Quiz: How Much Do You Know About NAFTA?

Test your understanding of NAFTA's impact, five years after the fact


| July-August 1999


When the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect five years ago, its proponents were crowing about the 200,000 new jobs it would create in the United States, the prosperity it would bring to Mexico, and the environmental initiatives it would spur. Well, the report card's in (a study by Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, to be precise), and, as The Nation (Jan. 25, 1999) reports, the results certainly have been surprising. This reality check will get you current on NAFTA's impact—and help you measure your own feelings about free trade.

1. Number of certified U.S. jobs lost to NAFTA, according to U.S. government figures:

a) 1.3 million
b) 214,902
c) 4,638
d) None

2. Four of every ten U.S. products exported to Mexico consist of:

a) Assorted military hardware to squash the Chiapas rebels
b) Parts shipped to plants owned by American companies to be assembled and sold in the United States
c) Licensed NBA or Major League Baseball merchandise
d) Tortillas, salsa, and other Mexican food

3. Mexican productivity has soared by 36.4 percent since NAFTA, while wages have:

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