Dollar & Sense

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Dollar and Sense is a podcast about all things trade. From local ports and markets to international trade and diplomacy, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar and guests explain how our global trading system is built and its effect on our everyday lives.

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France is not alone in its plan to tax tech giants
23:59

Lilian Faulhaber, a professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, joins Senior Fellow David Dollar to discuss France’s new digital services tax and the implications it will have for large American tech companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

While the French plan may become a point of contention at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France later this month, similar proposals are being pursued in countries across Europe. Faulhaber explains the push for a digital tax in the United Kingdom and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and the likelihood of coordinated global efforts on international tax policy and multinational tax avoidance.

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Aug 19, 2019
Is China really manipulating its currency?
07:08

Amid a turbulent week in the U.S.-China trade war, Senior Fellow David Dollar explains why the value of China’s yuan is falling and whether the U.S. Treasury Department’s designation of China as a currency manipulator is accurate. Dollar also discusses the effect that the yuan’s depreciation had on the U.S. stock market, why markets stabilized on Tuesday, and the prospects of a de-escalation of tensions. 

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Aug 06, 2019
Where do the Democratic candidates stand on trade?
24:00

In this episode of Dollar & SenseDavid Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings, joins David Dollar as they offer their reactions to this week’s primary debates and unpack the trade policies of the Democratic candidates running for president. Wessel and Dollar describe how Democrats’ positions compare to President Trump’s trade policies, with a focus on Senators Warren and Sanders. 

They also discuss whether embracing free trade or protectionist policies will be more politically viable, the effect President Trump’s tariffs have had on the U.S. economy, and the Federal Reserve’s recent decision to cut interest rates for the first time in over ten years.

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Aug 02, 2019
The geography of prosperity: How to help the areas lagging behind
25:50

Jay Shambaugh, a senior fellow at Brookings and director of the Hamilton Project, joins David Dollar to discuss why economic prosperity is concentrated in certain regions of the United States while other areas are left behind. Their conversation draws from “Place-based policies for shared economic growth,” a recent book from the Hamilton Project that presents strategies for addressing regional inequality and explains why many previous place-based proposals have failed.

Shambaugh and Dollar also unpack the significance of U.S. presidential candidates advocating for manipulating the value of the dollar to support U.S. manufacturing and whether that would help traditionally industrial areas like the old Rust Belt.

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Jul 22, 2019
Could China’s digital payment system be a model around the world?
29:38

Two Chinese companies – Alibaba and Tencent – have developed a new payment system that relies on digital wallets, smart phones, and QR codes, not on banks or bank-issued credit like the system prevalent in United States. Senior Fellow David Dollar is joined by Aaron Klein, the policy director of the Center on Regulation and Markets, to discuss the details of China’s system, whether it might become more common outside China, and the impact similar advances in financial technology could have around the world.

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Jul 08, 2019
Chinese perspectives on trade and the economic tension with the US
27:18

In this episode of Dollar & Sense, economist and professor Yiping Huang joins David Dollar to discuss the drivers of economic growth in China. Their conversation spans China’s development since its initial economic liberalization in the 1970s, the role of foreign investment in the Chinese economy, and China’s perspective on growing trade tensions with the United States. Finally, Yiping explains his view of China’s optimal strategy in navigating U.S. trade negotiations and continued reform and opening.

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Jun 24, 2019
Former USTR Charlene Barshefsky on the obstacles to a US-China trade deal
27:58

In this episode of Dollar & Sense, former United States Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky joins David Dollar to discuss the history of the United States’ economic engagement with China. Their conversation covers China’s entry and membership in the World Trade Organization, how domestic Chinese politics have affected the country’s trade policies, and the lasting impact of the global financial crisis on U.S.-China relations. Finally, Barshefsky outlines the prospect of the two countries reaching a trade deal in the near future.

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Jun 10, 2019
What's at stake in the US-Mexico tariff dispute?
06:53

In a special episode of Dollar & Sense, Fellow Geoffrey Gertz discusses the ongoing tariff dispute between Mexico and the United States. Gertz explains the likelihood of the Trump administration imposing tariffs and the potential costs those tariffs would have for both Mexico and the U.S.

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Jun 06, 2019
Southeast Asia: Caught in the middle of US-China competition
23:03

Are Southeast Asian nations being forced to choose between China and the United States on issues like infrastructure, trade, and security? That’s one of the key questions explored in this episode as host David Dollar interviews Jonathan Stromseth, the Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asian Studies and a senior fellow at Brookings. Dollar and Stromseth tackle a variety of related issues, including the Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy of the Trump administration; the effect that China’s economic engagement in the region—in particularly its Belt and Road Imitative—has on governance and democracy; and specific cases like Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam.

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May 28, 2019
What role do sanctions play in US foreign policy?
31:03

Elizabeth Rosenberg, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, joins David Dollar to discuss the role financial and economic sanctions play in U.S. foreign policy. Their conversation outlines how sanctions have been imposed against Iran and North Korea, why the U.S. is uniquely positioned to use sanctions as an instrument, the strength of the dollar, and concerns with sanctions being overused as a means for reaching diplomatic ends.

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May 13, 2019
Tariffs on China are no substitute for a trade deal
08:15

In a special episode of Dollar & Sense, Senior Fellow David Dollar provides an update on the state of U.S.-China trade talks following the latest round of negotiations in Washington this week. Dollar explains recent escalations and the new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, what to anticipate as negotiations move forward, and new research on the impact tariffs have on U.S. firms and the economy.

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May 10, 2019
China’s Belt and Road stretches to Africa
25:05

Deborah Brautigam, director of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, joins Senior Fellow David Dollar to discuss China’s Belt and Road Initiative and its implications for Africa. Brautigam and Dollar address the scale of Chinese financing in Africa and around the world, debt-trap diplomacy, labor issues, and much more. 

