When you push an opponent, he tends to push back.
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Trump launched his trade war to save American manufacturing. An economist explains why it hasn’t worked out as planned.
Europe remains by far the leader in the global trade of pharmaceuticals.
The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare Europe’s vulnerability to drug-supply disruption. Still, it remains by far the world leader in pharmaceutical products.
Flour has been in short supply in recent weeks.
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Modern supply chains have become increasingly efficient, but as a result are more susceptible to disruptions like the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Reshore, offshore or multishore?
After being a model for offshoring, the fashion industry is becoming a model for “omni-shoring”, rather than reshoring to ensure its innovative capacity.
Where are all the people in this factory?
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The Industrial Revolution led to centuries of social and economic upheaval. Are economists telling us not to worry about workplace automation because things will be better in a couple hundred years?
Heavy gray smog blankets northeastern China, including Beijing and Tianjin, on Dec. 18, 2016 during a five-day air pollution ‘red alert.’
NASA Earth Observatory
New research shows that importing goods from low-wage countries has helped US manufacturers shift production to less-polluting industries, produce less waste and spend less on pollution control.
Focusing on the jobs we lost may not be the best way to do this.
Instead of trying to bring back the old economy jobs that have been lost, the U.S. should focus on training Americans in the new skills that will be needed in tomorrow’s economy.
The wealth parade.
Today’s classes were born out of the machine age. They are not fit for purpose in 21st century Britain.
All three leading GOP candidates have plans to change the H-1B visa program, though in different ways.
The H-1B visa, created in 1990 to bring in specialized foreign workers, is in desperate need of reform. Where do the candidates stand?
India and the Philippines want to be known for more than their global call centres.
When Qantas wished to outsource some of its engineering operations in the 1990s it came to a compromise with the unions - the 767s would be done in-house, and the 747s outsourced. Decades on, clashes between…
New horizons for offshore oil and gas development.
The offshore energy industry is a market sector that must remain innovative to stay competitive to secure Australia’s energy future. Latest statistics show Australia’s total petroleum output has an annual…
Thumbs up if you want a fair tax system.
Jonathan Porter / Oxfam
When the leaders of the world’s most powerful economies gather in Northern Ireland on Monday, one issue will overshadow all others: tax. For years the matter of how global corporations engage with offshore…
Offshored call centres can often produce superior service to domestic ones. But companies already doing this badly should beware thinking that moving it overseas will solve their problems.
We have all had at least one bad experience with dialing through to an Australian firm’s call centre. A long wait. Finally an operator. Answering lots of questions the firm already has in their database…