Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy
President George H.W. Bush and Robert A. Mosbacher
The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy was founded in October 2009 upon the request of President George H.W. Bush to honor Robert A. Mosbacher, Sr., who served as secretary of commerce from 1989 to 1992. Our primary stakeholders are the Bush School, its faculty and students, Texas A&M University, the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, and our donors.
Recent News & Events
Is the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) really the “worst trade agreement ever?” This brief revisits the evidence surrounding NAFTA, in particular, and free trade agreements, in general. It finds that overall, NAFTA’s effects have been small but positive for both Mexico and the United States and that the number of workers who have been adversely affected is in the thousands while the number of people who benefit from trade runs in the millions.
The Mosbacher Institute and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation will welcome Lauren Wright, first-time author, to discuss her book On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communication Strategy Today. The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion on the future of this role by moderator Ann Compton, former news reporter; Anita McBride, former chief of staff to Laura Bush; and Wright. This event will take place at 7 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Library.
The Mosbacher Institute’s two 2016 Trade Interns, Lauren Davis and Greg Klein, spent their summers serving in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC. Read the spotlight interviews below to learn more about their internships. To learn more about the Mosbacher Institute’s Internships in International Trade, visit our webpage at http://bush.tamu.edu/mosbacher/internship/.
The Mosbacher Institute was pleased to be one of the co-sponsors of a recent full-day conference exploring what the next president’s foreign policy priorities should be for US-Latin American relations. The conference brought together experts from business, government, academia, and the media representing a range of expertise on economic policy and trade, regional politics and relations, energy, and security. The experts participated in wide-ranging, nonpartisan dialogue that culminated in a series of policy proposals relevant to important US relationships with Latin America.
More information about the conference can be found at http://bush.tamu.edu/opportunities-for-cooperation/.
Join us as David M. Weekley, Chairman of David Weekley Homes, receives the 2016 McLane Leadership in Business Award.
Texans believe they own the water beneath their land and can freely sell or lease their water rights, but a patchwork of Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) restrict such transactions. As a result, groundwater rights have become a phantom. Regulatory changes are needed that respect the rights of property owners and use market forces to promote the prudent best use of Texas’ groundwater resources.
Join us as Dr. Manuel Sánchez González, Deputy Governor of Banco de México, discusses the "Changing Structure of the Mexican Economy:
Mexico as a Regional Leader" as part of the Conversations in Public Policy Speaker Series.
In 2006, Texas faced a fiscal double whammy. Not only
had the Texas Supreme Court ordered the state to pick up
more of the tab for K-12 education, but the legislature
promised voters significant property tax relief. To achieve
both goals simultaneously, the Texas Legislature
expanded the state’s franchise tax (a form of corporate
income tax) to include businesses other than corporations.
A good idea in principle, but not in execution.
Mosbacher Interns Headed to the Office of the US Trade Representative
The Mosbacher Institute is pleased to announce that its 2016 Trade Interns, Lauren Davis and Greg Klein, will both be serving in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, DC this summer. Lauren will be working in the Office of Central and South Asian Affairs, under the leadership of the Department Assistant to India. She expects to be working on issues involving intellectual property and trade in that region. Greg will be in the Western Hemisphere Office conducting US trade policy research to assist the agency’s efforts to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement passed. The Mosbacher Institute is very proud of both of our interns and can not wait to hear about their experiences when they return.
Michael K. Young
President of Texas A&M University
Freedom of Religion and the Global Growth of Democracy
Join us for a Conversation in Public Policy with Michael K. Young, President of Texas A&M University.
The Honorable Richard C. Breeden
24th Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Former Assistant to the President for Issues Analysis
Restoring Trust: Financial Crises and Regulatory Responses in the Bush Era and Beyond
Join us to hear about Chairman Breeden’s experience working with President George H.W. Bush to handle a wide variety of complex issues involving US financial and capital markets. As Assistant to the President in 1989, Chairman Breeden led White House efforts to confront and ultimately defuse the “S&L Crisis.” We will look at how those regulatory choices remain highly relevant to US capital markets today.
Amy Ellen Schwartz
Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Instruction Isn't Enough: How Academic Success is Shaped by What Happens Outside of School and What We Can Do About It
Amy Ellen Schwartz is an economist whose research interests span a broad range of issues in education policy, urban economics, and public finance. Her current projects include an investigation of student mobility; the impact of neighborhood crime on student performance; and the impact of housing vouchers on residential location decisions and children’s educational outcomes.
Taken by Storm: The Effects of the Post Katrina New Orleans School Reforms on Students' Academic Outcomes
Douglas Harris is an economist whose research explores how the level and equity of student educational outcomes are influenced by education policies. His current work focuses on the effects of the unprecedented school reforms that emerged in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Co-founder & CEO, Global Volunteers
Short-term Volunteers: an Essential Resource for Long-term Development
Join us to hear from nonprofit entrepreneur, Bud Philbrook, about the innovative approach Global Volunteers is taking to involve short-term volunteers in impactful, long-term community development projects.
Objectives and Programs
Mosbacher Institute Research
The Takeaway offers its readers concrete ideas to take away and integrate into their thinking about a policy problem or current event. It features concise, non-technical analysis, thoughtful policy discussion, and practical recommendations on the key issues facing decision makers.