Paul Kengor, Ph.D., is an adjunct Scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, professor of political science at Grove City College, and executive director of the Center for Vision & Values. He previously was a research fellow at the Allegheny Institute for Public Policy in Pittsburgh. Kengor has published studies on NAFTA's effects on Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, and Arizonia.

Kengor's work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Political Science, Quarterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Buffalo News, Defense News, The Detroit News, Houston Post, and the Washington Times.

Kengor is a former research analyst for the Political-Military Affairs program at the Center for Strategic and Internation Studies in Washington, D.C. for which he still does occasional work. He is also a former Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation.

Kengor's doctorate is from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and Internation Affairs.

By Dr. Paul Kengor

Trade Liberalization: The North American Free Trade Agreement's Economic Impact on Michigan

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is six years old. Has it benefited Michigan's economy? Or has it destroyed jobs and hampered prosperity, as predicted by many who participated in the national debate that raged for two years prior to its ratification? The verdict is in, and the available data clearly show that free trade is proving to be a significant boon to Michigan businesses and citizens. This study analyzes five years of import and export figures to show that the tariff cuts enacted by NAFTA have led to significantly increased Michigan exports to Canada and Mexico. The study concludes that while some businesses may have been hurt by NAFTA, on balance, removing government barriers to trade has been a positive step toward increasing the prosperity and standards of living for Michigan citizens-and citizens throughout America, Canada, and Mexico. … more