Category: Economics

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Can The U.S. & China Get Along?

Having lived and worked in the US and China, I often tell those who are interested that the people of the two nations are more similar than they are different. However, the systems of government and, less obviously, the projection of hard and soft power differ greatly between the two countries.   China is no longer content to play a… Read more →

Changing Work for a Changing Economy: Looking to the Future, Not the Past

This article was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com Manufacturing jobs, once the backbone of middle class employment, have dwindled to the American economy’s detriment. It’s a fact bemoaned by citizens and politicians alike: jobs that once fueled the nation and its people are outsourced to cheaper laborers overseas or eliminated by advances in technology. If only there were a way to… Read more →

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Businesses Leading The Shift to Low-Carbon Economy

Companies of various sizes and across many industries are taking concrete steps to lower their carbon emissions as consumers focus more on clean and green initiatives and climate change grows increasingly visible. Some companies are driven by core environmental concerns, and many by the fact that low carbon and other green sectors increasingly make good business sense on outright economic… Read more →

Thoughts on President Trump’s Economic and Jobs Plans

It has been a week since the bombshell election of 2016. Depending on where you live and your views you are depressed, ecstatic, protesting, hopeful. Putting aside politics for the moment, let’s examine how President Trump’s economic and jobs plans could look: 1) Trying to Bring Back Offshored Jobs to the US I’ve written before about the difficulty of onshoring… Read more →

7 Ways Entrepreneurs Drive Economic Development

Why do entrepreneurship and innovation fuel economic growth? On the surface, the answer seems intuitive: entrepreneurs create businesses and new businesses create jobs, strengthen market competition and increase productivity. Here in the United States, entrepreneurism is part of our American identity and self-image. It’s non-partisan, too; both sides of the political spectrum celebrate entrepreneurial small business as a fount of… Read more →

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Will India Ever Surpass China In Emerging Markets?

China and India, two of the world’s oldest civilizations, are also two of the fastest growing. Until the year 1000 AD, China and India accounted for a quarter and a third, respectively, of all economic activity in the world. By the time the Industrial Revolution took hold in the late 19th century, however, both India and China had lost the economic… Read more →

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The Halvening is Upon Us!

The media is awash in discussions of bitcoin as the cryptocurrency increasingly is seen alongside gold, the dollar and the yen as stores of value in times of uncertainty. Brexit has increased the concern just at the time that there is going to be a fundamental change in how bitcoins are generated. Known as the halving, or slightly more fun,… Read more →

Current Reads on Bitcoin and the Blockchain

There are a lot of press articles and books out recently on distributed ledger technology. Two of the most promising were just published earlier in May. Take a read and let me know what you think: The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and… Read more →