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Indian Gaming Gaining Momentum

2017 Edition of Indian Gaming Industry Report ReleasedApril 11, 2017—In the latest edition of the Indian Gaming Industry Report, Nathan Associates’ Principal Economist Dr. Alan Meister finds that U.S. Indian gaming experienced strong growth on a nationwide basis in calendar year 2015 (5.5%), more...

Meister to Present at 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention

April 6, 2017—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates and a leader in the economic analysis of Indian gaming, will be presenting in San Diego at the 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, the longest-running gaming trade show and the country’s largest gathering of...

Nathan Associates India Analyzes Scope and Potential of the Indian Fintech Market

February 13, 2017—Nathan’s India office recently analyzed the financial technology sector in India for the British High Commission in New Delhi. Financial technology, called fintech, is relatively new in India but has already attracted an investment of over $2.5 billion.The report examines the...

Nathan’s Hayek Explores Gauging Infringement Damages after Samsung v. Apple

January 19, 2017–Marianne Ley Hayek, a managing economist at Nathan Associates, says an array of economic tools exists to calculate damages when patents for product components are infringed. Litigators may need such analysis more often after the U.S. Supreme Court’s December 6, 2016, ruling in...

Nathan Study Shows Path to STEM Participation by APEC Women

November 18, 2016—A Nathan Associates study proposes a detailed framework and recommendations for strengthening educational opportunities for girls and young women in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) and expanding opportunities for women as workers, entrepreneurs and leaders in STEM...

Kleit Makes Case in Journal for Deregulated Electricity

November 15, 2016—Nathan Associates affiliate Andrew Kleit, Professor of Energy and Environmental Economics at Pennsylvania State University, argues in the Wall Street Journal for more deregulation of electricity markets.Greater competition through deregulation will bring about lower costs for...

Indian Women's Work Environments Vary Widely by State

September 28, 2106—An index gauging the environment for working women in India gives Sikkim the top ranking and Delhi the lowest among states and Union Territories.The index, compiled by Nathan Associates Inc. and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington, D.C., research...

Nathan Associates Named by Casino Journal as Consultancy to Watch

September 12, 2016—The magazine Casino Journal has listed Nathan Associates among the gaming industry's top consulting firms. The list appears in the magazine's September issue, published in advance of G2E, the largest gaming tradeshow and conference in the world.“We are honored to be recognized by...

Haiti Website Eases Trade

August 8, 2016—Trade with Haiti has become much simpler and more efficient because of a new government website.The Haiti Trade Information Portal, developed with assistance from Nathan Associates, provides a single access point for up-to-date trade, economic, and regulatory information helpful to...

Myanmar Economic Scholar Gains Experience, Perspective with Nathan Fellowship

August 3, 2016—Aung Myint Myat returns this month to Burma (Myanmar) with an added perspective on regional economic integration, trade, and investment in Southeast Asia, and first-hand experience in development economics.Aung, who received a master's degree in economics from the Yangon Institute of...

India Index Examines State Progress in Economic Reforms

July 20, 2106—The Wadhwani/Nathan Breakthrough Index, compiled by Nathan Associates and the Center for Strategic & International Studies, made its debut with a ranking of industrial land policy in India's 29 states.The southeastern coastal state of Andhra Pradesh scored the highest, with 19.24...

Meister Co-Authors Groundbreaking Article on Market Saturation in U.S. Casino Gaming Industry

June 23, 2016—Nathan Associates Principal Economist Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., and academic affiliates Clyde W. Barrow, Ph.D., and David R. Borges published a groundbreaking article in which they conduct a systematic empirical analysis of market saturation in the U.S. casino gaming industry.The...

Report Examines Authorized Economic Operator Programs in APEC Region

June 15, 2016—A report by Nathan Associates provides new insights into the state of Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs among member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum.The report, Study of APEC Best Practices in Authorized Economic Operator Programs, surveys...

Nathan Associates Leads Discussion on Sustainable Development Goals and Poverty Reduction at SID Conference

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) approved in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly could lead to significant poverty reduction, according to a panel of experts moderated by Nathan Associates’ Mike Blakeley. The panel was held May 23 at the annual conference of the Society for...

Global Semiconductor Value Chain Benefits All, Report Finds

May 12, 2016—A report drafted by Nathan Associates concludes that the rapid pace of innovation in the semiconductor industry—benefiting companies, consumers, and countries alike—can be tied to participation in the global value chain.The report, Beyond Borders: How an Interconnected Industry...

Meister Presents at Southern Gaming Summit

May 12, 2016—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates, recently presented at the 2016 Southern Gaming Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi. The conference brought together gaming industry leaders from across the country for education and networking.Dr. Meister joined with Jonodev...

New: A Balancing Act—Cost-Benefit Analysis of Reforming India’s Legal Services Market

May 6, 2016—The economic benefits of reforming India's legal services market outweigh the costs, Nathan Associates analysts concluded in a report for the British High Commission. "Most regulations including restrictions on the advertisement of legal services, organizational forms that are...

New: SME Financing—How to Topic Guide

May 5, 2016—The newly published SME Financing—How to Topic Guide focuses on the financial instruments available to help bridge the financing gap for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), reviewing existing financing programs and their impacts and drawing out lessons learned. The guideexplores...

Industrial Game Over: Can Low-Income Countries Grow through Services Rather than Industry?

In a global economy with fewer opportunities to industrialize, low-income countries will need to embed the service sector in their vision for inclusive growth. Marco Antonielli, a consultant at Nathan Associates in London, explores the challenges that low-income countries face to industrialize and...

Botswana Boosts Trade Capabilities with Dedicated, Multipurpose Website

May 2—The Botswana Trade Portal has been successfully completed and is now the primary source of information on trading across Botswana’s borders. The portal will contribute to improving the transparency and accountability of transactions, and efficiency of trade.A trade portal is a comprehensive,...

Nathan Analysis Notes Rise of Alleged Investor Losses in Securities Fraud Lawsuits

April 29, 2016—Nathan Associates Inc. today released its latest Rule 10b-5 Assessment Report. Since the U.S. Supreme Court's June 2014 decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc., Nathan Associates has been tracking financial and economic data on securities class action cases alleging...

Meister Publishes in Two Gaming Law Publications

April 27, 2016—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates, recently published articles in two gaming law publications. In the inaugural issue of Indian Gaming Lawyer (Spring 2016), Dr. Meister’s article, "The Economic Evolution of Indian Gaming," examines the remarkable...

Meister Presents at International Masters of Gaming Law Conference

April 27—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates, presented on the economic state of Indian gaming at the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) Spring 2016 conference in San Francisco.The conference brought together gaming law and regulation experts from around the...

State Department Officer Polishes Economics Skills at Nathan

April 14—Foreign Service Officer Matt Yarrington is taking a break between diplomatic postings to hone his economic skills, assisting Nathan Associates with Southeast Asia projects.Mr. Yarrington will spend five months of on-the-job training at the firm, having recently completed an intensive, 26-...

Meister Presents at Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference

April 14, 2016—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates, presented this week at Native Nation Events’ Ninth Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference, giving an economic update on Indian gaming in the United States.Gaming industry and hospitality...

Colombia Signs New Customs Decree Facilitating Trade

April 12, 2016—Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos in March signed a new Customs Decree that will facilitate trade processes and improve economic competitiveness.The decree strengthens protections against risky cargo while facilitating the clearance of items that do not represent risk,...

Southern African Trade Ministers Approve Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Program

April 11, 2016—A final version of the Southern African Development Community’s Comprehensive Trade Facilitation Program (CTFP) won approval last month by trade ministers of the community’s 15 member states.The program offers a blueprint for SADC’s member states to reduce regional trade barriers and...

Meister Participates in Two Sessions at 2016 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention

March 18, 2016—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates and a leader in the economics of Indian gaming, participated in two conference sessions this week at the 31st annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, the longest-running gaming trade show and the country’s...

Growth of Indian Gaming Parallels U.S. and State Economies

2016 Edition of Indian Gaming Industry Report ReleasedMarch 3, 2016—In the latest edition of the Indian Gaming Industry Report, Nathan Associates’ Principal Economist Dr. Alan Meister finds that on a nationwide basis the growth of Indian gaming paralleled that of U.S. and state economies in...

Jordan Customs Advances in Training, Public Service

March 1, 2016—Jordan’s Customs Agency has become a regional resource for training in the safe and efficient movement of goods as well as a leader in commitment to public service. The agency’s Regional Customs Training Center, accredited by the World Customs Organization, on November 10, 2015,...

Meister Speaks to General Managers of Native American Casinos

February 29, 2016—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates, presented at Native Nation Events’ Third Annual General Managers’ Exchange on the economic state of Indian gaming.The conference brought together general managers from tribally owned casinos for two days of...

Meister Speaks at ABA Conference on Gaming Law

February 29, 2016—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a principal economist at Nathan Associates and a leader in the economics of Indian gaming, joined a panel at the American Bar Association’s 20th Gaming Law Minefield conference. The conference addressed economic, legal, and regulatory issues confronting...

Mangum’s Competition Analysis Prevails in Patent Case

February 16, 2016—Economic analysis by Russell W. Mangum III, senior vice president at Nathan Associates, prevailed in a patent decision involving LED semiconductor lighting products.After ruling last month that Everlight Electronics Co. had infringed three patents held by plaintiff Nichia Corp., U...

PFM Specialist Darrell Freund Joins Nathan

Darrell FreundDecember 10, 2015—Darrell Freund, a specialist in building the competitiveness of developing countries, has joined Nathan Associates as managing director in charge of the firm’s Economic Policy and Governance unit. The addition will take the firm’s leadership in public financial...

International Financial System Is Still Evolving, Krueger Says

Anne O. KruegerOctober 23, 2015—The international financial system that took root after World War II still needs to grapple with issues such as the “ideal” exchange-rate regimes, the “sensible” use of capital controls, and the power of global institutions, the distinguished economist Anne O....

Economics Student Ei Ei Phyu of Burma (Myanmar) Visits Nathan Associates on Fellowship

Ei Ei PhyuOctober 7, 2015—Aspiring economist Ei Ei Phyu of Burma (Myanmar) will spend eight weeks in the Washington, D.C., area as a guest of Nathan Associates Inc., gaining exposure to the firm’s work in trade and development, infrastructure, and survey design and analysis.When not learning from...

US-ATAARI Project Highlighted at CSIS Conference on Asia

October 6, 2015—Work performed by Nathan Associates on the role of women in the economy and in addressing climate change received mention at a recent conference hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The conference, held September 22 in Washington, focused on how regional...

Women’s Economic Progress in the 20 Years Since Beijing Has Bright Spots, Shadows

September 30, 2015—Experts in gender, labor, and inclusive development gathered Tuesday at Nathan Associates to assess women’s economic progress in the 20 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was hammered out in 1995. Moderator Louise Williams, a Principal Associate in Nathan...

Meister Presents G2E Conference with State of Indian Gaming

September 30, 2015—Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a Principal Economist at Nathan Associates, participated in a panel on the "State of Indian Gaming" to help kick off the gaming industry's largest conference and tradeshow, Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2015, hosted in Las Vegas by the American Gaming...

APEC Female Entrepreneurs Connect Quickly through Website

September 23, 2015—A new website will give female entrepreneurs throughout the Asia Pacific region ready access to information, networks, and potential markets.The Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC initiative, or WE-APEC, last week officially introduced the website, which offers a searchable...

APEC Health Policies Guide Advances Women’s Economic Participation

September 22, 2015—A new guidebook offers policy choices for promoting women’s health as a way to advance economic growth in the Asia Pacific. The APEC Healthy Women, Healthy Economic Policy Toolkit, released last week in Manila, outlines five areas of concern for women’s health in APEC’s 21...

Air Cargo Price-Fixing Case Certified as Class Action

September 15, 2015—A Canadian judge has certified a class action alleging that Air Canada and other international airlines fixed the price of fuel surcharges for shipping cargo. Dr. Russell Lamb, Senior Vice President for Litigation at Nathan Associates and internationally recognized authority on...

Panama’s Puerto Armuelles Terminal to be Studied for Revitalization

September 3, 2015—Nathan Associates Inc. will study reactivating the terminal at Puerto Armuelles to spur economic growth in Panama’s western region and further boost Panama as a multimodal logistics center. The firm was formally retained this week by the Maritime Authority of Panama (AMP) through...

What the Data Say about Stock Price Impact in Cases Filed since Halliburton

September 1, 2015—The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. upheld the ability of investors to recover losses that result from public misstatements and misrepresentations by directors and officers of U.S.-listed companies. The ruling, however, also...

Denver International's Airport City, a PPP at Work

By Alejandro SchwedhelmAugust 31, 2015—In my last post, I described the role of public-private partnerships in the rise of airport cities. The airport city being developed around Denver International Airport, or DIA, is one of the most ambitious projects of its kind and exemplifies the value of...

Airport Cities Need Public-Private Partnerships

By Alejandro Schwedhelm August 20, 2015—Globalization and world travel have turned airports into magnets for economic growth. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) make it possible to fully realize that growth through a purposely organized, integrated urban environment known as an “airport city”[1]...

“¿Aló, Cuba?” A New Era for Telecoms in Cuba?

Aubrei Barton August 18, 2015--In February 2015, Netflix made a risky, but strategic, decision to expand into the country where few people have internet access.  Only 1 in 5 people in Cuba own mobile phones, and 1 in 200 have access to broadband. Potential for Telecom Expansion While most...

Nathan Associates Inc. Moves Headquarters

August 11, 2015—Nathan Associates has moved its home office to a prime location directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The firm now occupies the top two floors at 1777 North Kent Street, a renovated high-rise in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, about a mile from...

Jordan Builds Interest in Golden List Customs Program

August 6, 2015 — More Jordanian businesses have signed up for the government’s Golden List program, designed to ease the safe clearance of goods through customs, amid U.S.-aided efforts to show importers, exporters, warehouse operators, and others involved in trade the advantages of participating...

Nathan Associates Presents Data Framework for APEC Women in Transportation at White House

August 4, 2015—On July 28, Nathan’s CEO, Susan Chodakewitz, moderated an expert panel at the White House on the progress of women in the transport sectors of APEC members. Louise Williams, a principal associate of the firm, presented the data framework for measuring that progress. Expert Panel at...

Judgment Matters Over Models in Hedge Fund Investing, Metzger Says

July 16, 2015—Hedge funds present hazards for many and the highest rewards for a relatively small segment of investors, said Leon M. Metzger, an industry expert and former fund executive who teaches at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The fortunate investors find a manager...

Nathan Increases Myanmar Presence with Private Sector Development Work

July 7, 2015—Nathan Associates will implement a five-year program to increase broad-based economic opportunities in Burma (Myanmar) through more inclusive economic governance rules and processes and by increasing access to finance for businesses, individuals, and other emerging economic actors.The...

Antimonopoly Systems Aren’t Built in a Day, GWU’s Kovacic Says

June 30, 2015—Which nation took almost half a century to introduce a system of competition law? Answer: the United States (from 1890 to the late 1930s). If it took that long for the United States, imagine how much “experimentation, assessment, and refinement” is required to introduce such a system...

Retired CEO Singh Sees Focus on Quality as Key to Nathan’s Continued Growth

June 17, 2015—Lakhbir Singh, the just-retired chief executive officer of Nathan Associates, said “quality and attention to detail” will ensure that the 69-year-old firm passes the century mark. “This is a great company that will continue to grow and prosper,” he said yesterday at a reception...

Jordan Customs Regional Training Center Wins WCO Accreditation

June 16, 2015—The World Customs Organization (WCO) has accredited a Regional Training Center in Amman, Jordan, that will advance efforts to modernize and reform customs processes.The Jordan Customs Agency will now be able to conduct high-quality, in-house training for customs officers, partner...

How Hazard Maps Can Help You Get Your New iPhone on Time

By JANINE MANS June 9, 2015—Many goods we use daily are made of components produced along long, complex supply chains. Apple, for example, sources parts for its iPhones from more than 30 countries. These arrangements have many advantages but carry a large risk: an earthquake or other natural...

Egyptian Entrepreneurs Add to Exports, Skills, and Energy Savings

June 4, 2015—Egyptian entrepreneurs have broadened their trade contacts and stepped up exports through participation in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Trade Facilitation Project. Nathan Associates implemented the project, also known as TFP. “In less than two years, 57 companies...

Working Outside Home: No Easy Choice for Women in Developing World

By CAROLINE KAUFMAN June 2, 2015—The relationship between women and the labor force is filled with complexities and contradictions that are far too easily glossed over. For example, paid employment outside the home promotes women’s economic empowerment, but this same work can also decrease their...

Kiribati Completes Sale of Telecom Services Kiribati Ltd

June 1, 2015—The Kiribati government has sold Telecom Services Kiribati Ltd. (TSKL), the state-owned telecommunications monopoly, in a privatization move for which Nathan Associates Inc. advised the island nation. The government of the Republic of Kiribati completed the sale of TSKL to the Fijian...

ASEAN Women Take `GREAT’ Initiative to Enter Global Market

May 29, 2015—Women who lead small and medium enterprises in the ASEAN region will gain greater access to global markets through a marketing and branding initiative that officially began this week.The initiative, Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of Women (GREAT Women),...

Real Entrepreneurship, Made in Bhutan

By JONATHAN MARIANOMay 29, 2015—Bhu…What? Bhutan? Yes, not too many people know about this small Himalayan Kingdom let alone its emerging private sector. Admittedly, I only learned of Bhutan because of a geography quiz. After a quick Google search I was mesmerized. Bhutan seemed more like a...

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...

Lao PDR Businesses Weigh in on Trade Liberalization

 April 29, 2015–Policymakers and private sector representatives in Lao PDR recently gathered to discuss the findings of a survey of businesses’ views on the impact of trade liberalization. Two years ago, Lao joined the WTO and policymakers and development partners are eager to find ways to increase...

Gender Norms Can Change So Women Prosper in the Workforce

BY CAROLINE KAUFMANPhoto: Miami U. Libraries, Digital Collections [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsApril 28, 2015—In my last post—Economic Growth Starts Here--I described the work of George Washington University students just beginning to research women’s labor force participation in Malaysia...

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...

Nathan London Wins at British Expertise International Awards 2015

April 16, 2015—British Expertise International recognized Nathan London for its highly successful work on the Food Industry Challenge Fund (FRICH) on April 14 at London’s Royal Garden Hotel. Nathan London was represented by Ignacio Fiestas, Kerry Hamilton, Mark Thomas, and Meera Mehta (left to...

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...

Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Winning Bidder in TSKL Asset Sale

April 6, 2015—The government of the Republic of Kiribati has declared Amalgamated Telecom Holdings, owner of Vodafone Fiji, the winning bidder in the asset sale of Telecom Services Kiribati Limited. TSKL is the state-owned monopoly provider of telecom services in Kiribati. Nathan Associates, in...

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...

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...

Microfinance: Not Just for the Developing World

March 2, 2015—Sarah Livingstone, head of Nathan London’s financial sector development practice, typically works on projects to help the poor in places like Bangladesh and Uganda gain access to credit. She and other microfinance professionals recently looked homeward. “Whilst not on the scale of the...

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...

WCO’s Kunio Mikuriya Visits New Customs Training Center in Jordan

February 24, 2015—On February 19, Secretary General of the WCO, Kunio Mikuriya, attended the opening of a regional customs training center in Amman and met the Director General of Jordan Customs to explore future cooperation. The new center, which will accredited by the WCO, will train customs...

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...

Costa Rica Gains Pacific Grain Terminal With Nathan Support

February 13, 2015—The first seaport terminal in Costa Rica designed primarily for handling grain, a public works project supported by Nathan Associates Inc., officially opened yesterday with a ceremony attended by the country’s president, Louis Guillermo Solís. The terminal, at Puerto Caldera,...

Bangladeshi Microenterprises Gain Credit Access

February 9, 2015—The tiniest businesses in Bangladesh will have easier access to credit under a U.K.-AID funded program implemented by Nathan Associates London and the consultancy Oxford Policy Management. The program, Business Finance for the Poor in Bangladesh (BFP-B), “will push the boundaries...

Mobile Tech Will Improve Fishery and Aquaculture in Asia

January 26, 2015—Pelagic Data and P.T. Bali Seafood International were awarded first prize January 23 in a challenge competition sponsored by Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge Enterprise Development and Trade (MARKET), a project managed by Nathan Associates. The award was announced...

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...

Myanmar-U.S. Council Aims to Advance Digital Technology

December 30, 2014—Myanmar’s drive to advance national development through information and communications technology (ICT), an effort supported by Nathan Associates Inc., received a significant boost in December with formation of the U.S.-Myanmar Information Communications Technology Council. Cisco...

Malaysia as Chair of ASEAN: A Wish List for 2015

By James Wallar  Malaysia will assume the chair of ASEAN in 2015, the year the grouping has pledged to achieve the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Observers should not expect a “big bang” in November 2015 when ASEAN heads of state declare that their AEC goals have been achieved. Many of the...

India’s Startups Would Benefit from Partnership Structures, Reliable Energy

December 19, 2014—Small businesses in India would receive significant boost from restructuring and better access to energy sources other than fossil fuels and the power grid. The two recommendations are among several contained in a report that Nathan Economic Consulting India Private Ltd., a unit...

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...

Nathan’s Kent Advises on Mega Suez Project

November 19, 2014 — Nathan Associates’ Paul E. Kent has joined a World Bank team advising Egyptian authorities aiming to turn the Suez Canal area into a major trade and industrial hub. Kent, a globally recognized authority on logistics and infrastructure, is the only port specialist on the 16-...

Nathan’s Goans Updates Intellectual Property Guide

November 7, 2014—Judy Winegar Goans, an intellectual property specialist at Nathan Associates, has completed a new edition of Intellectual Property: Principles and Practice, an internationally focused guide to the intricacies of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets for businesses, legal...

India’s Competition Law and Enforcement More Rigorous and Consistent in 2014

November 5, 2014—India’s competition authority is maturing, according to Ram Tamara, Jincy Elizabeth Francis, and Nandita Jain. In The Handbook of Competition Economics 2015, a publication of the Global Competition Review, the three economists describe how decisions by the Competition Commission of...

Nathan Associates Wins Leadership in Public Financial Management Contract

October 31, 2014—Nathan Associates is gearing up to execute the four-year, $21 million Leadership in Public Financial Management II (LPFM II) project for USAID. Our development practitioners will channel their expertise in PFM, trade, macroeconomic analysis, and economic policy through a wide range...

Young Guests of Nathan Hope to Serve Myanmar

October 29, 2014 —Three young adults with a strong commitment to serving their native Myanmar are making the rounds of Washington, D.C., and observing work at Nathan Associates as recipients of fellowships from the Robert R. Nathan Memorial Foundation. The three—Wint War Lwin,  Zaw Yadanar Hein,...

Tyler Cowen Gives Well Above Average Talk at Nathan

October 24, 2014—Information technology and globalization have caused an “unbalanced growth model” with implications for advanced and developing economies alike, best-selling economist Tyler Cowen told Nathan employees. Cowen, a professor at George Mason University, gave his assessment while...

Plaintiffs Face a Higher Burden when Measuring Damages

October 7, 2014—Consumers and businesses that want to pursue money damages as part of a legal dispute face increasing obstacles to quantifying the extent of financial harm, say experts at Nathan Associates. This is especially true in class actions, said Russell L. Lamb, an expert witness and...

Martin Asher Joins Nathan Associates' Litigation Practice

October 2, 2014--Martin Asher, former director of undergraduate Research and Scholars Programs at Wharton, has joined Nathan Associates as a Principal Economist and expert witness. Dr. Asher will be supporting the firm’s work in commercial litigation, class certification, and damage analysis....

Foreign Aid Study Delves Behind Planners, Searchers

September 23, 2014—Do planners or searchers hold the key to improving the lot of the world’s poor? A new information resource can help answer this question.   What works for market development: A review of the evidence examines existing research on international development. The review, a “pre-...

Hydropower Plant in Ecuador Nears Completion

August 20, 2014--An environmentally friendly, small-scale hydropower station in southwestern Ecuador will be producing clean electricity as soon as 2015, says Rafael Enríquez, a Nathan Associates economist and engineer who is leading the group monitoring the project for lenders. The objective of...

Chaudhary, Tolle Join Nathan Board

August 14, 2014—Usha Chaudhary, chief financial officer and vice president at the Washington Post, and Wolfgang Tolle, a Northern Virginia technology entrepreneur and international business executive, have joined Nathan Associates Inc.’s board of directors. Ms. Chaudhary and Mr. Tolle were elected...

Colombia Customs Clearance Receives Nathan Support

August 15, 2014—Colombia will modernize its customs procedures with assistance from Nathan Associates. The assistance, under a two-year, $2.7 million contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, aims to boost Colombia’s ability to benefit from liberalized trade with the United...

Africa Summit: North Africa, Partnerships Have Roles in Continent’s Success

North Africa in general and Morocco in particular are key to Africa’s economic development, as are public-private partnerships throughout the continent. These are some of the takeaways from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit held last week in Washington, according to Nathan Associates representatives...

Approach to Monitoring Port Performance Unveiled at IAME Conference 2014

August 12, 2014—There seem to be as many ways to gauge port performance as there are analysts—but is this abundance efficient or even useful? Is there a simpler way, for example, to rank the performance of terminals without imposing onerous data collection requirements? These questions were...

Richard Blankfeld, Long-Time Nathan Economist, Dies

Richard Blankfeld, who joined Nathan Associates in 1978 and played an integral role in the firm’s evolution, has died after struggling for more than two years with cancer.Richard Blankfeld in Stonetown, Zanzibar, in February 2011“Richard was a diligent economist, known for his practicality in...

Nathan Interns Experience Applied Economics

Two Washington-area students acquired a deeper appreciation of real-world economics through internships at Nathan Associates Inc., while Nathan benefited from the pair’s talent and commitment.Nathan Associates Summer Interns Sara Asfaw and Colleen ZimmermanSara G. Asfaw, a business finance and...

Wallar Retires From Nathan After Career Dedicated to Public Service

James G. Wallar, Nathan Associates Inc.’s senior vice president for international development, is retiring after seven years with the firm and a career in public service spanning more than three decades. “It’s always sad to leave good colleagues and good work,” he said. “I just decided there...

Launch of ASEAN Women's Entrepreneur Network

June 6, 2014—Businesswomen in ASEAN Member States can now share experiences and promote a favorable environment for women's entrepreneurship through the ASEAN Women’s Entrepreneur Network (AWEN). The ASEAN Committee on Women created AWEN and hosted a launch event on April 23, 2014, in Hanoi with 60...

Webinar Held for Potential Investors in Telecom Services Kiribati Limited

June 2, 2014—On May 23rd Nathan Associates hosted a webinar for prospective investors on Telecom Services Kiribati Limited (TSKL), the national telecommunications service provider of Kiribati. Participants included telecommunications service providers, the Government of Kiribati, and the...

Supreme Court Cites Research and Analysis of Principal Economist Alan Meister

May 29, 2014—On May 27, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community et al., one of the most significant Indian law cases in recent years. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity by barring the State of Michigan’s lawsuit...

Kosovar Albanians in USAID Program Hear the Roll of ‘Thunder’

May 29, 2014—A pair of Kosovar Albanians visiting Washington, D.C., as part of a USAID-supported program rode in a motorcycle parade, heard oratory from elected officials, and listened to pipers playing “Taps” during a Memorial Day weekend outing. Lori Brock, a principal at Nathan Associates, not...

William Easterly’s The Tyranny of Experts: The Undoubted Merits of Individual Liberty, Individual Initiative and Democracy

Thomas Timberg William Easterly's The Tyranny of Experts, a critique of top-down attempts at economic development, starts with the shocking story of an Ethiopian farming community expelled from ancestral lands needed by a foreign agribusiness firm. The army carried out the eviction at the behest...

IT and Meeting WTO Trade Facilitation Commitments

May 21, 2014—On May 6, Lisa Yarmoshuk, a vice president at Nathan Associates, described to customs representatives from around the world how they can use information technology to facilitate trade and meet the requirements of the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA). Speaking at the annual...

More Jordanian Exporters Go for the Gold

The number of Jordanian companies able to clear their goods more rapidly through customs is set to expand, increasing Jordan’s potential for trade with other countries. Jordan’s Customs Department, advised by Nathan Associates, announced in April that it has eased the criteria for importers,...

FastPath 2 Will be Put to the Test in the Philippines

Second-generation diagnostic tool has broader and more refined applicationsMay 12, 2014—Experts from Nathan Associates are getting ready to evaluate how well certain products are transported through the Philippines. Those products could include cacao, coffee, bananas, seaweed, mango and shrimp. Led...

LUNA II Starts!

Lao PDR–U.S. International and ASEAN Integration Project to Build Capacity for Trade LiberalizationMay 8, 2014—The Lao PDR–U.S. International and ASEAN Integration Project officially started on April 24, 2014 after U.S. Ambassador Daniel Clune, Vice Minister of Industry and Commerce Siaosavath...

Egyptian Firms Make Export Strides with Nathan’s Help

April 29, 2014--Nineteen small and medium size Egyptian firms have sharpened their ability to compete in global export markets through a collaborative program that started a year ago. Their success has helped to create jobs and bolster the Egyptian economy—and provides examples for other small and...

Study Shapes Debate of Indonesia’s Mineral Processing Regs

March 28, 2014—An April 2013 report by Nathan Associates is shaping opinion on the impact of Indonesia’s controversial regulations governing mining processing and exports. Produced for the UThe study examines the likely impact of a 2009 law and its implementing regulation of 2012, which included a...

Nathan Myanmar Fellow Pursues Minerals Oversight

Aung Phyo Kyaw, recipient of a Robert R. Nathan Foundation Fellowship in 2013, is now helping the Government of Myanmar bring its management of oil, gas, and mineral resources up to international standards. Kyaw, research and outreach officer in the National Coordination Office of Myanmar’s...

Small Business will Benefit from New U.S.-ASEAN Alliance

Public-private partnership will provide training, mentors, and toolsMarch 7, 2014—The United States government and American businesses have started a new public-private partnership, the US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. The alliance will support small...

Look Both Ways! Ensuring Road Safety in Economic Development

Road projects that aid development in poor countries can also lead to an increase in traffic deaths. But, as noted in “Reinventing the Wheel” (The Economist, January 25–31) those deaths can be minimized by devoting a portion of road budgets to safety.When evaluating transportation and...

Competition Policy in ASEAN: Next Steps

In a guest blog at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, James Wallar, Senior Vice President at Nathan Associates, suggests next steps for competition policy in ASEAN Member States. Fifteen years ago no ASEAN member had a competition law. Now five do— Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore,...

Five Years in India for Nathan

December 23, 2013—Nathan India just turned five and is ready to expand services in a nation trying to clear obstacles to its full economic potential. The subsidiary of Nathan Associates Inc. celebrated its fifth anniversary on December 6, 2013, at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi, an occasion for...

Zimbabwe's Economic Picture Becomes Clearer

Zimbabwe's economy is surprisingly larger than previously estimated, according to data compiled with the help of the Strategic Economic Research and Analysis Program (SERA), a USAID-funded project managed by Nathan Associates. And government policy toward one critical sector for national wealth,...

Competition Can Only Improve India’s Electricity Sector

November 11, 2013--India has been reforming regulation of its electricity sector since the early 1990s, and the Electricity Act of 2003 introduced competition to all supply segments —generation, transmission, and distribution. The sector, however, is still subject to anti-competitive political...

D.C. Central Kitchen's Food Fight Enters Round 10 with Nathan Support

Food lovers can sample fare from 75 top restaurants in the D.C. area and watch four local chefs vie to make the tastiest dish when the D.C. Central Kitchen stages its 10th annual Capital Food Fight on Monday, November 11. Culinary celebrities, including Tom Colicchio from Bravo's Top Chef, will be...

India Gains Footing in Competition Policy

October 15, 2013--Competition policy is a "relatively new concept in India," according to Nathan India’s Ram Tamara, Jincy Elizabeth Francis, and Muthu Raman. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is entering its fifth year as India's fair trade regulator, the three note in The Handbook of...

Nathan Associates Awarded US-ATAARI

September 30, 2013—On November 1, Nathan Associates will begin work on the US-APEC Technical Assistance to Advance Regional Integration (US-ATAARI) Project. Chief of Party Victoria Waite will lead the  five-year, US$26.9 million project, directing activities that support APEC’s three “pillars”:...

Reforming Telecom Services in Kiribati

September 9, 2013--In a new two-phase project, Nathan Associates will be assisting the Government of Kiribati as it prepares to open the country's telecommunications sector to competition. In Phase 1, our telecommunications and privatization experts will propose ways to attract private investors to...

Unleashing Potential: The Internet and Small Firms in India

August 1, 2013—In New Delhi on July 25, India’s Minister of State for Micro, Medium, and Small Enterprise released a study by Nathan Economic Consulting India Private Limited (Nathan India) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and Google India: Unleashing the...

