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Charts of the week: America’s NAFTA trade, US foreign assistance, Pittsburgh’s university R&D investment

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NAFTA NATIONS ARE AMERICA’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNERS

Amid renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Brookings Fellow Joe Parilla explored how changing trade policies would affect major U.S. metropolitan areas. The United States currently trades more with Canada and Mexico than with Japan, South Korea, and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) combined.

Figure: Total US trade with Canada/Mexico vs BRICS/Japan/Korea, 2016

LOVE, TRUST, AND FEAR MOTIVATE US FOREIGN ASSISTANCE

In a report that analyzes U.S. global development leadership, Homi Kharas, senior fellow and co-director of the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings, explains how love, trust, and fear are the basic motives behind U.S. foreign aid. In the chart below, Kharas divides the largest elements of the U.S. foreign aid budget among the three positions.

Figure 1: Love, trust, and fear in U.S. foreign assistance

Pittsburgh INVESTS OVER $1 BILLION in UNIVERSITY Research & Development

Pittsburgh is investing in high-skilled workers and research institutions to create a competitive advantage among other metropolitan areas. A new report from the Centennial Scholar Initiative at Brookings reveals that university research and development spending in the Pittsburgh area was nearly two and a half times the national average in 2016.

University R&D expenditures per metropolitan population, Pittsburgh and selected regions, 2015

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