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Apr 29, 2019
Robert Koopman on global value chains and the WTO
24:18

Robert Koopman, the chief economist at the World Trade Organization (WTO), joins Senior Fellow David Dollar to discuss the role global value chains play in world trade and the effects they have on developing economies, advanced economies, and the WTO.

Their conversation draws from a new report published by the WTO and its partners which summarizes research on global value chains and the implications of emerging technologies.

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Apr 15, 2019
What's next for Brexit
26:01

Amanda Sloat, the Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, joins host David Dollar to give an update on Brexit. She explains why Brexit did not occur as originally expected on March 29; what the process for UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Parliament, and the EU looks like going forward; and important issues such as the Irish border, the UK's potential for pursuing an independent trade policy, the "Norway model," implications of a "no-deal" Brexit, and the possibility of a second referendum.

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Apr 01, 2019
Ernesto Zedillo on globalization, NAFTA and the wall
28:43

Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico and now director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, talks with David Dollar about the importance of globalization for developing countries, the erosion of multilateralism, NAFTA and its proposed replacement—the USMCA—and other issues on trade. Dollar also asks Zedillo whether President Trump’s push to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico is damaging the bilateral relationship.

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Mar 18, 2019
Wendy Cutler on how to enforce a US-China trade deal
27:32

Wendy Cutler, vice president of The Asia Society Policy Institute and former acting deputy U.S. trade representative, joins David Dollar to discuss the structural issues in the U.S.-China trade negotiations and how a trade agreement between the two countries could be enforced. Cutler and Dollar explain the enforcement mechanisms at the administration’s disposal, the issues of intellectual property rights and state enterprises, and much more.

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Mar 04, 2019
Why US-China trade talks are going into overtime
05:14

In a special episode of Dollar and Sense, David Dollar provides an update on the current state of U.S.-China trade negotiations. He explains why the March 1 deadline to reach a trade deal has been pushed back, what a potential agreement could look like, and how an agreement—once one is made—could be enforced.

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Feb 25, 2019
Janet Yellen on monetary policy, currencies, and manipulation
29:16

Currency values play a critical role in international trade, influencing the profitability of exporting and importing. Large movements in currency values are often controversial, leading to accusations of “manipulation” or even “currency wars.” 

In this episode, Janet Yellen, distinguished fellow in residence with the Economic Studies Program and former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, discusses with host David Dollar the links among monetary policy, exchange rates, and trade. She cites the “taper tantrum” of 2013 and the Chinese devaluation of 2015 as cases where Fed policy and currency markets influenced each other. 

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Feb 19, 2019
Trade priorities for Congress: A conversation with Rep. Rick Larsen
21:47

Senior Fellow David Dollar talks with Representative Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) about a range of trade issues on the 116th Congress's plate, including the U.S.-China trade war, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, trade with Japan, and the new NAFTA. Congressman Larsen represents Washington State's 2nd District, serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, and is co-chair of the bipartisan U.S.-China Working Group.

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Feb 04, 2019
Anxiety about the global economy in Davos
29:12

In this episode, Senior Fellow David Dollar and Nonresident Senior Fellow Douglas A. Rediker discuss the global economic conditions that will be on the minds of leaders assembled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Rediker and Dollar cover the ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, selection of the next World Bank president, the International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization, and generalized uncertainties about the global economy.

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Jan 22, 2019
How Trump’s trade policies will affect manufacturing
25:42

Senior Fellow David Dollar speaks with Brad Setser, the Steven A. Tananbaum senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, about a range of trade topics, including currency issues, U.S.-China trade tensions, whether President Trump’s tariffs could affect manufacturing, and the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA).

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Jan 07, 2019
All about the Trans-Pacific Partnership
25:47

On December 30, the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement among 11 Asia-Pacific nations comes into effect. The United States was part of the original agreement, but the Trump administration pulled out of the trading bloc. David Dollar talks with Mireya Solís, director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, about the TPP, its effects on tariffs, its provisions on e-commerce, and Japan's role in keeping the agreement alive after the U.S. departed. Discussion also focused on China's relationship from the outside to the pact, the WTO, state-owned enterprises, and how other nations—including the U.S.—could join.

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Dec 24, 2018
Trade issues for the new Congress and the 2020 election
24:33

Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar speaks with Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in Governance Studies at Brookings, about the role trade issues played in the 2018 midterm elections, and what trade matters are likely to come up for the new Congress, such as tariffs and the auto industry. Also, Dollar and Kamarck look ahead to how trade might impact the 2020 presidential race for both parties.

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Dec 10, 2018
US-China trade war, or trade deal?
26:23

In this first episode of the new Brookings trade podcast Dollar & Sense, Senior Fellow David Dollar speaks with Senior Fellow Eswar Prasad, the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University and a leading expert on the Chinese economy, about a range of issues in the U.S.-China relationship. The conversation includes topics such as U.S. and Chinese trade practices, bilateral trade balances, China's economy and currency, the U.S.-China trade war, and whether Presidents Trump and Xi can make a deal at their meeting during the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires.

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Nov 26, 2018
Introducing Dollar & Sense, a trade podcast from the Brookings Institution
01:37

From tariffs and trade wars to the new Trans Pacific Partnership and NAFTA’s replacement, trade has been making a lot of headlines recently, especially since the election of Donald Trump who’s redefined America’s role on the global stage with his America-first posture.

Dollar & Sense is a podcast about all things trade. From local ports and markets to international trade and diplomacy, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow David Dollar and guests explain how our global trading system is built and its effect on our everyday lives.

Stay tuned for upcoming episodes on the U.S.-China trade war and the Trump-Xi meeting; how the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections will affect policy toward trade; and much more.

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Nov 14, 2018