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”

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

Globalization Continues – And Multinationals Play by Rules Set by Other Nations (Despite What Trump Says)

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School  Globalization is driven by two inexorable logical constructs: (1) Multinational companies go and sell where enough customers are located, serving foreign markets by whatever means possible. And: (2) Multinational companies produce (or outsource) wherever it is rational or cheap to do so following the rules of various countries … Continue reading Globalization Continues – And Multinationals Play by Rules Set by Other Nations (Despite What Trump Says)

What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? An Estimate of Jobs and Money Involved in the Bilateral Economic Tie

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School NOTES ABOUT THIS POST:  •  This is an updated version of my January 15, 2017 post.  •  A version of this post was also published by Rutgers Business Review.  Recommended Citation: Contractor, Farok J. What is at stake in China-US relations? an estimate of jobs and money involved in the … Continue reading What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? An Estimate of Jobs and Money Involved in the Bilateral Economic Tie

What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? Job and Money Calculations Under Various (Trumpian) Scenarios

© 2017 Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers Business School This post was updated on March 10, 2017 as What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? An Estimate of Jobs and Money Involved in the Bilateral Economic Tie—click to be automatically redirected. A shorter version was published as an article on YaleGlobal Online February 28, 2017, as  Disrupting US-China Relations Will Incur … Continue reading What’s at Stake in China-US Relations? Job and Money Calculations Under Various (Trumpian) Scenarios

Whither the Chinese Yuan? Is the RMB Still Undervalued?

© 2014 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers University Introduction to my May 8, 2014 YaleGlobal Online article: “Renminbi Undervalued? Think Again” The exchange rate between the US dollar and the Chinese Renminbi Yuan (RMB) is of crucial importance to both the American and Chinese economies since the bilateral trade between the two nations (imports plus exports) is nearing … Continue reading Whither the Chinese Yuan? Is the RMB Still Undervalued?

The US – One of the World’s Most Competitive Manufacturing Locations?

© 2014 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers University In 2012, I was one of the observers who indicated that American manufacturing productivity was, by far, the best in the world. (See my August 7, 2012 Yale Global Online article “7 Reasons to Expect US Manufacturing Resurgence,” which provided figures from the International Monetary Fund and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.) In … Continue reading The US – One of the World’s Most Competitive Manufacturing Locations?

Multinationals Based in Emerging Markets: The Sources of Their Competitive Advantage

© 2014 Prof. Farok J. Contractor, Rutgers University When a company goes abroad, it faces the extra hurdle of unfamiliarity with the local market, its culture, its regulations, and its institutions. Sometimes, the national origin of the firm is looked down on. An example is the skepticism and mild hostility toward Chinese products in some … Continue reading Multinationals Based in Emerging Markets: The Sources of Their Competitive Advantage