Don’t Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good: Passing the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement

23 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2011 Last revised: 25 Aug 2012

See all articles by Daniel Runge

Daniel Runge

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper provides my recommended road to passage for the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement. The FTA has stalled since its signing in 2007 under both the Bush and Obama Administrations and through two congressional elections. I analyze two key points in opposition to the passage of the agreement, financial transparency and labor issues. I argue that passage should only be conditioned on the implementation of the recently signed Tax Information Exchange Agreement between the U.S. and Panama. Panamanian labor issues need not be addressed in connection to the FTA’s passage and concerns about money-laundering are sufficiently addressed within the current bilateral relationship.

Keywords: United States, Panama, Free Trade Agreement, Tax Information Exchange Agreement, financial transparency, labor

Suggested Citation

Runge, Daniel, Don’t Make the Perfect the Enemy of the Good: Passing the U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement (May 1, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1859781 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1859781

Daniel Runge (Contact Author)

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
49
Abstract Views
580
PlumX Metrics