Most of the growing number of jobs in the solar industry have more to do with maintaining and installing panels than manufacturing them.
The Trump administration can boost domestic solar panel manufacturing without slapping duties on all imports.
Lord Macartney’s first meeting with the Qianlong emperor in 1793.
"A study of History", Arnold Toynbee
What can we learn from the 19th-century Qing dynasty?
Manufacturing still receives 80% of net government assistance, largely due to the remaining small levels of tariff assistance, plus some budget measures.
Under current government policy we are penalising the sector of the economy where there is the largest proportion of existing employment and the best prospects for future growth.
May's government is evoking arguments made by the early 20th-century tariff reform campaign of Joseph Chamberlain.
Sparks fly: workers produce steel at a small plant in Shenyang, northeast China.
Politicians in Europe, the US and the UK have blamed steel industry woes on artificially cheap imports.
Will Trump’s America lose out on the next big thing in business?
Mexico and Canada are about to turn medical cannabis into North America's most lucrative new market.
During the US presidential election campaign, Donald Trump blamed NAFTA for US job losses.
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There's ample space to renegotiate some terms from the original agreement that would improve social welfare across the region.
Jeremy Corbyn must work within the new reality.
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Labour must develop its pro-social and pro-working class agenda for an electorate that has been failed by globalisation and EU integration.
US President Donald Trump argues manufacturing jobs are being lost to imports and multilateral trade agreements.
A border adjustment tax would raise government revenue and boost jobs in export-driven industries, which tend to concentrate in the embattled manufacturing sector.
America first, but at what cost?
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Trump's 'America first' rhetoric implies that the internationalism and ‘enlightened self-interest’ that built the postwar order was a big mistake. The evidence and basic economics disagree.
The Trump administration may prove to be a turning point for US-Australian relations.
Policymakers need to think outside the narrow confines of what has been regarded as “America first" policy postures that have dictated Australia’s foreign policy choices.
Donald Trump celebrates after delivering his inaugural speech.
The new president's inaugural speech emphasised protectionism, co-operation and, most emphatically, putting America first.
President Trump could withdraw from environmental treaties, but trade protectionism could be an opportunity for reform.
While Trump’s more extreme campaign promises may not eventuate, substantive changes in how the US engages with the world on environmental, and many other, issues are likely.
The new head of the Business Council of Australia, Grant King, needs to change his tune to remain relevant.
The new president of the Business Council of Australia Grant King will need to change his message on company tax and other issues to really remain relevant.
The Modi government is getting rid of RS500 and RS1,000 notes to try and combat the black market and corruption.
Business Briefing: Former chief World Bank economist on inequality and doing away with big money
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A former chief economist to the World Bank and economic adviser to the Indian government says doing away with big currency notes is a noble idea but an ineffective tool.
Trump must know low-tech manufacturing jobs are not coming back to America.
Many of the US’s current and mooted free trade negotiations are now dead in the water, but that doesn't mean it's game over for free trade.
Those who are most likely to be interested in protectionism and curbing immigration are not necessarily the ones who are most vulnerable economically.
How can we explain that wealth is associated with protectionism and support for populist leaders?
Malcolm Turnbull’s plan for small business: you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
Some policies split the traditional supporters of the Coalition, while others will put the government at odds with key Senate cross benchers.
Protectionism is popular again.
First clue: inequality.
Is it too soon to dig the TPP’s grave?
We've been examining the ins and outs of TPP and the rise of the anti-trade right for months. Here's a roundup of some of our coverage.