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Fishkind Conversations: On Florida Primary Day, A Look At Trade And Migration Issues

90.7's economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind, President of Fishkind and Associates
90.7's economic analyst Dr. Hank Fishkind, President of Fishkind and Associates

On Florida’s presidential primary day, 90.7’s economic analyst Hank Fishkind takes on two big economic issues getting a lot of attention that are important for state finances: trade and migration.

He begins his examination of the two with trade. Fishkind says all the presidential candidates have at least some criticism of NAFTA and the pending Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

Hank’s Highlights:


  • Those who are opposed to trade liberalization point out that US industries exposed to increased foreign trade have often lost sales and have had to either shrink their US operations or move overseas. This is true for some industries, but for others, freer trade has stimulated demand for their products and allowed for expansion.
  • On balance, there is very strong evidence that, in total, the US economy has benefited from liberalized international trade.
  • From an economic perspective, the overwhelming weight of analysis concludes that moderate migration is quite positive for the receiving area.
Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.