Nowhere Near a Power Trip: Analyzing Electricity Tariffs in India

July 18, 2013-As India’s electricity regulator considers allowing a rise in tariffs for a power company hit hard by rising coal prices, analysts at Nathan India question whether a tariff hike is necessarily bad for consumers. Sangeeta Singh and Nandita Jain, poring over data from independent...

Nathan Associates Welcomes Russell Lamb

Nathan Associates is pleased to announce that Dr. Russell L. Lamb, a noted expert in antitrust economics, damages analysis, and applied economics has joined the firm’s litigation consulting practice as a Senior Vice President, adding to our expertise in these areas.Dr. Lamb has nearly twenty years...

ANSI-USAID Standards Alliance Holds First Workshop on Good Regulatory Practice in Jakarta

June 27—A two-day workshop in Jakarta on good regulatory practice in Indonesia and the United States has marked the first official event of the ANSI-USAID Standards Alliance, a program that will be assisting up to 10 developing countries in meeting the requirements of the WTO’s Technical Barriers...

In Memorium: Joseph R. Gunn III

June 7, 2013—On June 5, Joseph Gunn, a retired senior vice president of the firm and director and treasurer of the Robert R. Nathan Memorial Foundation, died at the age of 84.Mr. Gunn joined Nathan Associates in 1967. Before that, he had spent six years as an economic adviser to the Minister of...

Nathan Associates Welcomes Myanmar Scholars

May 2013--Nathan Associates is hosting two fellows from Myanmar this May and June thanks to fellowships from the Robert R. Nathan Foundation.  Sa Kyaw Thu Ya Aung (left in photo) and Aung Phyo Kyaw (right in photo), who recently received master’s degrees in economics from the Yangon Institute of...

Nathan Associates Awarded ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment Contract

June 4, 2013—USAID has awarded Nathan Associates the contract for the ASEAN Connectivity through Trade and Investment (ACTI) activity. This five-year, $18 million project will be based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The purpose is to accelerate implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community Blueprint by...

Nathan Associates Awarded Central America Regional Trade and Market Alliance Project

May 1, 2013—On April 22, 2013, USAID awarded the Central America Regional Trade & Market Alliance Project to Nathan Associates. This three-year, $18 million project, which includes $6.2 million in grants, will be based in El Salvador and has a two-year option period.  The purpose of the project...

India Permits Unbundling of Airline Services Based on Nathan India’s Report

April 30, 2013--On April 29, 2013, India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation passed an order permitting scheduled airlines to charge separate fees for services such as preferential seating, meals, lounges, checked baggage, sports equipment and musical instrument carriage, and special declaration of...

Myanmar Prepares to Lead ASEAN Economic Ministers in 2014 with AEC Deadline Looming

March 28, 2013—Myanmar’s chairmanship of ASEAN Economic Ministers in 2014 will be critical to achieving the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015. This was the key message of a two-day workshop organized by Nathan Associates and moderated by James Wallar, senior vice president of Nathan Associates...

Too Much, Too Soon? Foreign Aid and Myanmar

February 26, 2013--On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Lex Rieffel and James W. Fox will present the findings of their report on foreign aid and  Myanmar at the Brookings Institution. Nathan Associates sponsored the report  in memory of Robert Nathan’s contributions to Burma’s development planning of the...

Conference Examines Indonesia’s Trade and Trade Policy Options

January 30, 2013—Policymakers, development experts, and representatives of the private sector, civil society, and academia discussed Indonesia’s trade and economic outlook and its options for trade policy at a conference in Jakarta.  Throughout 2013 Indonesia will be a the center of a number of...

First Form II Merger Notification Approved in India

 January 14—On January 11, 2013, the Competition Commission of India approved its first Form II filing. Nathan India assisted with the filing by conducting the detailed and complex economic analysis and impact assessment required by Form II. On November 1, 2012, Amarchand Mangaldas Mumbai filed the...

Getting Investors in India’s Small Cities to Try Mutual Funds

January 14—In Hindu Business Line, Sangeeta Singh and Nandita Jain of Nathan India, explore how more small investors—especially in India’s small cities—can be attracted to mutual funds. In India, three-fourths of mutual funds are owned by residents of the eight largest cities, even though they...

Welcoming Franck Wiebe

Special economic adviser with fresh ideas in development economicsFranck Wiebe, former Chief Economist of the Millenium Challenge Corporation, has joined Nathan Associates’ division of International Development Economics as a special economic adviser. Mr. Wiebe will work on a range of technical and...

Competition Law and Business Strategy in India

Beyer and Tamara Speak on CCI and Market NetworksNovember 29, 2012—The Competition Commission of India (CCI) enforces India’s Competition Act and became operational in 2009. Since then it has been coming down hard on companies in all sectors, instilling fear of penalties among companies that flout...

Myanmar and the Source ASEAN Full Service Alliance

For most of 2012, representatives of the textile and garment industry have discussed the potential of Myanmar as a new source for apparel as the country undergoes political opening and transformation. Discussion is now heating up among members of the Source ASEAN Full Service Alliance (SAFSA) since...

Business Links Can Develop Apparel Industry in ASEAN

November 15, 2012—For some members of the Association ofSouth East Asian Nations (ASEAN), having to import raw material for apparel production dampens competitiveness. In a recent article on the rise of apparel suppliers as Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia, just-style.com turned to Nathan Associates’...

WSJ Article on Proposed Oregon Tribal Casino Cites Indian Gaming Industry Report

November 14, 2012—On November 9th, the Wall Street Journal reported on a “turf battle” between two Native American tribes in Oregon over a proposed tribal casino. The Coquille Indian Tribe is planning a Class II gaming facility in Medford, Oregon, to generate revenue to better meet its social...

Subjectivity and Statistics: Representative Testimony in Employment Class and Collective Actions

October 16, 2012—In the latest issue of Law360, Stephen Schneider, senior vice president at Nathan Associates, explores statistical standards for representative testimony used in wage and hour class actions. Dr. Schneider notes that no “bright line” distinguishes sufficient from insufficient...

Guest Blogging: East Asia Summit and Economics

“…the United States took its seat among Asia’s major economic players that will account for an increasingly significant amount of the world’s economic activity and apparently did not engage on important economic issues."Hear more from Senior Vice President James Wallar, guest blogging at the Center...

Auctions and the Value of Coal in India

October 8, 2012-In a recent article in The Hindu Business Line, Nathan India economists Samita Sareen and Sangeeta Singh explore what methods of issuing coal mining licenses will bring the most value to India’s taxpayers. Of particular concern are how various licensing methods address “information...

Partly Privatize Air India?

October 5, 2012-Nathan India’s study of competition in India’s civil aviation sector offers several recommendations to improve the health of the sector, but partial privatization of the troubled national carrier, Air India, is the one creating a stir. Publications such as the Hindu Business Line...

Nathan India Shortlisted for Porter Prize

October 3, 2012—Nathan India was among 28 firms considered for the prestigious Porter Prize, awarded for the first time in India this year. Named after Harvard professor Michael Porter, the prize recognizes outstanding achievement in business strategy and competition in 16 industries, from finance...

ASEAN Single Window Project Hosts Public-Private Symposium in Jakarta

Officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and private sector representatives from Southeast Asia met September 18, 2012, in Jakarta at a symposium cohosted by ASEAN and the ASEAN Single Window project that Nathan Associates manages for USAID and the State Department. Back row...

Rethinking the Unemployment Status of Job Applicants

August 28, 2012—Are there sound economic reasons for screening job applicants on the basis of employment status? What are the trade-offs of such screening? And what are the implications of legislative measures to protect the unemployed as they seek work? Nathan economists Chen Song and David Sharp...

Leniency Provisions Help Bust Cartels, Other Anticompetitive Arrangements

July 24, 2012—Commenting on the leniency program of India’s competition regulator, CCI, Nathan India director, Dr. Ram Tamara, pointed out that the direct evidence such programs unearth helps regulators more than circumstantial evidence. CCI announced Tuesday that persons and companies who come...

ADVANCE Programs Garner Attention at U.S.-ASEAN Business Forum

July 24, 2012—When Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Cambodia to address the U.S.-ASEAN Business Forum on July 13, she made a point of highlighting the ADVANCE programs managed by Nathan Associates, particularly the ASEAN Single Window project. The purpose of the first-ever forum...

Digicel Still Dominant in Vanuatu: Mobile Provider Exerts Control in Duopoly Market

July 23, 2012—In April 2011, Digicel, an international telecommunications provider, requested review of a June 2009 ruling by Vanuatu’s regulator that had declared the firm dominant in two local markets, the market for retail mobile services and the wholesale market for call termination. Nathan...

Building the ASEAN Community in the Classroom

July 5, 2012—Students in the ten member states of ASEAN will soon be learning about the organization on a regular basis as teachers begin using the ASEAN Curriculum Sourcebook to integrate ASEAN “themes” into primary and secondary school classes. The sourcebook was officially released on July 5...

Report on Benchmarked Interconnection Rates Submitted to the Telecom Regulator in Vanuatu

The Vanuatu Telecom Act of 2009 established a system of interconnection compensation in which a network originating a call that ends in another network pays a fee to the terminating network. Networks may negotiate interconnection and termination fees, but if they cannot reach an agreement, they...

Why Settlement License Agreements Should be Used in Reasonable Royalty Analysis

June 14, 2012—In the latest issue of LES Insights, a publication of the Licensing Executives Society, Nathan Associates’ experts and affiliates argue for the admission of settlement license agreements, or SLAs, in damages estimation. They present a “licensing negotiations continuum” to highlight...

In Memoriam: Maurice (Maury) Atkin

June 8, 2012—On June 2 Nathan Associates lost an early partner and a long-time friend of the firm. Maurice Atkin—known among family, friends, and colleagues as “Maury”—died at the age of 94 from complications due to a stroke. A friend and colleague of the firm’s founder, Robert R. Nathan, Maury...

ASEAN’s New Disaster Monitoring System Working From Day One

June 8, 2012—The planned demonstration of ASEAN’s new disaster monitoring and response system in Jakarta turned into urgent application when a powerful earthquake hit near Sumatra. The ASEAN-U.S. Technical Assistance and Training Facility, managed by Nathan Associates, is supporting the...

Axway’s B2B Software Selected for ASEAN Single Window

Nathan Associates, which manages the ASEAN Single Window (ASW) Project, has selected Axway to provide the software solution that will simplify and expedite the processing of import, export, and transit data in seven of the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)....

Nathan India Recommends Changing How Aviation Fuel is Taxed in India

May 31, 2012—As reported in the May 24 edition of The Hindu, Nathan India’s study—Aviation Turbine Fuel in India-Examination of Pricing and Tax Regime Governing ATF—concludes that taxes and fees related to aviation turbine fuel (ATF) are much higher in India than in other countries and should be...

Wall Street Journal Cites Indian Gaming Study

Findings from the annual Indian gaming study authored by Principal Economist Alan Meister were recently cited in a Wall Street Journal article regarding a controversial casino development by a Native American tribe in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The article reported on the issuance of a preliminary...

