The TPP Debate Continues

By Victoria Hines

Economists are split over whether the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will bring economic gains to participating countries.  A new study from Tufts University suggests the deal would “[c]ause some job losses and exacerbate income inequality...especially in…the United States.” Meanwhile, economists from Brandeis and Johns Hopkins disagree, finding that incomes would actually increase by half a percentage point. However, not only does it appear as though economists will continue to debate the benefits associated with the TPP, but the issue has also become a heated topic in electoral politics; Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump have both spoken out against the TPP. The agreement’s future will ultimately depend on a congressional vote that is anticipated to occur after the 2016 elections.