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Are the presidential candidates telling the whole story about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a trade agreement that opens the exports of U.S. producers to more countries around the world and imports from the rest of the world to U.S. consumers and producers. Expanded production, consumption, and investment opportunities emerge across globe. So, why do politicians and economists disagree on the net effects?
When economists do express concerns about trade, they usually focus on the experience of the companies that have lost out as a result of international competition. However, they also consistently find that the benefits of trade to consumers and to other domestic companies outweigh these costs.
The contrast with the candidates’ message should be evident. You may also ask the students the following questions directly:
See the Summative Performance task above.
Imagine what the answers from the candidates might be to your debate questions and write that answer for each question–assume that YOU have taught THEM something about trade, and that they have listened to you!
Possible student questions:
Students complete the Summative Performance Task, either in class as or homework. Task: Pretend that you are the moderator at an election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. You expect them to answer a question on trade much like they did in the videos we viewed in class.
Grades 6-8, 9-12