ASEAN Delegation Starts Dialogue with US on Promoting Rights of Women and Children

May 2, 2012—With support from the ASEAN-U.S. Technical Assistance and Training Facility, managed by Nathan Associates, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) spent 10 days in Washington DC and New York City initiating discussions on how to...

Tamara to Speak at International Competition Law Conference in New Delhi, India

April 27, 2012—Dr. Ram Tamara, Managing Director of Nathan India, will be speaking at the second international conference on competition law in New Delhi. The conference is sponsored by the Competition Law Bar Association (CLBA) of India. Nathan Associates Inc. is the “knowledge partner” for this...

Renewing Development Assistance for Myanmar

ASEAN Commitments Can Focus Donors April 23, 2012— As Myanmar emerges from isolation and pursues reform it is also intending to chair the 2014 summit meetings of the 10-member Association of South East Nations (ASEAN). This is a far cry from its position in 1967, when it decided against being a...

Is Myanmar the Next Apparel-producing Powerhouse?

April 20, 2012—Myanmar’s economic reforms and the possible lifting of economic sanctions by the United States and the European Union could make the country attractive to foreign investors, particularly those seeking new apparel sources.  Speaking to apparel and footwear industry executives at the...

Nathan Associates wins Bronze Award in Arlington Green Games

Demonstrates “outstanding commitment to sustainability”March 22, 2012—Nathan Associates and 15 other firms in Arlington received a bronze award for instituting practices that saved $2 million in energy and water costs and prevented the release of 10,000 tons of C02 over the past year in the county....

Meister Details Economic Evolution of Indian Gaming at ABA Gaming Law Conference

March 9, 2012—On February 23, 2012, Alan P. Meister, Ph.D., a Principal Economist at Nathan Associates, presented at the American Bar Association’s 16th Annual National Institute on the Gaming Law Minefield in Las Vegas. Dr. Meister presented the latest facts and figures on Indian gaming,...

French’s Expert Testimony Figures Again in AMEX Case

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit again relied on testimony from Gary French to reaffirm its ruling that American Express’s class action waiver provision is unenforceable. According to the Court, “Dr. French’s affidavit demonstrates that the only economically feasible means...

Ready, Set, Learn: 20th Annual Global Trade Analysis Course Coming to Arlington

January, 24, 2012—From August 19 to 25, 2012, economists and analysts will gather in Arlington, Virginia, to learn how to use the model and software of the Global Trade Analysis Project, or GTAP, to design, conduct, and analyze simulations of how an economy might react to changes in policy. The...

India’s Competition Commission Needs Better Data and More Staff

December 7, 2011--According to Ram Tamara, director of Nathan India Pvt Ltd, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been less than rigorous in its economic analysis, suggesting that CCI needs better data and more staff to analyze that data appropriately. In a liveMint.com article published...

Economics Key to Postconflict Stability Ops and Reconstruction

Waller at National Defense UniversityDecember 1, 2011—As the leader of the former Public Finance Management Assistance Group (PFMAG) in Iraq, senior vice president James Wallar can conclude with certainty that expedience is anathema to development.  Speaking at the 7th International Lessons Learned...

MARKET: Nathan Associates Starts Fifth Project in ASEAN

November 28, 2011—In the wake of President Obama’s attendance at the East Asia Summit in Bali, USAID announced the official start of MARKET (Maximizing Agricultural Revenues through Knowledge, Enterprise Development, and Trade). Nathan Associates will run the three-year project, the fifth task...

Economic Impact of Legalizing Commercial Resort Casinos in Florida

State’s economists turn to Indian Gaming Report for data To generate additional state revenue, Florida is considering legalizing commercial resort casinos. But there is debate over whether legalization would generate incremental revenue for the state given that the introduction of commercial resort...

Food Security Agenda Taking Shape in ASEAN

Private Sector Presents Recommendations to ASEANOctober 3-6, 2011—ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry, agricultural and food processing companies, farmers’ associations, think tanks, and local government officials involved in food trade, safety, and regulation gathered in Jakarta for the...

SAFSA Global Forum 2011 Shapes Path for ASEAN Apparel Industry

Alliance is “Model of Economic Integration of ASEAN”Leaders of textile and apparel firms from the ten member states of ASEAN met with buyers for global brands at the second annual Source ASEAN Full Service Alliance (SAFSA) forum at the Plaza Athénée in Bangkok, September 29-30, 2011. Keynote...

Robert Nathan Gets His Due: Lacey’s Keep From All Thoughtful Men Sheds Light on Economists and WWII Strategy

The miracle of US munitions production in WWII was not capacity but the proper channeling of capacity as guided by the economic concept of feasibility. According to Jim Lacey, author of Keep From All Thoughtful Men: How U.S. Economists Won World War II, economists Robert R. Nathan, Simon Kuznets,...

Welcoming New Board Member Tessie San Martin

On August 11, 2011, Nathan Associates elected Tessie San Martin to its corporate board. Dr. San Martin is the seven-member board’s fourth outside director. Dr. San Martin brings broad and deep experience in the public and private sectors to her position on the board, having worked for 25 years in...

Nathan Associates Elects Board Members for 2011-2012

August 11—Nathan Associates’ employee-shareholders elected the firm’s seven-member board of directors for 2011-2012, bringing the number of outside, independent directors to four. CEO John Beyer remains as Chairman. Outside directors include Richard Burtner, Katherine Clark, Valerie Perlowitz, and...

Eight Weeks On the Job for Nathan Working Scholar Esme-Thea Rogers

Under the sponsorship of the Robert R. Nathan Memorial Foundation, Esme-Thea Rogers spent eight weeks at Nathan Associates Inc. learning about applied economic research and analysis in a business setting. Esme, who is majoring in economics and minoring in mathematics at Washington DC’s Howard...

New Terminal in Colombia at Capacity in Four Months

Nathan Associates Involved From Concept Phase to OpeningThe new container terminal at Colombia’s Port of Buenaventura is running at full capacity after only four months of operation. The terminal received its first vessel at the end of January and was officially inaugurated by President Santos on...

Regulators Must be Credible to Curb Uncertainty in India

May 5, 2011-According to Ram Tamara, Managing Director of Nathan India, and Manas Kumar Chaudhuri, head of the competition law practice of Khaitan and Co., the new Competition Commission of India (CCI) is like any other regulatory agency: it must send clear signals to businesses in order to...

From Due Diligence to Sale in 15 Months—Telecom Privatization in Samoa

The sale of 75 percent of SamoaTel Limited’s share capital—equivalent to US$11 million—marks the successful end of 15 months of support provided by Nathan Associates under the auspices of the World Bank.  The shares of the government-owned telecommunications firm were purchased by a consortium led...

Economic Incentives and Player Performance

Getting Cricket Metrics Right to Boost the Odds of WinningAs the ICC World Cup cricket tournament closes in on quarter finals, Ram Tamara explores the economic incentives influencing team and individual player performance in 50-over cricket matches.  What motivates teams to compete to their utmost...

Silver Addy for Nathan Website

Nathan Associates’ website design and development team, Carousel30, has garnered a third award for the Nathan corporate site. On March 15, at the DC Ad Club’s ADDY Awards Gala, Carousel30 received a Silver ADDY in the B-to-B HTML category for the Nathan website. These awards are part of the world’s...

ADB President Visits Coffee Project in Vietnam

Innovative processing holds promise for local producersMarch 2, 2011, Buon Ma Thuot-- Vietnam is the world’s second largest producer and exporter of coffee but inconsistent quality and lack of processing limit product price in international markets and the incomes of smallholder farmers. That may...

Peru-Andean Trade Capacity Building Project Officially Begins

February 17, 2011—USAID formally launched Facilitando Comercio, a $17 million three-year project managed by Nathan Associates, at a press conference and reception attended by U.S. Ambassador to Peru Rose Likins, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Trade Eduardo Ferreyros, USAID Mission Director Richard...

SamoaTel Share Capital Auctioned to Private Investor

The Government of Samoa conducted an open and transparent auction of 75 percent of share capital in SamoaTel Limited resulting in an offer of $11 million  from AST Telecom LLC from American Samoa. SamoaTel is the national telecommunications company, provider of mobile and fixed telecommunication...

Recycle plastics to create jobs, save energy, and reduce landfill

Nathan Associates’  study supports case for clearer EPA rules on PCB regulationShredder “fluff” or automobile shredder residue (ASR) is loaded with foam, glass, fabric, rubber, and plastics. A Nathan Associates study concludes that recovery and further recycling of the plastics found in ASR would...

Cricket fan survey shows impact of shorter games

T20 format  claiming market sharePreliminary data from a survey of 1,000 cricket fans suggest that the new Twenty20 format is changing fans’ viewing habits. In his latest article for Mint, Ram Tamara, economist  and director of Nathan India,  continues to explore his hypothesis that fans’...

How much is too much cricket?

Supply/demand analysis suggests fans call the shotsRam Tamara, director of Nathan India and go-to source for understanding the evolution of India’s cricket leagues brings an economist’s perspective to the debate about packed playing calendars and which type of game format will survive.   Writing in...

In India Only Nimble Retailers Need Apply

According to economist Robert Damuth,the demographic trends in India hold great promise for retailers seeking entry into that country’s market—but successful entry will require nimble adaptation to unique consumer demands and market structures.  Damuth delivered a preview of a forthcoming white...

Textile and Garment Sector Integration Advances in ASEAN

The 34-year old ASEAN Federation of Textile Industries (AFTEX) is now formally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization thanks to the assistance of VALUE, a USAID-funded project managed by Nathan Associates. AFTEX may now open a bank account, generate revenue, and sign contracts. VALUE...

Cricket in India: How Economists Think About Sports

Nathan India writes series for Mint, partner of the Wall Street JournalRam Tamara, director of Nathan India, has become a go-to source for economic commentary on developments in India’s professional cricket leagues.  On the “warm reception” accorded Indians on Day 2 of the recent Indian Premier...

Supporting Human Rights in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian experts in human rights have created the Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN (HRRCA) to broaden dialogue based in the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights—the official body for fulfilling ASEAN’s chartered commitment to supporting human rights. The center is led by...

Tamara to speak on cartels at Competition Law and Practice Conference in New Delhi

November 17, 2010--On November 19, Ram Tamara, Director of Nathan India, will participate in a conference on competition law in New Delhi. The conference is sponsored by the Centre for Law and Economics of University College London (UCL). Proceedings will be published by Stanford University Press...

Nathan Associates Applauds Korea’s Role in G20 Summit

South Korea, the first emerging economy to host a G-20 Summit, is a firm believer in economic growth as the “most effective cure for poverty” (President Lee Myung-bak, Washington Post, November 10, 2010). Nathan Associates has long shared that belief, dedicating its work in international...

Prequal for Sale of Shares in SamoaTel Limited Ends

Nathan Associates is advising the Government of Samoa on the sale of 75 percent of the share capital of SamoaTel Limited, a national telecommunications company currently 100-percent government-owned. SamoaTel operates a GSM mobile network and a fixed line network that includes more than 350 Km of...

