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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 explored what the future may bring to this mutually beneficial economic relationship in what promises to be the beginning of a new era. Topics included:

  • 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

Agenda

Friday, May 12

8:00 a.m.

Check-In and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  Pia Orrenius
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  Alejandro López-Feldman
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

9:20 a.m.

Panel 1: Trends in Trade and Immigration

  Moderator
Alejandro López-Feldman

 

Michael J. Sposi
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Presentation

 

Pia Orrenius
Presentation

 

Alfredo Cuecuecha Mendoza
El Colegio de Tlaxcala
Presentation

10:20 a.m.

Panel 2: Economic Development in Mexico

 

Moderator
Roberto Coronado
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 

Rafael Garduño
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

 

Kurt Unger
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas
Presentation

11:00 a.m.

Break

11:15 a.m.

Plenary Session: The Implications of a NAFTA Renegotiation

 

Moderator
Matthew Rooney
George W. Bush Presidential Center

 

Luz Maria de la Mora
LMM Consulting
Presentation

 

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

12:15 p.m.

Luncheon

  Welcome
Mine Yücel
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
 

Moderator
Fausto Hérnandez Trillo
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

 

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

 

Moderator
Keith R. Phillips
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

 

Thomas Klier
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Presentation

 

Jesus Cañas
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas 
Presentation

2:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

For More Information

Contact Dawn Williamson, at Dawn.Williamson@dal.frb.org or 214-922-5121.