• George W. Bush Institute

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Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

Advocating free market principles that promote economic growth and further economic integration throughout North America, enabling the U.S. to better compete in the global economy.

The George W. Bush Institute believes that the key to America’s prosperity is open global markets for trade and investment driven by consumers making economic choices. The Institute’s Economic Growth program has launched a North America Competitiveness Initiative to strengthen economic integration in North America. We believe that increased economic integration among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will strengthen the US economy, create opportunity across the continent, enable the U.S. to better compete, and ultimately improve the global economy.

As part of this project, the Bush Institute has developed a “scorecard” to compare the economic competitiveness of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico relative to other major economic regions and countries with large economies. In addition, our North America working group is looking into issues regarding energy, human capital, and border infrastructure and will release policy recommendations on those topics in 2016. We have brought together a group of experts from across Canada, the U.S., and Mexico to develop a practical reform agenda.

The North America Initiative is also an important opportunity to correct misperceptions and lead the debate in all three countries, but especially in the U.S., in a more positive direction than we have seen. In today’s integrated global economy, as all three countries grow and improve, North America will become an even stronger economic force – and the U.S. a more prosperous society.

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Economic Growth Team

Contact the Economic Growth team at economicgrowth@bushcenter.org.

Media Inquiries: Sarah Boynton, media@bushcenter.org

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BUSH INSTITUTE-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

We are pleased to announce the Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative, a joint effort to advance policies that will promote domestic economic growth and strengthen our competitiveness in the global economy.  Learn more here and watch this space after June 1 for specific information about our work.


North America Competitiveness Scorecard

Public debate often misunderstands the benefits and opportunities of North American global economic integration. To lead in the 21st century, we must look objectively at our strengths and weaknesses and work with our neighbors to stay ahead. As all three countries grow and improve, North America will become an even stronger economic force – and the U.S. a more prosperous society.


2.8 million American jobs supported by our trade relationships with Canada and Mexico.

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North America scores a B+ on the Bush Institute Economic Competitiveness Scorecard. Together, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. outperform the world’s other major regions—including the EU, Mercosur, APEC, and the Pacific Alliance.

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