Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative

Global Economic Engagement

Strengthening economies in neighboring countries and in Central America increases prosperity, growth, and job creation in the United States.

Economic integration with Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the rest of the global economy produces enormous benefits for the United States. Free trade fosters innovation, productivity, and competitiveness in the global marketplace.

As the U.S. economy adds new jobs, some — generally less skilled and well-paid — will be lost. This is a natural process that has always been at work in the United States. Our challenge is to enable these workers to retrain and move as needed to benefit from new opportunities, ensuring our country and those around us can prosper into the future.

Our working group networks span North America and Central America, providing expert insights into economic policy, democratic governance, human rights, migration, and border security issues. Our policy recommendations for governments across these regions are informed by these insights.


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Matthew Rooney

Senior Advisor George W. Bush Institute

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Jenny Villatoro

Program Manager, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative