Case | HBS Case Collection | March 2005 (Revised November 2005)

To Trade or Not to Trade: NAFTA and the Prospects for Free Trade in the Americas

by Lakshmi Iyer

Abstract

Discusses the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on the United States, Canada, and Mexico, a decade after it came into force in 1994. Keeping in mind NAFTA's effect on jobs, exports, productivity, and economic growth, policy makers had to decide whether to go ahead with the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas being negotiated by 34 countries in the Western hemisphere.

Keywords: History; Agreements and Arrangements; Performance Productivity; Jobs and Positions; Economic Growth; Trade; Foreign Direct Investment; North and Central America;

Citation:

Iyer, Lakshmi. "To Trade or Not to Trade: NAFTA and the Prospects for Free Trade in the Americas." Harvard Business School Case 705-034, March 2005. (Revised November 2005.)