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China’s Data Fog

China recently released its January trade data, showing export growth of 10.6% and performing way above predictions – if you believe the numbers.  Many don’t….

Innovation from 9 to 5: China’s Economic Test

China is investing more in R&D than the European Union, according to soon-to-be-released data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  This milestone…

Big Data: An Emerging Frontier for Innovation and Policy

Michael Mandel participated in a recent OECD conference in Paris, France, Growth, Innovation And Competitiveness: Maximizing The Benefits Of Knowledge-Based Capital.  Mandel joined Matteo Pacca…

WTO Filing a Step Toward Enhancing Competitiveness

Are U.S. manufacturing jobs gone for good? Many so-called experts have mocked the Obama Administration’s latest trade action against China as being fundamentally useless, the…

Mitt Romney’s Vapid Foreign Policy

PPI’s Will Marshall detailed Mitt Romney’s recent adventure in the world of foreign policy over at The American Interest.  Romney was able to stumble his…

Help Wanted: ‘Chief U.S. Investment Officer’

Most people didn’t notice that Commerce Secretary Bryson resigned late last month. And why would they? The Commerce Department has long been one of the more…

Stop the Uncertainty Surrounding Ex-Im Bank

Late yesterday marked a formal end to the two-year debate on whether the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), the U.S. export credit agency, deserves to live to…

Where Americans Can Cut Back

Where can Americans cut back if the economy slips back into recession again? After all the talk about the “new frugality” and the deepest recession…

Gas vs. Gasoline

America has a serious oil deficit. We consume almost three times as much oil as we produce. As a result, we send more than $250…

Real Trade Deficits in Capital and Consumer Goods Near New (Negative) Record

Many economists are racing to declare a ‘manufacturing revival.’ The latest to join the bandwagon is Paul Krugman. In his latest column, Krugman writes (my…