Nalytical Essay of State of Massachusetts on North American Free Trade Agreement

Negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement began under President George H. W. Bush and were concluded under President Bill Clinton. The final vote permitting implementation of the agreement took place in the U.S. House of Representatives on November 17, and in the U.S. Senate on November 19, 1993. The House approved the agreement with 243 in favor and 200 opposed. The Senate vote was 61 in favor; 38 opposed (North Dakotaas Senator Byron Dorgan did not vote).

Analyze the votes of the Congressional Representatives and/or Senators from Massachusetts. Find relevant quotes attributed to those politicians, examine the editorial pages of newspapers that are local to Massachusetts, examine the economic makeup of Massachusetts, and try to explain the vote of Massachusetts delegation in the context of one or more trade models. If the vote seems contradictory to all known models, explain why.

This is not a research paper per se. You will not be undertaking econometric analysis or model building. And it is not an exercise in writing a textbook description of a model. Rather, your writing should be styled after something you might see in a news magazine such as the Economist or a newspaper like the Wall Street Journal. These sorts of publications often contain data displayed in pie charts, bar graphs, and the like; but they almost never contain analytic diagrams (for example, you are not likely to see a production possibilities frontier).

The Senate and House votes on NAFTA can be found at these web sites: