Trump, Trade, and Globalization

A book by David Jacoby,

President of Boston Strategies International

Published by ABC-CLIO/Praeger

  • Free trade is under assault in more than a dozen countries worldwide. The United States is no longer competitive, and neither are the UK, Germany, France, and other industrialized nations.
  • The issue is not just emotional or transitory: the West is in a serious economic quandary. Until 2018, the US corporate tax rate stood at 35%, while other countries’ rates are 12% to 25%. It spends 17% of GDP on healthcare, versus 9.7% for other countries. It spends 13% less on R&D than its trading partners, and its leadership in global patent applications has eroded. It has the costs of a welfare state and is losing out to lower-cost, more aggressive developing nations.
  • If the Trump administration withdraws from more trade agreements and European and Asian countries follow suit, a collapse of free trade could cause a global recession that may cost the US economy as much as 2.7% of GDP and the world economy as much as 1.7% of GDP – negative growth for everyone. Economic leadership would shift to China.
  • If the United States forcefully renegotiates all its trading agreements, it could boost its own GDP by about 3% by bringing back offshored production and reducing costs and prices by abandoning environmental and social standards at home and abroad. Its trading partners’ economies would stall as jobs in their countries shift back to the US.
  • A New Multilateralism is possible, in which mature economies become the undisputed leaders in technology and innovation, and embrace multilateral trade. This would result in the highest global growth rate and would facilitate social and environmental progress.


“Globalization is the most contested topic of our time. Jacoby tees up the right questions, and his analysis and conclusions about trade and globalization are insightful, important, and timely.”

Dr. Mauro F. Guillen

Director of The Lauder Institute and Professor at The Wharton School


“The scenarios, which are interesting and present some polar positions of where the world could go, emphasize important policy decisions which could have major consequences for the US’s place in the world and its economic prospects.”

Scott Livermore

COO, Oxford Economics


“David Jacoby’s experience in international business and his insights into the politics and social realities of trade make this book credible and interesting. His assessment of the future role of multilateral trade institutions and regional trade agreements makes sense, and with proper negotiation and implementation, the “new multilateralism” that he outlines can create sustained and balanced economic growth.”

Dr. Oliver Massmann

General Director of Duane Morris LLC


“David Jacoby’s impeccable credentials as a consultant and business leader distinguish this book. The integration of cross-cutting themes and integrative analysis of political, economic, and social development trends make it uniquely insightful and valuable.”

Christophe Poittevin

Sales Engagement Director, Atos International


“Jacoby’s analysis of the differing East and West trade experiences rings true based on my 21 years in China. This book offers an intelligent discussion on a new approach to global trade.”

Mike Silva

President of Maison Global


This book skillfully ties together today’s headline economic and trade issues with complex political and social challenges. Jacoby’s analysis of today’s globalization puzzles leads to a clearly presented vision for a prosperous new trade paradigm that can drive sustained global growth. He demonstrates convincingly how investments in infrastructure, education and technology, combined with cost-effective health care and public policies can benefit knowledge-based economies in a global setting.” 

Dan Hodge

Principal of Hodge Economic Consulting


“To Trump or not to Trump…that is the question, and David Jacoby tackles the issues with his usual trademark mastery of defining and analyzing complex problems. Another fascinating read from the master!”

Ibrahim Al Mubayadh

President, Advanced Management Systems


Clarity on trade topics that are over-saturated with political rhetoric, posturing, and divisive tweets

Provocative and interesting to both free traders and protectionists.

Factual analysis of the impact of globalization and the cost of isolationism


Voted in the 2016 US presidential election, in which globalization and trade were central themes.

Review, set, or lobby for policies on trade


David Jacoby has been consulting for 30 years in operations strategy and performance improvement. He is the President of Boston Strategies International, which consults to the largest industrial manufacturing, energy, and logistics companies worldwide, as well as lenders, law firms, and government and international nongovernmental organizations. He is the author of Guide to Supply Chain Management (The Economist 2009)Optimal Supply Chain Management in Oil, Gas, and Power Generation (PennWell 2012); The High Cost of Low Prices (Business Expert Press, 2018);  Trump, Trade and The End of Globalization (Praeger, 2018); and From Bogota to Beijing: Development and Life After Globalization (Lexington Press, 2018). Formerly, he taught Operations Management at Boston University’s graduate school of business. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, a Master’s in International Business from the Lauder Institute, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.