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If Data is the New Bacon, We Need More Bacon

By Louise Williams“Data is the new bacon?” Please. Data has been the bacon of economic development since the IFC plopped Doing Business, that irresistible basket of business-climate scores and rankings, on everyone’s desks in 2002. “What gets measured gets done,” said the bearers of the fresh...

Northeast Casino Arms Race Taking Toll on Connecticut Indian Gaming

2015 NORTHEASTERN CASINO GAMING UPDate Released March 6, 2015—Indian gaming in Connecticut has borne the brunt of gaming expansion in the Northeast in recent years, says Dr. Clyde Barrow, author of the 11th edition of the Northeastern Casino Gaming Update and Academic Affiliate of Nathan...

Tufts Students Visit Nathan for Insight into Applied Economics

February 28, 2015—Graduate students from Tufts University escaped the giant snow mounds of greater Boston to gain first-hand insight into what it means to work in applied economics and consulting. The international group from the university’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, on a two-day trip...

Economists Should Stop Apologizing and Take a Bow, Litan Says

February 19, 2015—Do you like to shop online and buy cheap gasoline? If so, you might want to save some of your gratitude for economists. That’s the message from Robert E. Litan, arguing that his profession has contributed to business and technological innovations in recent decades. Litan made his...

Sunil Sinha, a Leader in Private Sector Development (1954–2015)

February 18, 2015--Sunil Sinha, the Managing Director of Nathan Associates London, a thought leader and a prominent advocate of private sector development as a key pillar for the reduction of poverty, died suddenly on February 6. Sunil, who was born in India, studied Economics at the London School...

Markets Could Benefit from More Detail on Short-Selling, Christophe Says

January 16, 2015—Reporting of so-called short trades, investments that reward sellers when a share price falls, could be enhanced in the United States without invading investor privacy, said finance professor Stephen E. Christophe, a consultant for Nathan Associates. The economy would benefit from...

Canada, Analysis of Wholesale Broadband Pricing, 2013–2014

A major Canadian telecommunications company received assistance from Nathan Associates with submissions to the Canadian Radio-television and Communications Commission’s review of wholesale telecommunications policy. Nathan Associates analyzed international practice in regulating wholesale broadband...

Nathan the Disrupter

What do GDP and free agency in major league sports have in common? Both rank among the 85 most “disruptive ideas” since 1929, according to Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. Also, Robert R. Nathan played a role in both. GDP Nathan, the founder of Nathan Associates, worked for his former professor...

Baker Urges Caution in Allowing R&D Defense Argument

December 5, 2014—Antitrust specialist Jonathan B. Baker cautioned against accepting arguments that protecting monopolistic behavior can be good for innovation, and he described a fresh approach to testing those arguments. Baker, a former U.S. regulator and now professor at American University’s...

Dani Rodrik Emphasizes Craft in Economics

November 21, 2014—Economists must heed their craft as well as science if they want to solve real-world problems, the noted development and globalization economist Dani Rodrick said. And by craftsmanship he means mastery of an “inventory” of models and applying the right model in specific contexts...

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