Lee Branstetter on TPP
The text of the Transpacific Partnership, or TPP was publicly released for the first time on November 5, 2015 and, at 5,500 pages, there’s a lot to understand. This massive trade deal covers twelve different countries responsible for 40% of the world’s GDP. Joining us to share his knowledge and expertise on the area is Professor Lee Branstetter, currently tenured here at Heinz College. Branstetter helped assemble some of the deal during a yearlong stint at the White House’s Council of Economic Advisors in 2011 and 2012 and his own academic authorship includes intellectual property and the pharmaceutical industry, one of the most contentious parts of the TPP.