Baylor Professor to Testify at U.S. Trade Deficit Hearing

Jan. 21, 2000

by Alan Hunt

Baylor University international economist Dr. Joseph A. McKinney will speak today, Jan. 21, about America's participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and U.S.-Latin American trade at a hearing of the U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission.

The hearing, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The commission says testimony will be taken from leading experts in business and finance, federal and state government officials, academia, and the public.

McKinney says he will discuss the causes and implications of the trade deficit, and how America's trade relations with its NAFTA partners and the rest of the Western Hemisphere fit into the overall picture. An acknowledged expert on international trade, he has conducted extensive research on the ramifications of NAFTA on Texas and America. He was one of the co-founders of an international conference held in London, England, on the topic of NAFTA and the European Common Market. He also has co-sponsored a number of major Baylor conferences on the impact of the NAFTA.

McKinney joined the Hankamer faculty in 1976 and serves as the Ben H. Williams Professor of International Economics. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Berea College, and a master of arts degree and doctorate in economics from Michigan State University. He has also served on the faculties of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville and Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan.

His major field of research and teaching is international trade policy. He has published articles on several aspects of this subject, and is co-editor of several books relating to international trade. He has previously testified on NAFTA before state and national legislative committees and before the United States International Trade Commission.

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