President Trump is prepping to tackle a nearly $500 billion problem. While the path of his quest is far from certain, Trump's directive to his trade officials to start preparing for an investigation on China's intellectual property policies was welcomed by an industry that has struggled with counterfeiting and piracy for years.
How China consumes -- or doesn't -- American entertainment is of major importance to the U.S. film and television industry, which is the world's largest and supports around 2 millions jobs in the country with a reported $134 billion in wages.
Beijing has forced a long list of American companies to enter joint ventures or share research with Chinese players, part of a broader push to create its own technology giants. From makers of smartphones to chips to electric cars, American businesses have reluctantly agreed, fearful of losing access to China, which has the second-largest economy in the world.
“The future is already here -- it’s just not very evenly distributed,” is an oft-repeated William Gibson line. (Especially by bloggers, I would imagine.) It’s an insight that may help explain the odd disconnect between innovation and productivity. If you look at the broad US economic growth and productivity statistics for the past decade -- actually a little longer -- it’s sort of like Silicon Valley doesn’t exist.
China's economy is a lot more resilient than the West thinks, according to one of Wall Street's most distinguished voices on the region. Stephen Roach, who was chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, believes the world's second largest economy is on the cusp of an even bigger growth spurt -- thanks to new technological advances and a booming consumer.
Retailing is dead. Sales clerks are losing their jobs by the thousands. The employment picture for young people with only a high school education is going to get even worse. And all this is happening because of Amazon and its ilk, which are driving the shift among consumers toward e-commerce. We've heard this story over and over in recent months: The echo chamber keeps repeating that the retail apocalypse is upon us.
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economists say America’s opioid epidemic is probably sidelining people in their prime working years and contributing to the stubbornly low rate of men and women who are either employed or looking for jobs. “Use of both legal prescription pain relievers and illegal drugs is part of the story of declining prime-age participation, especially for men,” Goldman economists wrote in the study released Wednesday.
As the technology of the world progresses exponentially, and as many industries gradually but surely move towards high levels of automation, skills acquired in higher level education will begin to replace those begotten by physical labor. Many have correctly expressed feeling of worry that having machines replace laborers will cause many jobs to cease to exist.
America's corporate tax system is broken, posing a long-term threat to investment, innovation, and job creation in the United States. The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world – higher than France, Brazil, Venezuela, and dozens of other nations. As a consequence, there are $3 trillion in earnings from U.S. companies locked overseas that otherwise could be invested in the American economy. This makes no sense. Our tax laws should encourage investment here at home.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recently released a giant report on how information technology is influencing the US workforce. I recommend it to anyone interested in job creation, labor-force participation, economic growth, and/or technology. It’s chock-full of interesting findings and ideas for future research.