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T-bird’s Morrison Explores Economic & Historic Parallels Between China and Japan

T-bird’s Morrison Explores Economic & Historic Parallels Between China and Japan

January 20, 2020

Size matters in the global economy. And attention to the global health of China’s economy has much to do with how its vast size makes it a major driver of global growth. China’s trading partners and global investors are closely watching the health of the world’s second-largest economy as the trade war with the United States fuels fears about a global recession. Business in China has been on the rise, but that climb is showing signs of slowing. And China’s leaders are beginning to contend with the country’s slowest pace of growth in nearly three decades. Economic reports at the end of 2019 reveal downbeat Chinese economic data pointing to weaker demand at home and abroad.read more


Move over Game of Thrones, Fintech in 2020 is much more epic

Move Over Game of Thrones, Fintech in 2020 is Much More Epic

December 16, 2019

There is no doubt that, in the coming year, fintech players, from start-ups to unicorns, will keep up their efforts to challenge the traditional great houses of the financial services kingdom. As 2020 comes closer, we would like to offer several observations of the current trends in the kingdom, many of which are likely to continue, and which are reforming the competitive landscape – again.read more


Global Technology Governance: A Multistakeholder Approach

Global Technology Governance: A Multistakeholder Approach

November 6, 2019

The dynamics of the Fourth Industrial Revolution mean that systems of governance are, on the whole, failing to deliver what is needed in terms of minimizing risks and costs, while maximizing opportunities and benefits. This is true at all levels – global, regional, national, subnational and local – and across the public sector, among businesses, in the media and within civil society. Governments and private-sector governance bodies – such as standards bodies – are familiar with the pressure to deliver beneficial governance, and many are responding. However, they are running up against a range of challenges that include barriers to cooperation, gaps in the governance landscape, divergent interests and conflicting incentives.read more


T-bird’s Gamso Investigates Impact of China’s Elephant Ivory Ban

T-bird’s Gamso Investigates Impact of China’s Elephant Ivory Ban

October 18, 2019

Thunderbird is proud of new research by Dr. Jonas Gamso that looks at factors that led to China’s ban on imports and exports of elephant ivory and the impact – politically and economically – of those prohibitions. Jonas Gamso, China's ivory bans: enhancing soft power through wildlife conservation, International Affairs 2019, pp. 1-14, https://doi.org/10.1093/ia/iiz192 Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Royal Institute of International Affairs.read more


How Hong Kong’s protests are affecting its economy

How Hong Kong's Protests are Affecting Its Economy

August 22, 2019

After nearly three months of unrest, the demonstrations in Hong Kong show no signs of slowing down. What began as opposition to a controversial extradition bill has morphed into a broader movement to defend Hong Kong’s wider social and political freedoms. Although the government has withdrawn its proposed legislation, the deep anger and cynicism continues.read more


Industry 4.0: Rise of Global Micro-Influencers

Industry 4.0: Rise of Global Micro-Influencers

August 15, 2019

One core aspect of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is the dramatic change in the ways by which people engage with each other – and the ways companies engage with their consumers. Consider, for example, social platforms like YouTube, Instagram, Weibo, and others. One outcome of the rise of these platforms has been the so-called ‘democratization’ of advertising, with individuals holding as much or even more power than traditional advertisers.read more


By the Numbers: U.S. & China Trade

By the Numbers: U.S. & China Trade

August 8, 2019

Effective negotiation starts with the facts. Amid escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China that threaten to derail global growth, let's consider some key trade metrics.read more


Will the US-China Trade War Change Anything?

Will the US-China Trade War Change Anything?

July 23, 2019

ThunderTalk Panel of Experts on China Trade and Development Agree that China is Playing a Long Game U.S.-China trade talks may have resumed, but a panel of China business experts brought together for this month’s ThunderTalk sponsored by Global Chamber were far from enthusiastic about any imminent progress. The three-member panel of experts on China trade and business growth spoke at Thunderbird as part of the ASU ThunderTalk Summer Series.read more


Is China-U.S. Trade About to Get Back on Track?

Is China-U.S. Trade About to Get Back on Track?

July 1, 2019

The U.S.-China trade war is about to get serious. Sure, many would say it’s already had serious impact on the economies of both countries. Tariffs imposed on China have ushered volatilityinto the U.S. stock market, hurt farmers in rural America, and pushed big investors to bulk up on cash. According to Brookings researchers, tariffs will cost the average American household $831 this year, farmers have suffered more than $1 billion in lost exports, and farm foreclosures in the Midwest are spiking.read more


Research: Immigrant Students Raise  Classroom Performance Across the Board

Research: Immigrant Students Raise Classroom Performance Across the Board

June 24, 2019

Are immigrants a strain on education in host countries? Despite growing political rhetoric calling for limitations on immigration in a number of countries on the basis of the perceived harm being done to local populations, a team of four researchers find no evidence supporting this claim. In fact, they find the contrary. The team of researchers – two from Brigham Young University, one from the University of Albany, and an independent expert on social conditions and educational policy – set out to test claims that immigrant students drain resources from native-born students.read more