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Apple Watch Tells Us That It Is Time to Get Serious About Jobs

Greg Autry | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Greg Autry

All things being equal, Apple and other nominally American companies would be more efficient if they kept production closer to design and weren't shuffling $billions between Irish shell corporations and Caribbean banks.

USDA Works To Stop Import, Sale Of Illegal Giant African Snails

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collec...

Ideology Trumps Common Sense

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Conservatives in Congress can find other ways to express their ideology. Their opposition to the Ex-Im bank is irrational and contrary to our national interests. If Congress dumps the bank, it will be a major blow to manufacturing and to our economy.

Stop Exporting Jobs With the Stroke of a Pen!

John Komlos | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
John Komlos

By establishing a market for import certificates, firms would have powerful incentives to bring the trade deficit into balance. All foreigners sending goods to this country would have to buy the certificates in appropriate amounts from our exporters. Overall, trade would become balanced quickly.

Celebrate Imports

Benjamin Powell | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Benjamin Powell

Many people focus on exports because they mistakenly focus on visible jobs. When an export industry grows, we can easily see the jobs created and the people who work in them.

India's Coal Imports Face a Bleak Future

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Chaitanya Kumar

The US Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), an independent analyses and research institute on energy and environment has come out with a bleak future outlook for India's coal imports, primarily from Australia.

The War on Poverty, International Trade and the State of the Union

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It is hard to see our trade policy as a place where we are having much success. We have an unceasing $700 billion trade deficit, and we have lost 5.2 million manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

The Globalization 5 -- How Globalization Changed America in 2013, and What It Might Mean for 2014

Edward Goldberg | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Welcome to the age of Central Bank Power. Since the 2008 crash, the U.S Federal Reserve Bank has become a new type of global hegemon.

Making a New Friend in Ho Chi Minh City

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Steve Mariotti

It wasn't hard to find another small businessman to interview in Vietnam. Trugyn is one of the top tour guides in the country. He was born at such an important time in Vietnam's history -- it was 1960, in a small village at the conclusion of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Made in USA: How Are We Doing as an Export Nation?

Dominik Knoll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Out of the top 100 metros, 76 registered record volumes in export. Interestingly, 28 percent of total U.S. exports was attributed to the top ten metropolitan areas in 2012 -- Los Angeles, New York and Houston being the top three respectively.

When Breaking News Is Only Headlines: Germany, the European Union and the U.S.

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Of all this week's international news -- the horrors in Kenya, Rouhani at the UN, the negotiations over Syria -- it is what some might call 'the boring German election' that will have the greatest long-term impact on the interests of the United States.

South-South Trade Through Value-Added Glasses

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

It is misleading to use gross data on exports and imports to calculate the extent to which trade contributes to economic growth, and affects the allocation of national resources. Products often cross borders more than once while being processed.

India, Coal Imports, And Energy Security

Justin Guay | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

"If you want to import coal, gas or petrol, it is freely available. But the problem is that imported coal is 60 to 70 per cent more expensive," Chairm...

China: The Morphing Dragon

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The Chinese economy has changed dramatically over the last three decades. This extraordinary pace of transformation is poised to continue over the next two decades.

Is Colombia Suffering the Dutch Disease?

Felipe Ángel | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Felipe Ángel

Despite the global economic situation, Colombia has shown resilience to external shocks in recent years, with reasonable economic performance in its region, in part due to responsible monetary policies conducted by the Central Bank.

Visualizing Which States Import the Most Cigarettes Illegally, Especially You New York

VisualNews.com | Posted 05.21.2013 | Crime
VisualNews.com

According to a recent visual study on the matter, from 2006 through present day, cigarette tax rates have steadily been on the rise throughout the states.

Brazilian Competitiveness: Folia and Hangover

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As the Carnival in Brazil kicked off last weekend, Brazilians were ready for a party. They have reasons to celebrate. Despite a lackluster GDP performance in the last two years, unemployment rates remain at record low levels.

Getting High... With a Little Help From Our Friends

Ed Gerwin | Posted 02.03.2013 | Business
Ed Gerwin

Interestingly, Antares' initial cargo will include small satellites built by NASA from globally sourced smartphones. But Antares should also remind us that, when it comes to America's role in the connected global economy, we also need to act on some weighty issues here on Earth.

Slippery Politics Put The Squeeze On Olive Oil

Zester Daily | Posted 08.22.2012 | Home
Zester Daily

There's a problem with Spanish olive oil, and it's not just in Spain.

Distorted Prices in Commodity Markets

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Take the case of the upsurge of export barriers in response to rising world prices of food staples. While a particular country might put in place such a barrier to keep food at home and prices low, the effects in importing countries are negative.

If It Ain't Broke, Break It: The Crisis Congress Continues

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 06.20.2012 | Business
Rep. Keith Ellison

If the Republicans are serious about aiding small businesses, then they should be all about supporting the Export-Import Bank's mission.

The U.S. Export and Import Bank Should Help Finance Sales of Domestic Firms That Compete with Imports

Robert E. Scott | Posted 06.04.2012 | Business
Robert E. Scott

Promoting exports while ignoring the negative impacts of imports has become an executive mantra in Washington. It's time to end that single-minded focus.

Our Dangerous Dependence on Foreign Chocolate

Ernest Istook | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Mr. Obama is using flimsy and misleading numbers to justify his anti-oil and gas energy policy, and his mega-billion dollar subsidies for "green energy" and "green jobs." So perhaps it's time for him to pivot to another basic necessity, like chocolate.

A Populace Pink Slimed

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Politicians insisted that identifying slimed beef is not necessary, or even wise, because the fabricated-sans-fat-smashed-meat-scraps-seasoned-with-ammonia mixture is more nutritious. They chose to champion not consumers but slime producers. The reason is obvious.

A Competitive Dollar: The Missing Link in President Obama's Manufacturing Agenda

Dean Baker | Posted 03.31.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

In his State of the Union Address last week, President Obama announced a renewed commitment to manufacturing in the United States. While the commitment to rebuilding the country's manufacturing base is welcome, he unfortunately left the most important item on the list off the agenda. President Obama failed to commit himself to restoring the competitiveness of dollar as part of his agenda for bringing back manufacturing jobs. The value of the dollar really has to be front and central in any effort to restore U.S. competitiveness since it is by far the most important factor determining the relative cost of U.S. goods compared with goods produced elsewhere.