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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 Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS), Nathan and its partner Earth Tech, Inc. are studying the economic impact on the shipping industry, commercial fishing, and consumers of proposed measures to protect Northern right whales¾one of the most endangered large whales in the world. While Northern right whales are prohibited from being hunted and killed, some right whales ...
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Sri Lanka Competing in the Global Marketplace

Date: 2001-2005 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 gearing up to compete and succeed in global markets, thanks in part to a project managed by Nathan Associates Inc. In the first phase of The Competitiveness Initiative Nathan helped the coir, ceramics, spices, tea, jewelry, rubber, IT, and tourism industries form industry clusters ...
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Measuring Economic Freedom

Date: 2001-2005 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 program over the next few years. The Millennium Challenge Account: a new direction for foreign aid According to President Bush, “countries that live by . . . three broad standards—ruling justly, investing in people, and encouraging economic freedom—will receive more aid from America” under the Millennium Challenge Account, or MCA ...
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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 also remained active in overseas consulting, traveling to Russia as part of a World Bank team of U.S. and European antitrust economists and attorneys to advise regional antimonopoly committees. Before joining Nathan Associates in 1967, Mr. Gunn spent six years as an economic advisor to the Minister of Commerce in ...
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Robert R. Nathan, 1908-2001, In Appreciation

Date: 2001-2005 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 marketplace. Before the Great Depression, economists worked almost exclusively in the ivory towers of academe. But the stock market crash of 1929 changed everything, especially for Bob Nathan. He would spend a good part of the Depression gathering unemployment statistics, which gave him a keen insight into the free enterprise system. Later, this insight ...
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Honeywell Settles Litton Lawsuit for $440 Million

Nathan Associates gave testimony on antitrust violations in both damage trials Honeywell 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 (acquired by Northrop Grumman in 2001) contended that Honeywell used unfair business practices to dominate the aircraft navigational systems market. At the time, Litton and Honeywell were the only suppliers of ring-laser gyroscopes?technology that provides aircraft navigational systems essential information about an airplane’s movements. The technology is used on all modern commercial aircraft. Litton claimed not only ...
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Jordan’s National Strategy to Alleviate Poverty

Date: 2001-2005 4/30/2002 The 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 “Poverty Alleviation for a Stronger Jordan” and based on a report by the Ministry of Social Development, the strategy was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers in June. Nathan president attends strategy launch After attending the May ceremony launching the poverty alleviation strategy, Nathan President John Beyer recalled the U.S ...
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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 exercise its rights in and comply with WTO agreements. (more…) ...