Expert Testimony on Employment Discrimination Ruled Admissible—Leads to Settlement

Ninety days after testimony from Nathan Associates’ expert economist David Sharp was ruled admissible by Judge Jon Phipps McCalla in EEOC v. Paramount Staffing Inc., W.D. Tenn., No. 2:06-cv-02624, 5/17/10, the defendants settled the case without going to trial.Dr. Sharp’s testimony was criticized...

Indian Gaming Industry Report Cited in New York Times

The Indian Gaming Industry Report, authored by Principal Economist Alan Meister, was recently cited in a New York Times article. The article discusses the decline of the gaming industry in Northern Nevada, particularly Reno, and largely attributes it to the growth of Indian gaming in Northern...

Indian Gaming Report Cited in Wall Street Journal

The Indian Gaming Industry Report authored by Principal Economist Alan Meister was recently cited in a front page story of the Wall Street Journal. The WSJ article discusses how the financial troubles of the Foxwoods Resort Casino have led the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to debt-restructuring...

How Interest Rates Affect Savings in India

Some banks in India will be raising rates on term deposits in order to mobilize savings and meet rising demand for credit. In the August 8th issue of Financial Express economists Ram Tamara and Madhuri Saripelle of Nathan India explore what could happen if interest rates on savings accounts were...

India’s Banks and the Decline in Household Savings

In the July 17 issue of the Financial Express, economists Ram Tamara and Madhuri Saripalle of Nathan India describe subtle changes in the savings behavior of India’s households. Analyzing  data on savings and deposits in India from 2006 to 2009, they note that household deposits are a big portion...

Indian Gaming Industry Report Cited in Financial Times

The annual report on Indian gaming authored by Principal Economist Alan Meister was recently cited in the Financial Times. The article describes how some Native American tribes are struggling to repay loans used to finance casinos. Dr. Meister's annual study shows that Indian gaming experienced...

Programming for Economic Growth

Does economic growth always benefit the poor and the disadvantaged?  What do we know about how to foster enduring growth that does benefit them? How effective are USAID’s economic growth programs in the context of U.S. foreign assistance objectives?USAID asked Nathan Associates to lead a team...

Food Security is a Continuous Task

Public and private sectors in Southeast Asia to collaborateJune 24, 2010, SINGAPORE. The sharp rise in world food prices of 2007 and 2008 showed that keeping nutritional food available and affordable is a continuous task—for families, communities, businesses, and governments.At their first-ever...

You Say Tomato, I Say Comparative Advantage

Alex Blumberg of National Public Radio’s Money Talk blog recently spoke to Rose Mary Garcia—a Principal Associate at Nathan Associates—about the cost of tomatoes in Jamaica. Blumberg had come across Nathan Associates’ assessment of Jamaica’s economy and wanted to have a nagging question answered:...

Building Trade Capacity in Peru and the Andean Region

Trade agreements can induce growth throughout an economy if all parties to the agreements have strong capacity for trade. Over the next four years, DNG, a joint venture of Nathan Associates and DAI, will be working to strengthen the human, informational, and institutional resources necessary for...

AEO Handbook to Aid Customs Modernization Worldwide

May 21, 2010--Customs administrators in developing countries now have a practical, step-by-step guide to improving customs performance: the Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Program Implementation handbook.  Produced by Nathan Associates under the TCBoost project and in collaboration with the...

Nigerian Companies Gearing Up to Expand Exports

If you ask Nigerian exporters what they need to expand their businesses, they say “information.”  How do I sell my product in this market? Who are the buyers? What are the standards for imports? Under a two-year program managed by Nathan Associates and funded by the United States Agency for...

Guyana Slashes Business Registration Time

Other Reforms Accelerated under MCC ProjectAnita felt relieved.  She just had completed the first step of registering her seafood exporting business at Guyana’s Deeds Registry and the records search took less than five minutes rather than the usual seven days. New procedures, digitalization of...

United Way Spotlights Nathan for Excellence

Bill Hanbury, President and CEO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, cited Nathan Associates’ “stellar campaign” in the organization’s e-newsletter for January: Nathan Associates, an Arlington based company, conducted a stellar campaign which consisted of many great events. In addition...

Welcome Jim Wallar, Senior VP, International Development

On January 19, 2010, James Wallar returned to Nathan Associates as Senior Vice President of the firm’s International Group.  From 2006-2008, Mr. Wallar was Chief of Party and resident trade specialist for  the firm’s ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility at the ASEAN Secretariat in...

World's First Textile and Garment Service Standards Launched in ASEAN

January 2010—The world's first textile and garment industry service standards have been put in place in the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to help suppliers remain competitive in the post-quota era.  Suppliers that meet the standards will be able to join the...

Planning a Trip to Southeast Asia Made Easy

The Nathan-managed USAID ASEAN Competitiveness Enhancement (ACE) Project, Wego Travel Search Pte Ltd (wego.com), we, and the ASEAN Tourism Association are launching a “one stop shop” for tourism planning in Southeast Asia.   The new website, SoutheastAsia.org, will help tourists map out their trip...

Haiti’s Apparel Industry Offers Hope

On January 12, 2010, an earthquake in Haiti devastated Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities. Even as relief efforts are underway to cope with the terrible losses, now is the time to plan for reconstruction. Rebuilding Haiti’s physical and social infrastructure will take years, resources, and...

APEC Ministers Praise Technical Assistance and Training Facility

In a joint statement issued at the 21st APEC Ministerial Meeting in Singapore on November 11-12, 2009, APEC Ministers praised the APEC Technical Assistance and Training Facility (TATF) for its contributions to strengthening the APEC Secretariat."We welcome the contribution to the APEC Secretariat...

First US-ASEAN Leaders Meeting Highlights U.S. Commitment to Regional Integration

At the first ASEAN-U.S. Leaders Meeting on November 15, 2009, President Obama expressed his “strong support for ASEAN’s ambitious goal of creating a community by 2015, including its bold effort to achieve economic integration.”The joint statement issued at the meeting highlighted support provided...

ASEAN Economic Community Holds Great Promise for All Study Concludes

Achieving an integrated economic community will boost general welfare among ASEAN Member States by more than 5 percent—or more than six times the effect estimated for the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement. This is the main conclusion of Realizing the ASEAN Economic Community: A Comprehensive Assessment, a...

Morocco in Manhattan

First Ever Retail Promotion of Moroccan Specialty FoodsThe Food Emporium (www.thefoodemporium.com), a high-end grocery with 16 outlets in Manhattan, will begin a two-week promotion of Moroccan specialty foods in September 2010 under a deal arranged by Nathan Associates Inc. A joint effort of The...

Protectionist Impulse Could Worsen Economies in Asia

General equilibrium analysis reveals potential for massive loss If governments in Asia raise protectionism to the maximum levels consistent with trade agreements, $16 billion in GDP and $44 billion in exports could be lost, worsening the effects of the worldwide recession in the region’s economies...

Lazor to Help Lead Professional Services Council Task Force

On April 17, 2009, Nathan Associates’ Gary Lazor was named a chairperson of the International Development Task Force (IDTF) of the Professional Services Council (PSC). PSC is the leading national trade association representing the professional and technical services industry doing business with the...

Iraq’s Economic Growth Rate Up—But From a Low Base

Iraq’s economic growth rate improved in 2008 as oil production neared its prewar peak, but per capita income remains well below prewar levels, and poverty—though the rates are declining—threatens political and economic stability and recovery.In a data-intensive report released under the USAID-...

Clinton Pledges Continued Support for ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility

In her first visit to Asia as U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a press conference with Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN. Clinton described the new “smart power” approach to diplomacy and...

Expert Reports Influence EPDM Antitrust Litigation Class Certification Motion

On February 13, 2009, Judge Underhill of the U.S. District Court of Connecticut cited the work of Nathan Associates in granting plaintiffs’ motion for class certification of companies that purchased ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) between January 1997 and December 2001. EPDM is a synthetic...

Second Circuit Rules That Small Individual Damages Merit Class Certification

In re: American Express Merchants’ Litigation

In January 2009 the Second Circuit court overturned a decision by a U.S. District Court in favor of American Express (Amex) citing “compelling” arguments delivered by Nathan Associates’ Senior Vice President Gary French that individual small damages do...

Regulation Protecting Right Whales Will Have Economic Impact

On December 9, 2008, a new regulation to reduce the likelihood of ship strikes against migrating right whales in the North Atlantic will go into effect. Northern right whales—one of the most endangered types of large whale in the world—migrate from their calving grounds in Florida and Georgia to...

All Change is Local : Supporting Reform in the Philippines

Supporting Reform in the PhilippinesFor the next four years Nathan Associates will be working with advocacy groups in the Philippines to bring grassroots and local perspectives into the economic development plans formulated at all levels of government.USAID/Philippines has awarded the DAI/Nathan...

Toward a Stronger APEC

Nathan to Support the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum From trade facilitation to structural reform, Nathan Associates will provide a wide range of technical assistance and training to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, one of the world’s premiere organizations promoting regional...

Lakhbir Singh Elected President and Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Associates is pleased to announce that Lakhbir Singh has been elected president and chief operating officer, effective September 15, 2008. As president and COO, Dr. Singh will bring his laser-like focus on client service and technical quality to the daily operations of international and U.S...

Board of Directors Welcomes Four New Members

On August 7, 2008, employee shareholders at Nathan Associates approved the appointment of four new members to the firm’s Board of Directors, three of them new to the firm and one an actively employed shareholder. The board will benefit from the decisive entrepreneurial style and financial...

Nathan India Delivers Insight for Clients

Local businesses benefit from surveys, impact analysis, and econometric analysis

Nathan India, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nathan Associates Inc., has opened an office in Chennai, India. Staffed with expert economists and highly skilled researchers, the subsidiary is providing private sector...

Fan Demand Will Drive the Success of India’s New Cricket League

In the May 14, 2008, issue of India’s Business Today, Nathan’s Ram Tamara and one of the firm’s principal consultants, Michael Maloney of Clemson University, share their opinion about what will drive the success of the Indian Premier League, or IPL. Worldwide, the business of sports offers fertile...

Nigeria’s Catfish Farming Value Chain Attracts Investment

Nigerians consume nearly $1billion in fish each year—but most is imported from Europe. That could change once the local catfish farming industry begins to benefit from a development program funded by the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) project. Through the two-year, $32 million program,...

Nathan’s Guardian of Quality Profiled in IndUS

IndUS Business Journal, the only national business-to-business newspaper catering to the Indian and South Asian business community in the United States, profiled Nathan Associates’ executive vice president, Dr. Lakhbir Singh, in its April 1, 2008 issue. Calling Dr. Singh the firm’s “right-hand man...

Expert Testimony Important in $21 Million Class Action Settlement

Senior Vice President Stephen A. Schneider’s expert analysis and testimony played an important role in the recent settlement of Wright v. Stern, a racial employment discrimination in promotion case. 

On February 26, 2008, New York City agreed to settle a federal class-action discrimination lawsuit...

ADVANCE Ramps Up With Official Launch and Three New Task Orders

On February 25, 2008, the ASEAN Development Vision to Advance National Cooperation and Economic Integration program was officially launched by Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Scot Marciel, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, and Olivier...

