Professor Christopher Ball: Connecticut could benefit from free trade agreement between U.S., Europe

Ball ChristopherChristopher Ball, director of the Central European Institute and Istvan Szechenyi Chair in International Economics at Quinnipiac Universitywas featured in a Hartford Business Journal article about a free trade agreement between the United States and Europe.

Connecticut would benefit from the agreement, Ball said.

“In short, it lowers the tariffs charged on Connecticut products sold in Europe and also helps lower regulatory barriers these Connecticut companies face when selling to the European market,” he said. “In 2012, Connecticut exported approximately $5.5 billion worth of goods to European Union countries, constituting about 35 percent of our state’s total exports. Lowering barriers will allow Connecticut companies to grow that business and allow new companies to enter as well.”

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