Date of Graduation

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Political Science

Advisor/Mentor

Medina Vidal, Xavier

Committee Member/Reader

Holland, Edward

Committee Member/Second Reader

Ryan, Jeffrey

Committee Member/Third Reader

Plavcan, Mike

Abstract

In an effort to understand the effectiveness of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the author uses previous academic literature to assesses the success of the North American Free Trade Agreement’s primary and peripheral goals. To understand how North American citizens, perceive NAFTA and their future relationship with one another, the author uses survey data to analyze attitudes of American and Mexican citizens towards trade liberalization (NAFTA) and labor mobility. Regression analysis reveals that there is a positive relationship between labor mobility and trade liberalization for Mexican citizens but not for American citizens. This is a significant finding that contributes to our understanding of potential policy recommendations and the integration of the North American countries.

Keywords

Mexico, United States of America, Migration, Perceptions, Pew Research Center, NAFTA

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