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Recent posts include insights from a student who worked on the Tuck India Business Conference, an update about Tuck's international spring break activities, a Global Business Perspectives video about doing business in the Arab Gulf States, and an Indian classical music concert on the Tuck campus.

January 2011

WHAT MAKES EXPORTERS TICK?

CIB Faculty Director and Tuck Professor Andrew Bernard says big, productive exporters—not entrepreneurs—hold the key to U.S. export growth.

October 21, 2010

NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO

NHPR's daily news and public affairs call-in show explored the trade imbalance with China. CIB Director Andrew Bernard, the Jack Byrne Professor of International Economics, participated in the conversation.

June 15, 2010

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Rather than setting pay levels, the government should require banks and other critical financial institutions to withhold a share of each senior manager’s total pay for several years, a group of leading economists is urging in a new book. The money would be forfeited if the company went bankrupt or had to be bailed out. The pay proposal is one of the main suggestions in “The Squam Lake Report,” to be released on Wednesday by Princeton University Press. In a sign of the seriousness with which the recommendations are being examined, the Federal Reserve chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, will help introduce the book at a conference at Columbia University.

April 28, 2010
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
President Barak Obama's goal of doubling U.S. exports over the next five years will be difficult to meet, business leaders and economist say, because of the lack of momentum on demolishing trade barriers and the shift by more American companies toward producing overseas. Professor Matthew Slaughter says the majority of U.S. exports come from multinational firms and U.S. affiliates of foreign firms that tend to produce capital-intensive, high-value products. That could limit the employment gains from an export boom.

April 20, 2010
NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO
Professor Matthew Slaughter discusses the mixed messages the economy is sending on The Exchange, the local call-in radio show. The stock market is showing renewed strength, but foreclosures, credit card defaults, and bankruptcies are up. Slaughter says there are some positive signs in the economy right now, but one area that needs a lot of time for recovery is the U.S. labor market.

March 24, 2010
REUTERS (UK)
The article "U.S. companies suddenly shy over China yuan squabble" explores what could happen when the U.S. issues a report next month labeling China as a "currency manipulator." Were the U.S. to impose penalty tariffs on Chinese imports—a new bill the Senate is weighing—Beijing would have many possible responses. One of which is to target its purchases of American-made capital equipment, suggests Professor Andrew Bernard.

March 24, 2010
MARKETPLACE
Dean Matthew Slaughter's new study with the Business Roundtable suggests that companies doing business overseas might not cost us jobs at home like many people claim. Using data from the Commerce Department, Slaughter explored what happens in the U.S. when companies expand their reach overseas. "On average, when companies are hiring more people in foreign markets, when they're undertaking more capital investment in their foreign affiliates, they tend to do more hiring and more capital investment back in the U.S. as well," he finds.

March 11, 2010
THE ECONOMIST (UK)
President Obama recently announced plans to double exports over the next five years. This has caused many to question whether the increased exports will help the U.S.'s suffering economy. Getting small firms to export more won't help the economy much in the near term, Dean Matthew Slaughter suggests. The big firms that export most of America's goods don't need promotion, they need better access.

February 22, 2010
NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO
Dean Matthew Slaughter discusses the president's recent plan to double U.S. exports in five years on The Exchange, a call-in radio show. Slaughter posits that the president's goal is achievable, but it is going to be hard. "One way policy could help is to liberalize not just trades and goods but trades and services as well. One of the little known facts is that last year the United States ran a trade surplus in services," he states.