roundtables will begin at 1 pm Eastern Time and in person/virtual hybrid roundtables will begin at 1 pm local time on the dates indicated on the following table. Individuals and organizations interested in participating in or attending one of these events should submit a request by emailing or by calling (202) 536-9960.

Each roundtable below is linked to a calendar item containing WebEx information.



Date of Roundtable

Participation Registration Deadline


Race and Ethnicity


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


March 10, 2022

February 24, 2002

Race and Ethnicity

Gender and Orientation


March 14, 2022

February 28, 2002

Gender and Orientation

Disability, Age, and Education


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


April 1, 2022

March 18, 2022

Local Impacts on Underserved Communities

* Captioning and ASL translation will be provided at this roundtable.

Academic Symposium

The Commission will conduct an academic symposium focused on academic or similar research on the distributional effects of trade and trade policy on underrepresented and underserved communities.  The academic symposium will be held via an online videoconferencing platform, beginning at 9:00 am Eastern Time on April 5–6, 2022. The academic symposium will include

  • results of existing analysis
  • evaluation of methodologies
  • the use of public and restricted data in current analysis
  • identifying gaps in data and/or in the economic literature, and
  • proposed analysis that could be done with restricted data

The academic symposium will be comprised of a mix of

  • short presentations of published and ongoing work, and
  • moderator-led topic-specific expert panels

Persons interested either in presenting work (published or ongoing) or serving on a panel discussion at the symposium should submit a curriculum vitae (CV) and an abstract by emailing

The abstract should be a document of approximately one page in length that includes the presenter’s name, affiliation, email contact information, and job title.

Requests to present work or serve on a panel at the academic symposium should be emailed or submitted by 5:15 pm on February 11, 2022. Following the February 11 submission of abstracts and CVs, potential participants should submit papers and presentations by 5:15 on March 1 by emailing

Day 1 WebEx calendar information for Academic Symposium

Day 2 WebEx calendar information for Academic Symposium

Agenda for Academic Symposium

Academic Symposium - Day 1 Presentation Slides

Academic Symposium - Day 2 Presentation Slides

Academic Symposium - Day 1 Transcripts

Academic Symposium - Day 2 Transcripts


A public hearing in connection with this investigation will be held via an online videoconferencing platform, beginning at 9:30 am on April 19, 2022 .

Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on April 1, 2022, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.  See below for important information regarding filing a request to appear at a USITC hearing.

Distributional Effects Hearing Transcript

Written Submissions

The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission. Submissions should be submitted no later than 5:15 p.m. on May 17, 2022.

All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection. See below for important information regarding the filing of written submissions for USITC investigations.

IMPORTANT:  All filings to appear at the hearing and written submissions must be made through the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS, No in-person paper-based filings or paper copies of any electronic filings will be accepted until further notice. Persons with questions regarding electronic filing should contact the Office of the Secretary, Docket Services Division (, or consult the Commission’s Handbook on Filing Procedures.

WebEx calendar information for the Hearing