Warren Mills

Date of Award

Summer 8-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Economics & Finance

First Advisor

Dan Biederman

Second Advisor

David Flynn

Third Advisor

Prodosh Simlai


A significant amount of concern exists in popular and political culture concerning the effects of trade liberalization on the domestic economy in the U.S. Difficulty exists in isolating the effects of a particular trade agreement due to unrelated trade policy changes that happen preceding, during, and following the signing of an agreement. This research seeks to do an analysis of the big picture involving consumption, income, and employment not with the intent of determining causation, which has proven highly problematic in previous research; instead, the focus is on whether we can exclude a negative effect by NAFTA on these measures of economic well-being in the U.S.