Trump Administration Labels China a “Currency Manipulator”: What’s behind the accusation, and who’s right?

© 2019 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School At 5 o’clock in the morning on August 5, 2019, unable to sleep, Trump tweeted about China—not for the first time accusing it of being a “currency manipulator,”[1] and describing this as a “major violation.” (See Figure 1 below.) Treasury Secretary Mnuchin followed with an official announcement … Continue reading Trump Administration Labels China a “Currency Manipulator”: What’s behind the accusation, and who’s right?

Advantages and Drawbacks of Undervalued Versus Overvalued Currencies

© 2019 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers University UPDATE: See the August 11, 2019 post: Trump Administration Labels China a “Currency Manipulator”: What’s behind the accusation, and who’s right? Also See the Companion Post:  Is the Indian Rupee Undervalued or Overvalued? What Purchasing Power Parity Theory Tells Us Currencies can be undervalued (very devalued) for natural reasons, … Continue reading Advantages and Drawbacks of Undervalued Versus Overvalued Currencies

What Is “Dumping”?

Supposedly, dumping is the practice of a foreign company “selling below cost”—but in almost all cases, the dumping company is not losing money. © 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School (Also see my April 13, 2018 post,TEN QUICK FACTS ABOUT US TRADE: Deficits, Dumping, and Discords, in which I introduced the topic of dumping … Continue reading What Is “Dumping”?

Does China Systematically Force US Companies to Reveal Their Secrets?

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School Among the commercial issues in contention between the US government and China today, the transfer of technology is increasingly an agenda item brought up by the American side. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on September 27, 2018, a Beijing policymaker summarized the Chinese … Continue reading Does China Systematically Force US Companies to Reveal Their Secrets?

Tax Avoidance by Multinational Companies: Methods, Policies, and Ethics (Updated)

© 2018, Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School An earlier version of this article was published on this site on May 5, 2016, and also in AIB Insights, Vol. 16, No. 2 (2016). Recommended Citation:  Contractor, Farok J. Tax avoidance by multinational companies: methods, policies, and ethics. Rutgers Business Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 27–43 (2016). Also see … Continue reading Tax Avoidance by Multinational Companies: Methods, Policies, and Ethics (Updated)

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

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