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How National Politics Impact Houston’s Global Economy

How National Politics Impact Houston’s Global Economy

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public MediaHouston recently hosted a trade delegation from Cuba. It’s one example of how Houston is part of the larger global economy. That stands in contrast to what appears to be happening on the national level, as President Donald Trump signs executive orders that seem to take the completely opposite approach.

And, after the White House issued an executive order that temporarily barred the entry of people from seven countries to the United States, institutions and businesses that rely on the people potentially affected (including students and staff at the University of Houston) were cautioned to, for the moment, avoid traveling outside of the U.S.

So, it’s not just a question of limits on who can enter the country — an executive order like this can also impact who feels comfortable leaving. Could this executive order have a cooling effect on trade, as significant as something like cancelling the TPP or seeking to renegotiate NAFTA? Are there unintended consequences beyond geopolitical concerns? How will national politics impact Houston’s relationship in the global economy?

We discuss those questions with Dr. Tony Payan of Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and Dr. Steven Craig, economics professor at the University of Houston.

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Abner Fletcher

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