"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."
Davide Luca is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. His research interests include political geography, distributive politics, development policy-making, and local and regional economic growth. At the Belfer Center, he plans to conduct research on the links between democratizing politics, state effectiveness, and economic development in post-2002 Turkey. Davide holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics. His thesis was awarded the 2016 G. Leonardi PhD Dissertation Prize and the 2014 G. Atalık Prize, both in regional science. Prior to joining MEI, he worked for the European Commission, consulted for the European Parliament, and co-wrote and developed an international social doc-film on transnational marriages. More information about Davide can be found on his webpage: www.davideluca.com.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm