A Multi-Country Evaluation of Trade Imbalances
An ITIP Capstone Policy Project


The Elliott School of International Affairs
The George Washington University
April 1999

In their final semester of study, students in the International Trade & Investment Policy (ITIP) master's degree program participate in a team research project. The project is an interdisciplinary analysis of an important current issue in International Affairs. This year's class evaluated the trade imbalances of thirteen countries, focusing primarily on the often neglected capital account imbalances and international investment positions rather than on the imbalances in goods and services trade. The introduction highlights the reasons for this alternative focus. The conclusion provides highlights of the individual country studies.
Contributing Authors
Maria Arefieva
Ioana C. Barza
Brinton E. Bohling
John Buda
Melissa E. Dodge
Megan P. Heckert
Chris Janak
Narissa Mohd Khalid
William A. Montgomery
Yuki Naito
Robert C. Norrington
Rogerio G. Ramos
Erin Webster
Marcelo M. Wright
Keiko Yamaguchi

Completed under the direction of Professor Steven Suranovic

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: How to Evaluate Trade Imbalances
  • Individual Country Studies
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Japan
  • Brazil
  • Venezuela
  • Mexico
  • Taiwan
  • Malaysia
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Ghana
  • China
  • Conclusion

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