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U.S.–Mexico Ties in the 21st Century: Trade and Immigration in a New Era

May 12, 2017 Dallas Fed

Presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Over the last few decades, the U.S. and Mexico have gained from openness to trade, migration and investment. U.S. corporations have utilized Mexico’s world-class manufacturing platform to lower costs and increase competitiveness worldwide. In turn, U.S. consumers have enjoyed lower prices, and border communities on both sides of the Rio Grande have enjoyed the benefits of trade while adjusting to the challenges. This conference will explore what the future may bring to this mutually beneficial economic relationship in what promises to be the beginning of a new era. Topics include:

  • Trends in U.S.–Mexico trade and immigration
  • Regional economic development
  • The rise of Mexico’s automotive industry
  • The possible implications of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation


  • May 12, 2017
    8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    2200 N. Pearl Street
    Dallas, Texas 75201
  • Directions and map



Friday, May 12

8:00 a.m.

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:20 a.m.

Panel 1: Trends in Trade and Immigration


Mike Sposi
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Pia Orrenius
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas


Alfredo Cuecuecha
El Colegio de Tlaxcala

10:20 a.m.

Panel 2: Economic Development in Mexico


Rafael Garduño
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas


Kurt Unger
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

11:00 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Plenary Session: The Implications of a NAFTA Renegotiation


Luz Maria del la Mora
WEConnect International in Mexico


Christopher Wilson
Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

12:15 p.m.



Keynote Speaker


David Weller
Head of Global Trade Policy, Google

1:15 p.m.

Panel 3: Benefits and Challenges of Trade:  Texas and the Border


Thomas Klier
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago


Jesus Cañas
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 

2:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

For More Information

Contact Dawn Williamson, at or 214-922-5121.