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Expecting the Unexpected in DC

The day after I arrived in Washington,  Mother Nature provided a seismic reminder to expect the unexpected.  Perhaps that will be a lesson for my research on “North American Competitiveness in a Post-NAFTA World.”  I am thrilled to be starting a policy research project at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  The Woodrow Wilson […]

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Is There Life Beyond the Border?

The Obama and Harper governments have big plans to make the border easier for traders and travellers.  The Beyond the Border (BTB) initiative is the kind of high-level bilateral cooperation that we haven’t seen since the pre-NAFTA days.  But, unprecedented cooperation and nimble government footwork will be required to put meat on the bones of this agreement.  […]

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Cross-Border Analysis: Five Good Reads

  1. The Canadian Federation for Independent Business report “Border Barriers: SMEs’ Experience with Cross-Border Trade” examines important issues affecting small-business traders. 2. Christopher Sands provides a comprehensive analysis of border issues, “Toward a New Frontier: Improving the U.S. Canadian Border“. 3. “Let the Goods Flow,” editorial by Colin Robertson and former Michigan Governor and […]

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Financing Small Business in the Americas

Recent research by the World Bank confirms that small businesses are the largest provider of jobs in developing countries but inadequate access to finance is one of the biggest obstacles to small business growth. In Canada and the United States, small businesses use many different sorts of collateral – equipment, inventories, accounts receivable – as security […]

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