DAI/Nathan Group Awarded TCBoost

Arlington, Virginia―On January 24, 2008, USAID awarded the DAI/Nathan Group the Worldwide Support for Trade Capacity Building task order under the Global Business, Trade, and Investment (GBTI II) indefinite quantity contract. Known as TCBoost, the task order will support USAID in extending the...

Shedding Light on Zimbabwe’s Economy

 Three Urgent Priorities EmergeOctober 26, 2007-Until now, getting even a snapshot of economic conditions in Zimbabwe amid the country’s political and economic turmoil has been difficult. But thanks to Nathan Associates’ economy-wide assessment, a clear picture is emerging. International donors...

Economic Club of Washington Recognizes Nathan for Advising on Research Awards

Bruce Bolnick, Chi Leng, and David Merrill of Nathan Associates were recognized by Vernon Jordan, President of the Economic Club of Washington D.C., for advising the club and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area on the award of two doctoral fellowships and the new...

Nathan Associates Opens Office in California

October 2007--Nathan Associates has opened an office in Irvine, California. The office will be managed by Dr. Russ Mangum, a Vice President with the firm. Dr. Mangum has more than 12 years of experience as a consulting and testifying expert in the private sector and for the U.S. Federal Trade...

Nathan Consortium Awarded Contract to Support ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership

Award coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-US dialogue  On September 26, 2007, USAID awarded Nathan Associates an indefinite quantity contract to support ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership activities over the next five to eight years. The project—the ASEAN...

Nigeria’s BDS Providers Raise Profits and Hopes

Through the World Bank-funded Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) project in Abuja, Nigeria, businesses in Abia, Kaduna, and Lagos are benefiting from business development services provided by such local companies as Lateral Links, Nextzon Business Incubator, Toki Mabogunje & Co, and...

Tom Timberg on MSMEs in Nigeria

Principal Associate and Senior Economist Dr. Thomas Timberg talked about the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Nigeria project in an interview in Economic Indicators, a publication of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group. NESG promotes dialogue between private and public sector leaders about...

Nathan Testimony Critical in BAR/BRI Antitrust Suit

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III of the Southern District of New York repeatedly cited the expert witness testimony of Nathan’s Dr. John Pisarkiewicz in his opinion denying Thomson Corporation a motion for summary judgment. He also cited Dr. Pisarkiewicz’s testimony in his opinion granting...

Auto Parts Manufacturers Visit Morocco on Investment Mission

On March 26 and 27, 2007, potential investors in Morocco’s burgeoning automotive parts and components sector attended a two-day mission in Casablanca and the Tangiers Free Zone. Morocco’s exports of low-cost parts increased on average more than 21 percent per year from 2000 to 2004, proof of the...

How are Corruption and Economic Growth Linked?

Nathan Associates Chief Economist Bruce Bolnick and Managing Associate Alexander Greenbaum gave a presentation March 22 at a USAID-sponsored roundtable discussion on corruption and economic growth. The presentation, Fighting Corruption: Prevention vs. Enforcement, focused on the links between...

Moroccan Textile and Apparel Companies Win Attention at MAGIC

Working with the Morocco’s textile and apparel trade association (AMITH) and export promotion agency (CMPE), Nathan’s New Business Opportunities (NBO) project is helping Moroccan companies take advantage of export opportunities arising from the US-Morocco Free Trade Agreement.On February 13-16,...

Leadership So “Tomorrow will be Better than Today” in Mozambique

From February 28 to March 2, 2007, the Government of Mozambique, with the support of Nathan’s Trade and Investment Project in Mozambique, hosted a seminar for ministers, deputy ministers, and permanent secretaries to build teamwork, exchange ideas and experience, and invigorate leadership and...

DAI–Nathan Group Awarded GBTI II Indefinite Quantity Contract

On March 1, 2007, USAID Washington announced that DAI–Nathan Group was among the nine awardees of the Global Business, Trade and Investment II IQC, a contract vehicle with a ceiling value of $3 billion over the next five years. Through the GBTI II IQC, missions, bureaus, and other U.S. government...

IT-Driven Community Center in Philippines Attracts Ecotourists to Engineering Marvel

After only two months in business, an IT-driven community center in Puggo is having a big impact. The Save the Ifugao Terraces Movement and the Last Mile Initiative–Philippines established the center to attract ecotourists to the Ifugao Rice Terraces, one of the engineering marvels of the ancient...

India’s Growth: Hunting Mushrooms Versus Picking Winners

India has one of the world’s fastest growing economies. But why? Many believe that the economic liberalization and reforms of the early 1990s rocketed India into the orbit of 7 to 8 percent growth rate from the infamous “Hindu growth rate” of 3 to 4 percent. In the 15th anniversary issue of...

Sri Lanka Hopes to Attract “Wildlife” Tourists with New Photo Guide

A photographic guide to animals and plants of the dry lowlands of Sri Lanka will help tourists appreciate the country’s natural heritage. Wildlife writer and photojournalist Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne created the 110-page, full-color Wildlife of the Dry Lowlands with financial assistance from The...

Innovative Impact Assessment Praised as New Best Practice

December 6, 2006--Have cluster initiatives delivered sufficient benefits to justify foreign assistance? Do they promote economic development? Are particular types of cluster activities successful? Nathan Associates Chief Economist Bruce Bolnick attempted to answer these questions in his paper, The...

New Center Offers Dominican Apparel Workers Preproduction Training

Preproduction services are a promising market niche for the Dominican textile and apparel industry. A new garment preproduction training center located in the Santiago Industrial Free Zone is teaching apparel workers how to design patterns and make samples and markers so the firms they work for can...

Morocco's Visibility at MAGIC Pays

More than a third of Moroccan apparel exporters attending the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, August 28-31, 2006, booked orders worth millions of dollars from U.S. buyers. The Nathan-managed NBO project, which sponsored the attendance of ten exporters, attributes this success to Morocco’s highly...

E-center Aims to Help Preserve Ifugao Heritage

The Ifugao rice terraces are a cultural treasure of the people of the Philippines Cordilleras and a UNESCO world heritage site, but they are endangered. The Last Mile Initiative-Philippines, an activity of the Nathan-managed EMERGE project funded by USAID, recently launched the Puggo Community E-...

Moroccan Auto Parts Manufacturers Gearing Up for Success in U.S. Market

Dozens of Moroccan manufacturers are learning about the competitive dynamics of the U.S. auto parts aftermarket through site visits, seminars, and one-on-one meetings under Nathan’s USAID-funded New Business Opportunities (NBO) programProduct ReadinessAccording to Henry P. Allessio, automotive...

ICT Entrepreneurship Training in Egypt Building Local Capacity

Nathan’s Egyptian ICT Entrepreneurship Program held its first capacity-building session July 22-24, 2006, in Egypt. Dr. Andrew Gershoff, Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Michigan, instructed 23 faculty members of local organizations in training methodology and advanced training...

Training in Cambodia Boosts Efficiency of Three Apparel Makers

A pilot training program of Cambodia’s Garment Industry Productivity Center, a USAID-funded project managed by Nathan Associates, has helped three apparel makers achieve double-digit efficiency gains. The manufacturers sent management teams to the GIPC for training in time study techniques and GIPC...

Morocco New Business Opportunities Project Launched

Turning Opportunities into SalesNathan’s Morocco New Business Opportunities (NBO) was formally launched June 27, 2006 by USAID and Morocco’s Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Economic Upgrading (MICMAN). A four year project, NBO is expected to create as many as 10,000 jobs and as much as $175...

Open Source Software Kits Bring Free Applications to Philippines

Public schools and community e-centers throughout the Philippines have free access to basic computer applications thanks to the Last Mile Initiative-Philippines (LMIP), a component of the Nathan-managed EMERGE project. LMIP has distributed 500 free and open source software (FOSS) kits, which...

Inspiring Dialogue in Southern Africa

Lisa Yarmoshuk, Nathan’s Chief of Party in Southern Africa, has produced a series of five films that are invigorating dialogue on trade issues among ten developing countries. Each 15 minutes long, the films cover trade preferences, the business environment, private sector advocacy, trade...

Online Search Center Landing Jobs in the Philippines

EMERGE, Nathan’s project in the Philippines, has been working with USAID’s Last Mile Initiative Program to help officials in Bukidnon turn one municipality of Mindanao into an electronic gateway for jobseekers. The municipality of Manolo Fortich has turned a portion of its Public Employment Service...

700 Attend Annual Private Sector Conference in Mozambique

From May 3-5 2006, the Confederation of Mozambican Industries (CTA) convened its ninth Annual Private Sector Conference in Maputo. Opened this year by the President of the Republic of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza, the conference was attended by the Prime Minister, key ministers of the Economic...

Pablo de la Flor Champions US-Peru FTA

April 2006—In Peru, building trade capacity means getting ready to grow. The recent signing of a free trade agreement between the United States and Peru marks the penultimate stage of a long series of negotiations. Final approval should be reached by the congresses of both countries by July....

E-commerce Law in Sri Lanka is Milestone for ICT Development

More Sri Lankans are likely to make online purchases and conduct online banking since Parliament unanimously passed the Electronic Transactions bill in March 2006. That bill marks an important achievement for Sri Lanka’s ICT industry. The purpose of the bill is to eliminate legal barriers and...

Sri Lankan Spice Industry Seeks Quality Niche in U.S. Market

Marketing tour is part of long-term repositioning strategyRepresentatives of Sri Lanka’s spice industry are touring the United States in March 2006, learning about the U.S. spice market and honing their negotiation skills as they seek to expand Sri Lanka’s presence in the U.S. market.The Spice...

An Interview with Ram Tamara

Econometricians wear many hats, according to Peter Kennedy, author of A Guide to Econometrics. As economists they use economic theory to analyze problems; as mathematicians they formulate economic theory appropriate for statistical testing; as accountants they collect economic data; as applied...

How Does an Economist Solve a Problem When No Formula Exists?

Economists Ram Tamara and Robert Damuth were asked to determine whether legislation to limit the amount of debt that a nonfinancial corporation can hold in its capital structure was feasible. Here, they explain how they conducted their analysis in the absence of a formula or an off-the-shelf...

Counter Vulnerability with Productivity

Preparing Cambodia’s Garment Sector for Continued SuccessThe value of Cambodia’s garment exports grew from $26 million in 1995 to $1.6 billion in 2004. The sector now produces 80 percent of the country’s exports, accounts for one-eighth of GDP, and employs 250,000 people directly. Another 2.5...

Boosting Productivity to Raise Competitiveness

Sri Lankan ceramics industry improving at the factory levelOn August 30, 2005, The Competitiveness Program managed by Nathan Associates and JE Austin Associates signed an agreement with the Sri Lanka Ceramics Council to assist with the council’s Factory Improvement Program on a cost-share basis.Sri...

Sri Lanka Gets Help on PR Campaign to Restore Tourists’ Confidence

The Competitiveness Program gets another $ million for a PR campaign to re-attract tourists to the island.

Sri Lanka’s hopes for the return of tourists in 2005 will get a boost from the new Tourism Communications Project. Managed by Nathan Associates and J.E. Austin Associates, the project is...

