Canada is a major trade partner of Washington State, and a dense web of goods-transport connections links the two. This article catalogs those connections, illustrates the size of the trade relationship, the kinds of goods traded, the specific provincial partners within Canada, and the modes used for specific goods.
Intra-industry trade (IIT) is an important feature of Canada-US trade and is of policy interest because of its linkage to product specialization and industrial clusters. This study examines the behavior of IIT over a 20-year span, with a particular focus upon whether post-9/11 border conditions may have discouraged the growth of IIT relative to total bilateral trade.
There is much recent emphasis upon the measurement of border-related policies, prompted in part by the evaluation criteria embedded within the Beyond the Border Action Plan. This article uses trade/transportation datasets maintained by federal agencies to examine the progress of the N.E.I. and the "Green the Border" movement.
Housed at Western Washington University, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.
The PNWER (Pacific Northwest Economic Region) Conference will take place in Anchorage. Don Alper will co-chair the Border Issues session on the morning of July 16.
The BPRI sponsors one or more Thesis Fellows each year. A Fellow receives a full graduate stipend and tuition support for one quarter, as well as $500 to be used toward research supplies or travel. Graduate students enrolled at Western and pursuing thesis research related to the BPRI's mission are eligible to apply. Applications for a fellowship may be submitted at any time.