Find information on 5 trade agreements.  Talk about the countries involved and when the agreement was implemented.  Then discuss the pros and cons of each agreement in terms of gains and losses...

Find information on 5 trade agreements.  Talk about the countries involved and when the agreement was implemented.  Then discuss the pros and cons of each agreement in terms of gains and losses for the countries involved. 


An example of NAFTA is provided for you below.  Needless to say, NAFTA cannot be used as an example in your own papers.


Name of agreement                          NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement)         


Countries involved                           United States, Canada, and Mexico. (USDA, n.d.)       


Date agreement implemented         January 1, 1994 (USDA, n.d.)          


Pros of agreement                            The agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico links 450 million people and produces $17 trillion in goods and services annually. Some of the advantages include a 5-fold increase of trade between the NAFTA signatories from $297 billion in 1993 to $1.6 trillion in 2009. (Amadeo, 2012)


Cons of agreement                           Critics say that the agreement has led to a net loss of 500,000 – 750,000 jobs in the U.S., and a decline in labor protection and degradation of the environment in Mexico. (Amadeo, 2012)





Amadeo, Kimberly (2012,February 12). NAFTA Pros and Cons, Retrieved from

United States Department of Agriculture.Foreign Agricultural Service (n.d.). North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Retrieved from



Make sure you clearly state theSOURCEfor each set of information that you use to fill out your tables and provide APA CITATIONS within parentheses in your text.  Without in-text citations and references your work will be considered plagiarized and you will get a ZERO.


What your presentation should look like –


APA formatted title slide


One paragraph Introduction to the presentation


At least 5 slides (you can have more than 5) – one for each agreement – using the format for NAFTA presented above. Make sure you have in-text citations for each point (again as shown above)


One paragraph Conclusion


References (APA formatted)


All text must have citations as well as references. What is the difference between the two? 

When you get ideas from a source that is not your own, you must give credit.  This is a citation and will take the form of a parenthetical citation at the end of the paragraph/sentence as in the example below: 

With obesity concerns gripping the nation many non-exercisers have turned to cycling as a leisure activity that helps fight the battle of the bulge. Cycling is a great low impact way to increase your heart rate and burn calories without causing undue strain and pressure to your joints and muscles. This is especially important with an ageing baby boom population seeking an easier way to stay fit (Foley, 2005).

This article is then fully referenced in the references page at the end of the paper as

Ryan Foley A.P. (2005) The Lance Factor. Retrieved from the Honolulu Advertiser October 8th, 2005 

Remember that citations are required not only when you are directly quoting from a source.  Even if you “borrow” an idea from a source but paraphrase it in your own words you must give credit.  Otherwise you are trying to pass off someone else’s ideas as your own.  And that is plagiarism. A plagiarized paper will get a grade of zero.

Since social science disciplines use the APA style of formatting you must follow the APA style throughout the paper.  The following website will give you information about the APA style of formatting.

Expert Answers
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Free trade agreements (FTA's) are an integral practice within an ever-growing globalized market economy, and, in America especially, free trade agreements have resulted in huge economic gains. As stated by the International Trade Administration, the "reduction of trade barriers and the creation of a more stable and transparent trading and and investment environment make it easier and cheaper for the U.S. to export their products and services." From this statement, it is clear that the U.S. has benefitted greatly from past FTA's with countries that range from each end of the globe.

Here are some examples: 


Name of agreement                          The Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement 


Countries involved                           United States, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador. (Arnadeo, 2017)       


Date agreement implemented         August 5, 2004 (Arnadeo, 2017)          


Pros of agreement                           71% increase in trade of goods since 2005. 4.7% economical growth in Nicaragua (2014). Greater foreign investment in Costa Rican telecommunication and insurance industries. Growth of gold and silver exports in Dominican Republic, as well as an increase in tourism. (Arnadeo, 2017) 


Cons of agreement                          This trade deal resulted in a massive upheaval due to an increase in exports of low-cost grains and a change of location for low-cost labor. Many jobs moved overseas to countries like China and Vietnam. (Arnadeo, 2017) 


Name of agreement                          Trans-Pacific Partnership


Countries involved                           United State and 11 countries that border the Pacific (Arnadeo, 2017)


Date agreement implemented         February 4, 2016 (Arnadeo, 2017)          


Pros of agreement                            The creation of jobs due to an increase in exports and economic growth. Specifically, this agreement would help to improve the plastics, machinery, auto, and agricultural industries. (Arnadeo, 2017) 


Cons of agreement                           A majority of the growth that would incur would primarily benefit higher wage earners. This is a result of an increase of production of textiles and cheap goods. (Amadeo, 2017)


Name of agreement                          Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership 


Countries involved                           United States and the European Union (Arnadeo, 2017).  

Date agreement implemented        In progress... (Arnadeo, 2017)          


Pros of agreement                            Economic growth and the creation of up to 2 million jobs. This agreement would also strengthen the relationship of Transatlantic partnerships in the face of a rise in economic power from China, India, and other Pacific nations. (Amadeo, 2017)


Cons of agreement                           A growth in the European economy could result in a reduction of jobs for American workers. Companies like Boeing and those that produce French champagne would be especially damaged. (Amadeo, 2017)


Name of agreement                          Israel Free Trade Agreement 


Countries involved                           United States and Israel (Arnadeo, 2017).


Date agreement implemented         1985 (Arnadeo, 2017)          


Pros of agreement                            Resulted in a decrease in trade restrictions that limited exports between the two countries. Also resulted in greater transparency in regard to trade regulations. (Amadeo, 2017)


Cons of agreement                           The strengthening of ties between Israel and the U.S. resulted, in part, in the alienation of Middle Eastern and neighboring countries like Palestine. (Amadeo, 2017)


Name of agreement                         Jordan Free Trade Agreement


Countries involved                           United States and Jordan (Arnadeo, 2017)       


Date agreement implemented         December 17, 2001 (Arnadeo, 2017)          


Pros of agreement                            Reduced trade barriers in the meat and poultry industries, specifically. Also benefitted Jordan's agricultural industry. (Amadeo, 2017)


Cons of agreement                           May have resulted in an increase in violations of labor-rights due to the increase in production of cheap goods. (Amadeo, 2017)

In conclusion, all of the aforementioned trade agreements have resulted in an increase in the production and export of trade goods between the countries involved. Consequently, all of the countries involved have experienced economic growth to some degree since these agreements have been signed into action. Unfortunately, this economic growth primarily benefits higher-wage earners as free trade agreements tend to help more industrialized countries. As a consequence, economies that cannot compete to the same degree tend to suffer. (Arnadeo, 2017)


Amadeo, K. (n.d.). The Top 12 U.S. Bilateral Trade Agreements. Retrieved June 26, 2017, from

Amadeo, K. (n.d.). Will the World's Largest Trade Agreement Be Signed This Year? Retrieved June 26, 2017, from

Amadeo, K. (n.d.). The 2004 Trade Agreement That Made Bananas Cheaper. Retrieved June 26, 2017, from

Amadeo, K. (n.d.). What Does Trump's Executive Order to Withdraw from the TPP Mean? Retrieved June 26, 2017, from