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Research Articles

May 09, 2019

US Trade Deficit Edges Up To $50.0B as China Deficit Shrinks to Lowest in Five Years

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist

The US trade deficit in goods and services edged up in March to $50.0 billion, slightly worse than February’s $49.3 billion. But the big news in today’s report from the Department of Commerce was that the US goods deficit with China has fallen significantly,...

May 07, 2019

When Chinese Networks Spy On Their Users

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist

On April 30th, global wireless telecom company Vodafone went public with a statement to Bloomberg News saying that the London-based wireless provider found “hidden backdoors,” i.e. multiple security flaws in the wireless network supplied by Chinese network provider Huawei.

Tax · April 26, 2019

Does Nike Play Fair in Oregon?

By David Morse, Tax Policy Associate Director

Multinational companies are on the verge of outmaneuvering small domestic companies in Oregon by avoiding the business taxes that domestic companies pay. Specifically, Nike is close to ensuring the Oregon Joint Committee on Student Success raises taxes on businesses using a gross receipts tax...

April 25, 2019

The US is the world leader in 5G; We’re just missing one piece

By Jeff Ferry, Chief Economist

There is widespread concern in the US, ranging from cable TV shows right up to the White House, that the US is losing the race for 5G wireless networks. The concern is right, but the analysis is wrong.

April 17, 2019

February Trade Deficit Improves 3.4% To $49.4B As China Deficit Hits Best Level in 23 Months

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist

The US trade deficit in goods and services for February was $49.4 billion, an improvement of 3.4 percent over the January figure of $51.1 billion, providing more evidence that tariffs are reducing the US deficit. That’s according to figures published today...

Tax · April 11, 2019

What is the Golden Age of Taxation?

By David Morse, Tax Policy Associate Director

“There is not going to be a return to a golden age of tax, this is about change,” declared Will Morris, chair of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD’s Committee on Taxation and Fiscal Policy.

March 27, 2019

January US Trade Deficit Improves By $8.8B as China Deficit Shrinks to 7-Month Low

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist

The US trade deficit in January 2019 shrunk dramatically, coming in at $51.1 billion, $8.8 billion below the December level and $1.9 billion below the year-ago January level.

March 06, 2019

US Trade Deficit Hits $621B in 2018; Goods Deficit & China Deficit Hit New Records

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist

Data published this morning by the Department of Commerce show that US trade figures continued to worsen in December and for the year 2018, in response to the strengthening dollar, a fast-growing US economy, and a surge in imports to front-run last year’s tariffs,...

March 05, 2019

Chinese Provinces Still Quietly Implementing Made in China 2025

By Steven Byers, CPA Senior Economist

Last summer, Chinese officials began talking about the liberalization of Chinese markets, in response to criticism of the highly nationalist and protectionist Made in China 2025 (MIC2025) strategic plan. That was in response to growing trade tensions with the US, and other foreign governments and...

February 14, 2019

Solar Power Deployments Up 4.5% Last Year as Tariffs Stimulate Manufacturing Expansion

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist

The solar power industry enjoyed a healthy 2018, with solar deployments rising 4.5 percent to 11.6 Gigawatts installed last year.