NAFTA has been the proverbial whipping boy, a veritable piñata, since its inception in 1994. But thanks to NAFTA, Florida has been able to boost exports to Canada and Mexico by more than 173 percent and add 1.6 million net private-sector jobs.
Jerry Haar, PhD, is a professor and former associate dean and director of the Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center in the College of Business Administration, Florida International University. He is also a non-resident senior research fellow at Columbia and Georgetown, and has held visiting appointments at Wharton, Harvard, Oxford, Stanford, and the American Enterprise Institute. Dr. Haar has also been a research associate at Columbia University and a Fulbright Scholar at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Brazil. He has consulted for many companies and written for or appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times (London), The Journal of Commerce, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, CNN, the BBC, Fox Cable News, NBC, and CBS. His books include Winning Strategies for the New Latin Markets, Can Latin America Compete?, Small Firms, Global Markets: Competitive Challenges in the New Economy and The Future of Entrepreneurship in Latin America.