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Tax Inversion: Pfizer, Burger King, Obama, Adam Smith and Chinese Walls

When US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer made overtures to acquire the British company AstraZeneca in 2014, it brought the phenomenon of “tax inversion” into the global headlights. Driving this proposed move by Pfizer, and later by Burger King and Chiquita Banana (among many others), was the fact that in late 2014, the combined state-federal income tax in the US was 40 percent compared to 21 percent in the UK. More ›

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights Economics Executive MBA Farrokh Langdana Finance MBA Taxation

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Why the Fed left rates alone

On September 17, the Federal Reserve (Fed) decided to keep short-term interest rates near zero, where they have been hovering since 2009. Professor Farrokh Langdana explores the implications for not raising rates at this time and what might happen when they do go up. More ›

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights Economics Executive MBA Farrokh Langdana Finance MBA

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Chinese Cyber-Espionage on U.S. Companies: Is it really a case of the pot calling the kettle black?

In the U.S., the role of government and its interests are separate from those of private business. The Chinese government sees its role as allied and interpenetrated with business. The Chinese have a very different notion of nationalism and solidarity that idealizes a Utopian vision of all noses pointing in the same direction, to promote China. By contrast, the American war of independence from Britain was fought on the very principle that government should keep its nose out of private business and not tax, or overly regulate, commerce. More ›

Monday, September 28, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights Cyber Security Farok Contractor International Business

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The refugee crisis - Does Europe benefit or lose? The angle not covered by the media

Most of the migrants are young and will swell the labor force. From a simple Economics 101 point of view, yes—wages could drop very slightly as the supply of labor across Europe increases. But pictures on television and other media showing invading hordes miss the larger story. More ›

Monday, September 14, 2015

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Seeking Safety Abroad: The Hidden Story in China's FDI Statistics

In August there were no deep fundamental economic reasons for the simultaneous swoon of stock markets around the world, Rutgers Business School professor Farok Contractor writes. The Chinese economy is slowing down from the heady days of 10 percent or more annual growth rate to a mere 6 or 7 percent. So absurd is the news hype and consequent global angst, amplified by the internet and media, that a 7 percent growth rate – ordinarily the envy of most nations – is instead portrayed as a reason to sell assets. More ›

Thursday, September 10, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights China Farok Contractor International Business Management and Global Business

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Farrokh Langdana: Interest rates and the liquidity trap

Professor Farrokh Langdana discusses the role of interest rates on economic activity and the hazards of the "liquidity trap." More ›

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights Economics Executive MBA Farrokh Langdana Finance Liquidity Video

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Market forces made China devaluation inevitable

Professor Farrokh Langdana dives deep into everything from pegged currencies to foreign exchange (FX) reserves, to exploding pegs and sudden devaluations. More ›

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights China Currency Executive MBA Farrokh Langdana Financial Markets

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Oliver Sheldon: Why good people behave unethically

Professor Oliver Sheldon discusses his research on factors that shape pro-social behavior within teams and organizations. His work seeks to better understand motivational and relational triggers of interpersonal competition and conflict within small groups, with the aim of shedding light on how organizations might improve coordination and collaboration among employees.  More ›

Monday, August 10, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights Ethics Management Management and Global Business Oliver Sheldon Organizational Behavior Video

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Neha Shah: Your own job performance benefits from helping others at work

Neha Shah, a professor of management and global business, discusses her latest research on the benefits of helping others at work, and how it can make you better at your job. Shah studies the antecedents and consequences of workplace relationship networks, with a focus on the trade offs associated with workplace relationships, such as job performance. More ›

Monday, July 27, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights Management Neha Shah Organizational Behavior Social Networks Video

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Job performance benefits from helping others, according to new research by Rutgers Business School professors

Professor Neha Shah worked with her colleague Professor Daniel Levin, who also teaches management at Rutgers, and Professor Rob Cross at the McIntire School of Commerce to look into the understudied implications of providing help. They focused on situations where a person provided task-focused problem-solving assistance to others and whether they benefited – beyond reciprocity – in the process. More ›

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TAGS: Business Insights Daniel Levin Management and Global Business Neha Shah Organizational Behavior Research