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Feb 04, 2016
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ChemChina’s $43 billion bid to take over Swiss seed and pesticide maker Syngenta and similar deals "should be rejected" until “China genuinely opens itself to foreign investment,” says Smith School economist Peter Morici. Syngenta generates about a quarter of its revenue from North America. Read more...

Jan 13, 2016
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Time had run out in 1980. An earth capable of sustaining only a limited number of hungry consumers had been pushed too far, and “The Population Bomb” described by conservation biologist Paul Ehrlich would soon explode. Most in academia accepted the dire warnings about overpopulation and resource depletion. But the late Smith School economist Julian Simon listened to the arguments and recognized a flaw.

Dec 15, 2015
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The Federal Reserve's anticipated move to raise interest rates for the first time since 2006 has economists projecting a matter of time for rates to come back down. But in the near term, Smith School professor Peter Morici says raising the banks’ overnight borrowing rate “has the potential to push up the cost of mortgages, slow jobs creation and curb stock prices but not always.” Read more...

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Dec 10, 2015
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The price of crude oil dipped below $40 for the first time since 2009 this week, a sign of the relentless pressure on oil companies caused by high global output. That followed a decision last Friday by OPEC...

Nov 19, 2015
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In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up, host Jeff Salkin visits the Smith School to sit down with Martin Dresner about his new research that shows the upsides of baggage fees: not just improved the bottom lines for airlines, but also better on-time records and fewer customer complaints about lost bags.

Nov 04, 2015
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Supply chain experts at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have spurred the implementation of a new system that will accelerate trade and save U.S. businesses money and time. Soon, the current paper-based system required by the U.S. government to import or export cargo will give way to the new “single window,” electronic data collection process, dubbed the International Trade Data System. It becomes mandatory in February 2016.

Oct 28, 2015
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A dispute among U.S. and Gulf carriers over international routes might come down to differences in accounting practices, an Emirates Airlines official said Oct. 14, 2015, during a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) forum in College Park, Md.

Oct 26, 2015
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Consumer spending indicates Americans are not affected by financial market volatility and economic troubles abroad. "Retail sales have been good," as "consumers have been spending at a rate of about three-and-a-half percent per-annum growth both in the second and third quarters,” Smith School professor and economist Peter Morici told the Wall Street Journal in a recent podcast....

Oct 23, 2015
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A team of MBA students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business developed and presented a health care management solution to capture the fourth annual Cognizant Business Consulting Case Competition.

Oct 20, 2015
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When the South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Washington, DC, last week, she brought along a small army of business representatives: 166 in all. The reason isn't a mystery: Korea's growth is slowing...

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