The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is the leading think tank on economic and policy issues in the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area. A forum for engagement and a respected source of fact-based economic analysis, the Institute is a trusted partner and adviser to both business leaders and government officials. Through its economic and policy research and partnerships, it addresses issues impacting the competitiveness, economic development and quality of life of the region and the state, including infrastructure, human capital, globalization, science and technology, and health policy. The Institute is guided by a Board of Trustees drawn from leaders in the corporate, university, government and non-profit sectors.
Political debate and the anxiety it has fueled have created an unfortunate—and inaccurate—impression that trade agreements have destroyed manufacturing and are killing US jobs. A look at the facts reveals a more complex story and points to a different conclusion.