Amanda Loder, StateImpact New Hampshire

It seems like a simple question: Overall, have free-trade agreements (like NAFTA) been good news or bad news for the Granite State?

The answer, according to the experts and others who weighed in during The Exchange, isn’t so straightforward.

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Some insist these sweeping pacts help the overall economy, leading to more affordable goods and raising the standard of living for Americans. But others argue they displace workers and lead to lower wages. We examine this debate, including how it's playing out in the presidential campaign, and the role trade plays in New Hampshire's economy.

This program was part of an NPR initiative called A Nation Engaged.

NAFTA Turns Twenty

Dec 3, 2013
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President Bill Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement in December 1993, eliminating all tariffs and trade restrictions among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  The treaty, though, has always been controversial in all three nations.  Two decades later, we examine its impacts, and which predictions about it have come true.



Jon Bresler was an early supporter of the North American Free Trade Agreement. As owner of Suncook Woven Labels, a textile company whose customers included Ralph Lauren, The Gap and J.C. Penney, Bresler figured anything that would break down trade barriers between the United States, Mexico and Canada would be good for business.