Recent Publications and Resources

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Reform of the WTO: Basic Issues and Concerns

2000 A brief examination of the issues of transparency and decision making in the WTO ...
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Building National Core WTO Expertise

Without core WTO expertise a country cannot participate effectively in the multilateral trade system (MTS). But what does effective participation mean? On the one hand, it means taking advantage of the benefits MTS affords, such as increased access to markets. And on the other hand, it means meeting the obligations of the system ...
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Scratches on the Sands of Time: Prospective Economic Studies of Indian Villages

Originally published in Economic and Political Weekly (June 12, 1999), this comparative review of two long-term studies of village economies concludes that anyone familiar with swathes of the Indian countryside knows of progressive villages typically with strong leadership, indigenous or outside, and weak ones without. The leadership does emerge from nature and history, but it rises and decays as well showing its dependence on particular people. Sometimes it can be institutionalized, even when it is not it may leave lasting legacies or residues. Books Reviewed Economic Development in Palanpur over Five Decades. Edited by Nicholas Stern and Peter Lanjouw. Clarendon ...
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The Economic Dimensions of Intellectual Property

How economists view intellectual property policy formulation and rights enforcement. The costs and benefits of intellectual property protection, infringement damages, antitrust matters, international trade, and technology ...
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Forecasting a Robust Future, an Economic Study of the U.S. Software Industry

This 1999 study examines the impact of software piracy on economic activity. To read the study go to http://www.bsa.org/USA/research and search on “forecast for robust future.” ...
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Turbocharging the U.S. Economy

In Turbocharging the U.S. Economy (1998) Nathan Associates analyzed the economic contribution and importance of the semiconductor industry to the U.S. economy. Sponsored by the Semiconductor Industry Association, the study reveals that the industry has become the leading manufacturing industry in the country, creating $41.6 billion of value for the U.S. economy in 1996. Between 1987 and 1996, the industry contributed more to economic growth than any other manufacturing industry. The study explains how semiconductors have benefited both industry and consumers by fueling high-tech industry growth, raising productivity, and slowing inflation. The study cites industry-specific examples that show how semiconductors ...
An Economic Programme for Korean Reconstruction, 1954

An Economic Programme for Korean Reconstruction, 1954

Satisfactory solutions of Korea’s manifold problems come into proper and reasonable focus only when these problems are examined in the perspective of a comprehensive reconstruction plan. This Report presents such a plan (p. viii). In 1952, Robert R. Nathan Associates was commissioned by the United Nations’ Korean Reconstruction Agency to devise a five-year plan for the economic recovery of South Korea. In this seminal work in postconflict planning, the firm presented a detailed program for stabilizing Korea’s war-torn economy and reinvigorating production and investment. The plan establishes goals for production, consumption, investment, import financing, resource use, pricing, business management, and ...
Economic and Engineering Development of Burma, 1953

Economic and Engineering Development of Burma, 1953

In August 1951, the American engineering firm Knappen Tippets Abbett teamed with Robert R. Nathan Associates to produce an economic and engineering development program for the government of the Union of Burma. The program, finalized in 1953, was one of the first adopted by a developing country in the postwar period of decolonization and a model for other countries to follow. In the interests of sharing our history broadly, we are making available here the entire, two-volume Economic and Engineering Development of Burma, 1953, in a searchable PDF. The report runs to one thousand pages, and so we have broken ...