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Economist Edward Leamer Says to Read the Message in the Model

May 18, 2015—Economics should concern itself with questions of public policy, and the usefulness of economic models determines their value, said economist and author Edward E. Leamer. What makes an economist great, he told an audience at Nathan Associates, is the ability to pick the right model for...

Nathan Advised Plaintiffs on Impax Securities Case Nearing Final Settlement

May 11, 2015—A class action lawsuit for which Nathan Associates analyzed potential damages to shareholders in the drugmaker Impax Laboratories Inc. is headed for final settlement next month. Attorneys for the shareholder plaintiffs filed a motion last week seeking final approval of the $8 million...

Nathan Initiative Puts Focus on Women as Economic Force

April 21, 2015—Nathan Associates has long incorporated women’s empowerment in the firm’s economic policy work, taking innovative and creative approaches to gender issues. Because of our expertise and our commitment to inclusion, we have assembled a team of specialists in gender integration and...

Foreign Policy Argument Will Prevail in Trade Debate, Bergsten Says

April 8, 2015—The Obama administration is pursuing six trade agreements, “the most ambitious set of negotiations in the country’s history,” while facing probably the toughest sell ever at home for any deals that result, trade policy analyst C. Fred Bergsten told economists and other analysts at...

Susan B. Chodakewitz of Tetra Tech to Become Our Next CEO

April 2, 2015—Susan B. Chodakewitz, an accomplished and dynamic leader in business and government services, will become the next chief executive officer of Nathan Associates Inc., guiding the premier economics consulting firm through a new phase of accelerating growth. She will succeed Lakhbir...

Women’s Economic Empowerment—Anything wrong with this picture?

By Louise WilliamsAmes Room. By Ian Stannard on Flickr. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/This decade has seen a veritable revolution in public policy to strengthen women’s economic participation. That revolution is due in part to data that reveal severe disparity in how men and women...

Economic Growth Starts Here

By Caroline KaufmanA female worker painting the fuselage roundel on a Mosquito aircraft at de Havilland's factory at Hatfield in Hertfordshire, 1943. Source: Wikimedia Commons. March 18, 2015--In theory, it’s simple: you want robust economic growth? Start by using your full labor force. This is...

Austerity Policies Come to a Head with Grexit Risk, Blyth Says

March 17, 2015—If a poll published last week by the German broadcaster ZDF gives any indication, just more than half of Germans no longer want Greece to be part of the 19-country eurozone. This is up from a month earlier and reflects a sentiment, as Bloomberg News reported, that the debtor Greeks...

The Spiritual Economist

By Pooja PokhrelMarch 16, 2015--We economists who work in development know that our task is more an art than a science. We know that our work requires more flexibility and judgment than rigor and rules. We know that life is not a laboratory. Yet, we insist on treating economics as a science in...

Solving the water problem is not quixotic, just difficult

By John BeyerMarch 12, 2015--Water is essential to human life and it is the world’s scarcest resource, even though at certain times and in certain places it is the most abundant. Supply and demand are rarely, if ever, in balance. To achieve balance should we be like Don Quixote and joust, filled...

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