Krzysztof Bledowski, Ph.D. | 12/17/2012 | Comments (0)
“Transatlantic free trade” is back on the agenda. The EU recently sent out feelers about being ready to open up serious negotiations on a free trade agreement with the United States. Previous attempts in 1995 and then in 2007 fizzled out early. So why is the EU putting a failed idea back on the table? There are some plausible explanations. For one, many in Europe worry about the U.S. “pivoting” across the Pacific and away from the Atlantic when...
Categories: U.S. Manufacturing
Daniel J. Meckstroth, Ph.D. | 11/26/2012 | Comments (0)
The November 16 BLS release for Business Employment Dynamics sadly estimates that the number of manufacturing plants continues to decline. In the first quarter of 2012, 2.6 percent of manufacturing plants opened (8,000 plants) and 3.3 percent of manufacturing plants closed (10,000 plants).
Rae Ann S. Johnson | 09/21/2012 | Comments (0)
Recently the SEC published its final rules regarding so-called "conflict minerals." These are minerals mined in Central Africa, the sales of which are going to support armed conflict in that region. Under the Dodd-Frank Act, companies are now required to examine their products and supply chains and report to the SEC on their use (or not) of 4 specific minerals (or, more precisely, their derivatives). In general, every public company that...
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