Partnership Agreement in Croatia

As noted in the Financial Times (March 9, 2005), the Association of Croatian Exporters (HIZ) and USAID signed a partnership agreement on March 9 in Zagreb. This agreement is the latest accomplishment of the Croatia ESP project.Started in September 2004, the project aims to promote job creation,...

India Underinvested in Domestic IT

Released by India’s Planning Commission on April 28, 2005, a recent study by Nathan Associates and Sallstrom Consulting and supported by Microsoft Corp., India, reveals that India’s impressive performance as an IT exporter is not matched in its domestic markets.According to the study, India is...

Weyerhaeuser Ordered to Pay $460 Million in Damages

On April 5, 2005, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta ordered Weyerhaeuser Corporation to pay Paragon Trade Brands Inc. nearly $460 million in damages. The damages award is based almost entirely on the calculations of Nathan Associates President and CEO John Beyer.Trouble began in 1993 when...

Livelihood of 1,500 Sri Lankan Women Restored After Tsunami

Joining hands with Sri Lanka’s coir industry, the USAID-funded Competitiveness Program managed by Nathan Associates distributed 500 coir spinning reels to village women. —When the tsunami washed away thousands of homes along Sri Lanka’s southern coast last December, hundreds of village women lost...

Nathan Staff and Family Reach Out to Tsunami Survivors in Sri Lanka

The following email message was written by Carmen Varley, wife of John Varley, Nathan’s Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Competitiveness Project in Sri Lanka. The Varleys, who live in Colombo, opened their home to tsunami survivors who had been visiting Sri Lanka.January 11, 2005; 12 pmOn...

Jordanian Students Pursue Careers in Tourism Management

The sun and sea and mountains change color by the hour in Aqaba, Jordan's only port city, and an ideal place to visit any time of the year. But Aqaba has reached only half of its potential as a world-class tourism destination.A shortage of skilled labor to support tourism is one of several...

Jordan’s New Employment Center Matches Job Seekers with Employers

His Majesty King Abdullah’s vision of “a better life for all Jordanians” is finally within the reach of hundreds of unemployed Jordanians. A new National Employment Center that matches job seekers with employers promises to lower the country’s unemployment rate, estimated at 14.5 percent, and boost...

Trade Fairs—Centerpiece of Salvadoran Exports

Under the watchful eye of Nathan trade specialists, 15 Salvadoran companies exporting fruit teas, organic coffee, cashews, honey, nutritional supplements, soaps, lotions, herbal medicines, indigo dye, and other items gathered at Natural Products Expo East in Washington last month “to get to know...

Nathan Trade Adviser Appointed Chief Trade Negotiator for Zambia

Dorothy Tembo, Nathan Associates’ Trade Adviser for the Zambia Trade and Investment Enhancement (ZAMTIE) project, was appointed Zambia’s official Chief Trade Negotiator in the summer of 2004. Since then, Ms. Tembo has established a Department of Foreign Trade in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, and...

The Economic Impact of Protecting Northern Right Whales

As reported in the Washington Post, right whale 1909 was found dead on a North Carolina beach on November 24th, prompting renewed urgency in calls for speed limits for ships traveling along the mid-Atlantic coast. Working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National...

Salvadoran Companies to Seek U.S. Buyers at Natural Products Expo East

Garnering nearly $1 million in sales by attending BIOFACH 2004 in Germany, El Salvadoran companies hope to duplicate their success by attending Natural Products Expo East, the world’s largest natural products trade fair, at the Washington, DC Convention Center, October 14-17, 2004. Since January...

Sri Lanka’s "Champagne" of Rubber Debuts in U.S. and Global Markets

U.S. industrial consumers in search of superior rubber for sophisticated products need look no further than Lankeprene--Sri Lanka's latex crepe and the champagne of natural rubber. Lankeprene is the purest form of natural rubber, lowest in protein, lightest in color, and ideal for manufacturing...

Boosting Small Business Performance in Croatia

Nathan to help create 20,000 jobs  Even as European companies have seized a significant share of Croatia’s domestic market in food products, apparel, housewares, hardware, and furnishings, opportunities abound for Croatian companies to grow and entrepreneurs to prosper by selling to local and...

Franz Wolf, Former Nathan Economist

When interviewed in 2000 as a “centenarian,” Franz Wolf attributed his longevity to deep devotion to family and his love for his work as an economist. Nathan Associates was fortunate to benefit from Mr. Wolf’s formidable skills as an economist ffrom 1953 until 1986, when he stepped down from the...

Nathan to Support Development of Aqaba Special Economic Zone

Jordan’s only port town, Aqaba, has the potential to become a world-class tourist destination.  Building on Aqaba’s long history as a shipping hub and locus of industrialization, Jordan is working to develop the region into the country’s southern economic growth pole. A master plan is already in...

Jordan Committed to Helping its Poor Help Themselves

After months of technical assistance, the USAID-funded Jordan Poverty Alleviation project, led by Nathan Associates’ Chief of Party Janet Hansen, achieved one of its principal goals: reorganization of the National Aid Fund (NAF).  Prime Minister Faisal Fayez announced the government’s commitment to...

Nathan Chief of Party Elected to American Chamber of Commerce in Croatia

The influence of the highly successful Croatian Competitiveness Initiative (CCI) was recognized in the recent election of Charles Conconi, Nathan Associates’ Chief of Party for the project, to the Board of Governors of Croatia’s American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham). A USAID-funded program, CCI has...

Groundbreaking Public-Private Partnership is Model for South Africa

The public-private partnership behind a new campus for South Africa's Department of Industry and Trade is a social and political groundbreaker. The campus is the first new construction under the auspices of South Africa's new government and the first project guided by the Public Finance Management...

Nathan Associates Presents Economic Case for Cyprus Settlement

Politics often trump economics--at least temporarily. In The Hague (Netherlands), Turkish Cypriot leaders rejected the most recent attempt by the international community to settle the Cyprus problem--the state of war between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots that has prevailed since 1974. Between...

Nathan Associates Joins Mongolia’s Civil Aviation Delegation

Roger Manring, Nathan Associates’ team leader for the Mongolia Civil Aviation Policy Development Project, joined Mongolia’s delegation attending the 40th Conference of Directors General of Civil Aviation for the Asia-Pacific Regions. Sponsored by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO...

South Africa's Brain Gain

Mandela Economic Scholars Program provides skilled economists for South Africa's public and private sectors. Newly minted economists launch alumni association to foster debate on economic issues.When Apartheid ended in 1994 few South Africans of color had economics degrees. The shortage of black...

Americans Might Even Prove Useful

The Competitiveness Initiative, managed and staffed by Nathan Associates and partner J.E. Austin Associates, was praised in the May 14th edition of Poslovni Tjednik, a Croatian business weekly, for “achieving what certain governmental or business institutions haven’t been able to achieve in years...

Nathan Associates Co-sponsors Seminar on Islamic Banking

Dr. Thomas Timberg presented “Islamic Banking in Indonesia,” and the “Blueprint for the Development of Shariah Banking in Indonesia” at a seminar March 18, 2003, at Nathan Associates Inc., 2101 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1200, Arlington, Virginia.Sponsored by the IRIS Center and Nathan Associates in...

Former HHS Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Leads Jordan Poverty Alleviation Program

Visionary leader and consensus builder, top-level manager and policymaker, skilled communicator and family advocate. These terms come to mind when colleagues describe Carmen Nazario. A career public servant, Carmen Nazario has spent the past 25 years planning, managing, and directing social service...

Sri Lanka Competing in the Global Marketplace

Did you know that . . . The seat in your Mercedes comes from Sri Lankan coconuts? Your high-end ceramic dishes were designed and produced in Sri Lanka? The cinnamon in your curry is Sri Lanka's finest? The world's best tea is harvested in Sri Lanka's high country?Eight industries in Sri Lanka are...

Accelerating Export and Investment . . . Egypt

Since joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, Egypt has made steady progress toward participation in the global economy. But before the country can fully benefit from freer trade and speed the growth of exports and investments, it must build its capacity to analyze, negotiate, and...

Measuring Economic Freedom

What is the best way to measure economic freedom in a developing country? Are the most effective measures external or internal? Imposed from outside a society or embraced from within it? The answers to these questions may affect how the U.S. Government implements an ambitious new foreign aid...

New Board Chairman Elected

Joseph R. Gunn has been elected chairman of Nathan Associates' board of directors following a 27-year career with the firm. Mr. Gunn retired in 1994 as a senior vice president, but continued to work for the firm as an economic expert in litigation cases and before federal regulatory agencies. He...

NAFTA Panel Rules on Mexican Truckers' Access

Should Mexico’s trucking firms be allowed to do business in the United States and invest in U.S. trucking firms? A NAFTA dispute settlement panel recently ruled on these issues, offering a qualified “yes” as a final judgment. The ruling is the first substantive analysis of a services discrimination...

Honeywell Settles Litton Lawsuit for $440 Million

Nathan Associates gave testimony on antitrust violations in both damage trialsHoneywell International recently agreed to pay Northrop Grumman Corporation $440 million, ending 11 years of litigation. In the original lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in 1990, Litton Systems (...

Jordan's National Strategy to Alleviate Poverty

4/30/2002The half million Jordanians who wake up each day in poverty have reason to hope. In May His Majesty King Abdullah launched a comprehensive social safety net program to combat poverty at all levels and boost the skills and resources of the country’s most disenfranchised families. Billed "...

Robert R. Nathan, 1908-2001, In Appreciation

Economist, adviser, visionary, humanitarian—Robert R. Nathan, founder of Nathan Associates died September 4, 2001, at the age of 92.A renowned economist who could explain complex economic theories in plain language, Bob Nathan was among the first economists to apply economic theories in the...

Bringing Cashmere to Market in Mongolia

Cashmere prices may go down some day thanks to Cashmere Market Days, a trade fair organized by Nathan Associates' Mongolia Competitiveness Initiative and the Gobi Regional Economic Growth Initiative. Initiated in June 2001, the fair will be repeated in May and June, 2002. First-time ResultsHeld in...

Mandela Economics Scholars in Trade Negotiation Exercise

Nathan Associates led simulated trade negotiations for 35 Mandela Economic Scholars as part of a workshop held May 2-5, 2001, in Arlington, Virginia. The simulated negotiations were led by Lance Graef, Vice President of Nathan Associates' International Trade Policy Group (photo), and C. Michael...

Marketing Mongolia in Chicago

As part of the Competitiveness Initiative, representatives of the Mongolian tourism industry attended the International Adventure Travel and Outdoor Sports Show (IATOS) in Chicago from February 15-18, 2001. This was the first time that Mongolian ground operators had targeted the American market for...

Nathan Associates' Rent Control Study Sparks Controversy

Ending rent control in the District of Columbia would have minimal effects on District residents and "relatively few tenants would be at risk of a [rent] increase." These and other conclusions of Nathan Associates' study of rent control in the District of Columbia met with vigorous and emotional...

Nathan Honored for Role in Commerce Department's Achievement of the Century

On December 7, 1999, the U.S. Department of Commerce honored Robert R. Nathan for his role in developing the most important economic measures of this century—the National Income and Product Accounts and their key component, the Gross Domestic Product.Secretary of Commerce William M. Daley presented...

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