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Does Just One Product – the iPhone – Cause an $11 Billion Trade Deficit for the US?

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School   Trade Statistics Alone Can Frighten and Mislead In my July 11, 2018 blog post, The US-China Trade Spat: How the Public, Media, and Politicians Can Be Deceived by Data, I described how taking data and statistics out of the context of the larger picture can be not only … Continue reading Does Just One Product – the iPhone – Cause an $11 Billion Trade Deficit for the US?

The US-China Trade Spat: How the Public, Media, and Politicians Can Be Deceived by Data

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School   Trade Statistics Can Be Less Than Half the China Story Looking at trade statistics alone is misleading because they lack overall context. The $337 billion US deficit with China in 2017 sounds scary. But a review of other economic factors provides insight into the larger picture. 1. … Continue reading The US-China Trade Spat: How the Public, Media, and Politicians Can Be Deceived by Data

The US-China Trade Spat: My Interview with Xinhua – June 18, 2018

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School Xinhua, China’s leading official news agency, conducted a 30-minute interview with me on June 18, 2018. The video clips and articles are available at the links below. Links to Xinhua Videos (English) ‒ June 18, 2018: These brief clips show only a fraction of my 30-minute interview … Continue reading The US-China Trade Spat: My Interview with Xinhua – June 18, 2018

The “Star-Spangled Banner” and an Early Example of Outsourcing: The American National Anthem Was Composed on a Ship Built in India

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School Click photos to see larger images at the source sites. The featured image of the Stars and Stripes above is courtesy of the Smithsonian. On two holidays in the US—Flag Day and Independence Day[1]—patriotic Americans will climb to the second floor of a nondescript building on the Mall … Continue reading The “Star-Spangled Banner” and an Early Example of Outsourcing: The American National Anthem Was Composed on a Ship Built in India

WWMS? (What Would Milton Say?)

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School The current debate about trade with China sparked by the Trump administration is uncannily reminiscent of the 1970s, when Japanese companies were deemed a threat to the United States. Phrases such as “Japanese invasion” were used by frightened journalists and fear-mongering politicians. The threat from Japanese imports … Continue reading WWMS? (What Would Milton Say?)

TEN QUICK FACTS ABOUT US TRADE: Deficits, Dumping, and Discords

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School Acting on his campaign rhetoric that China is “raping our country,”[1] Don Trump recently announced a 25 percent tariff on steel, 10 percent on aluminum, 30 percent on solar panels, and 20–50 percent on washing machines—products he alleged are being “dumped” by the Chinese[2]—and threatened a “trade … Continue reading TEN QUICK FACTS ABOUT US TRADE: Deficits, Dumping, and Discords

Lifetime Achievement Award PLUS 10,000 Publication Citations

Indian Academy of Management 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award On December 19, 2017, Professor Vasanthi Srinivasan of the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and president of the Indian Academy of Management (INDAM), presented Farok Contractor, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University Business School, with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a dinner ceremony during INDAM’s 5th Biennial Conference December 18–20, 2017 … Continue reading Lifetime Achievement Award PLUS 10,000 Publication Citations

India Jumps 30 Places Higher in World Bank Rankings: Update on “Thousands of Hindu Gods – Made in China”

© 2017, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School This is an update to my September 7, 2017 post, in which I described seven reasons why India’s manufacturing competitiveness still lags behind China’s — but also how the Modi government is taking steps to alleviate the bottlenecks. (See reader comments in the original post.) Click for PDF of … Continue reading India Jumps 30 Places Higher in World Bank Rankings: Update on “Thousands of Hindu Gods – Made in China”

Xinhua Interviews Farok Contractor about China’s Economic Growth: October 10, 2017

In the past five years there’s been a lot of significant achievements, such as the inclusion of the RMB (or the yuan) in the IMF SDR basket, which is putting China on the path to becoming a recognized internationally tradable currency. Interview: China could sustain 6 pct growth rate in medium term: U.S. expert Source: … Continue reading Xinhua Interviews Farok Contractor about China’s Economic Growth: October 10, 2017

Thousands of Hindu Gods – Made in China: Seven Bottlenecks to Indian Manufacturing

NOTE: THIS POST WAS UPDATED ON NOVEMBER 13, 2017. A version of the original post also appeared as an article on YaleGlobal Online October 24, 2017 as  Made in China: Millions of Hindu Gods. An embarrassing tale about India’s manufacturing competitiveness. But there is hope. © 2017, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School Images of Deities … Continue reading Thousands of Hindu Gods – Made in China: Seven Bottlenecks to Indian Manufacturing