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Nathan to Host Roundtable on Vietnam and Asia Pacific Trade Policy

Nathan to Host Roundtable on Vietnam and Asia Pacific Trade Policy

Changing Tides: Vietnam’s Opportunity to Shape Asia Pacific Trade Policy May 13, 2017 – JW Marriot Hotel Hanoi Roundtable Discussion from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Reception to follow As global forces in trade shift and new technologies shake traditional trade models, governments and businesses face the challenge of developing new norms for trade policy. Vietnam, as the host of APEC and a leading global trader, has a unique opportunity to shape trade policy in the region and internationally. Join us as we examine trade-disrupting trends and discuss how Vietnam can ...
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Nathan Associates India Analyzes Scope and Potential of the Indian Fintech Market

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 demand, supply, policy and regulatory environment, and other support functions and enablers of the fintech market in India. Indian fintech has primarily supplied digital payment services, as well as personal finance, wealth management, alternative lending, and data analytics services. However, fintech firms in India have access to a ...
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Nathan’s Hayek Explores Gauging Infringement Damages after Samsung v. Apple

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 Samsung v. Apple. The ruling, which threw out a lower court’s judgment awarding Apple almost $400 million in damages, could signify the use of a stricter standard for determining damages in design patent infringement cases where the patent applies to a component rather than the entire product ...
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Nathan Study Shows Path to Greater STEM Participation by APEC Women

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 fields across the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. Since 2014, APEC economies have committed to championing key factors of women’s economic advancement as benchmarked by the Women and the Economy Dashboard. A project of APEC’s Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE), the Dashboard uses economic ...
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Kleit Makes Case in Journal for Deregulated Electricity

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 consumers and a more environmentally friendly and reliable electricity grid, wrote Dr. Kleit, founding chair of the Pennsylvania State University program in Energy and Business Finance. While Dr. Kleit acknowledges that businesses have thus far benefited more than residential consumers from deregulation, he maintains that greater competition is the fastest way to allow ...
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Indian Women’s Work Environments Vary Widely By State

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 institution, examined four criteria: legal restrictions on working hours in three sectors; responsiveness of the justice system to crimes, including harassment, against women on the job and during their commutes; women as a percentage of all workers; and official incentives for female entrepreneurs. Tiny Sikkim in the ...
Haiti Website Eases Trade

Haiti Website Eases Trade

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 potential importers and exporters. The portal is the first of its kind in the Caribbean basin. The World Bank financed the creation of the portal, which aims to lower transaction costs for traders, boost interagency collaboration, and move Haiti toward greater participation in global trade through fuller compliance with ...
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Report Examines Authorized Economic Operator Programs in APEC Region

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 the customs administrations to determine how the programs, designed to help move goods efficiently yet securely, converge and diverge. The report updates the 2010 APEC AEO Compendium done by APEC’s Policy Support Unit. Seventeen of the 21 member economies have operational AEO programs in varying stages of development. The report ...