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Forging a New Path in North American Trade and Immigration

September 26–27, 2019 Dallas Fed

Presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Mission Foods Texas–Mexico Center at SMU

The U.S., Mexico and Canada have benefited from over two decades of openness to trade, migration and investment through the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Businesses in these nations utilize North America’s world-class manufacturing platform to be more efficient and increase their competitiveness worldwide. In turn, consumers have enjoyed lower prices and greater product variety. This conference will explore what the future may bring to this deep economic relationship and the challenges and opportunities presented by the proposed United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). Topics include:

  • Rules of origin, supply chains and trade diversion.
  • Digital trade and cross-border data services.
  • Energy sector investment and regulation.
  • Migration, workforce and the integration of labor markets


  • Thursday and Friday, September 26–27, 2019


  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
    2200 N. Pearl St.
    Dallas, TX 75201



Thursday, September 26
7:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Robert S. Kaplan, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
9:15 a.m. Plenary Session
Moderator: Robert S. Kaplan
Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal, Former Mexico Secretary of Economy and Mexico’s USMCA representative
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Panel 1: Rules of Origin: U.S. Content of Imports, Supply Chains and Trade Diversion
Moderator: Carlos E. Zarazaga, Senior Research Economist and Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Alonso de Gortari, Assistant Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College
Eddy Bekkers, Research Economist, World Trade Organization
Daniel Chiquiar, Director of Economic Research, Banco de México
12:00 p.m. Lunch & Keynote
Introduction: Luisa del Rosal, Executive Director, Mission Foods Texas–Mexico Center, Southern Methodist University
Timothy J. Kehoe, Professor of Economics, University of Minnesota
1:15 p.m. Panel 2: Services and Digital Trade: Policy, Data Location and Data Services
Moderator: Mike Sposi, Assistant Professor of Economics, Southern Methodist University, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Anupam Chander, Professor of Law, Law Center, Georgetown University
Joshua P. Meltzer, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
2:45 p.m. Panel 3: Energy Sector: Investment, Regulation and Binational Strategy
Moderator: Mine Yücel, Senior Vice President and Senior Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Enrique Marroquin, President, Hunt Mexico
Pedro Niembro, Senior Director, Monarch Global Strategies, Mexico City
Curt Anastasio, Chairman, GasLog Partners LP, San Antonio
4:00 p.m. Break
4:15 p.m. Economic Implications for the U.S. of a North America Without NAFTA or USMCA
Moderator: Matthew Rooney, Managing Director, George W. Bush Institute
Christine McDaniel, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Kei-Mu Yi, Senior Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Professor of Economics, University of Houston
5:15 p.m. Adjourn
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:15 p.m. Dinner
Introduction: Marc Giannoni, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Anne Osborn Krueger, Senior Research Professor of International Economics, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Friday, September 27
8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Plenary Session
Moderator: Roberto Coronado, Senior Vice President in Charge and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso Branch
Raymond Robertson, Director, Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy, Texas A&M University
9:45 a.m. Panel 4: Migration, Workforce and the Integration of Labor Markets
Moderator: Jim Hollifield, Director, Tower Center for Public Policy and International Affairs, Southern Methodist University
Jeffrey S. Passel, Senior Demographer, Pew Research Center
Madeline Zavodny, Professor of Economics, University of N. Florida
John Sutcliffe, Professor of Political Science, University of Windsor
11:15 a.m. Concluding Remarks
Jesus Cañas, Senior Business Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
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