Department of Commerce: Further Reading

  • Tad DeHaven

General Resources

Cato Institute. Cato’s trade policy site provides extensive research on trade issues, including antidumping policies.

Congressional Research Service. The CRS issues briefing papers on issues related to the department. CRS studies are available here.

Government Accountability Office. The GAO produces reports on the operations of the department’s programs. You can search for GAO studies here.

U.S. Department of Commerce. The department’s website provides information on agencies and programs. 

U.S. Department of Commerce. The Office of Inspector General investigates waste, fraud, and management failures in department programs. 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The CFDA website has an official listing and description of all federal subsidy programs, including Department of Commerce programs. 

Department of Commerce History

John Upton Terrell, The United States Department of Commerce: A Story of Industry, Science, and Trade (New York: Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1966).

Helen Bowers, From Lighthouses to Laserbeams: A History of the U.S. Department of Commerce (Washington: U.S. Department of Commerce, 1988).

The Department of Commerce: Panama-Pacific International Exposition Edition 1913 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1915).

Economic Development Administration

Sar Levitan, Federal Aid to Depressed Areas (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1964).

Chris Edwards, “Federal Aid to the States: Historical Cause of Government Growth and Bureaucracy,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 593, May 22, 2007.

Business Subsidies

Timothy Carney, The Big Rip-Off: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2006).

Stephen Slivinski, “The Corporate Welfare State: How the Federal Government Subsidizes U.S. Businesses,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 592, May 14, 2007.

Paul M. Hallacher, Why Policy Issue Networks Matter: The Advanced Technology Program and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Lanham, MD: Rowan and Littlefield, 2005).

International Trade Administration

Brink Lindsey and Daniel J. Ikenson, Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law (Washington: Cato Institute, 2003).

Brink Lindsey, Mark A. Groombridge, and Prakash Loungani, “Nailing the Homeowner: The Economic Impact of Trade Protection of the Softwood Lumber Industry,” Cato Institute Trade Policy Analysis no. 11, July 6, 2000.


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