At the request of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the International Trade Commission is conducting an investigation on the potential distributional effects of goods and services 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 underrepresented and underserved communities. In requesting this investigation USTR explained that “more and new research, data, and analytical tools are needed” to inform its work to “advance inclusive growth, economic resiliency, and competitiveness through sound and informed policy.”

In connection with this investigation the ITC will hold seven roundtable discussions between March 1 and April 1, each of which will have a specific theme and most of which will be held virtually. Representatives of affected communities, think tanks, academics and researchers, unions, state and local governments, non-federal governmental entities, civil society experts, community-based stakeholders, and local and national civil rights organizations are among those expected to participate.

The ITC will also hold an academic symposium April 5-6 and a hearing April 19, both of which will also be virtual. Requests to appear at the roundtables or the symposium, and briefs for consideration at the hearing, may now be submitted.

USTR has also directed the ITC to act within 12 months to expand its research and analysis capabilities so that its future advice on the probable economic effects of trade agreements and trade policies includes estimates of the potential distributional effects (including goods and services imports) on U.S. workers. Among other things, USTR wants the ITC to develop models capable of analyzing (1) the effect of expanded foreign market access on affected U.S. exporting industries and (2) the indirect effect on U.S. exports of intermediate inputs when final goods receive preferential access to the U.S. market.

For more information on trade policy development and implementation, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

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