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Currencies and Cultures

Why cultures are different can be examined through the multifaceted lens of their currencies, their economic policies, and the very foundations of how money works. Anyone who has traveled abroad immediately senses the cultural differences, even before learning about the language, politics, or history of the people. The tourist is p...

The Historical Origin of the African Economic Crisis

This book illuminates the answers to various major questions on African development related to international trade and finance. It explores the economic interaction between Africa and the now-developed countries (the West) in the past and China today, as well as the legacy of these interactions for Africa’s growth and poverty reduc...

Enhancing and Capturing More Value from the Caribbean Community’s Value Chains

The organization of production processes into a chain of production stages that could be located in different countries, each of which provide a unique advantage, has become a defining characteristic of international trade. Industrial development, the movement of intermediate products, and the trading of final goods and services ar...

The Economy of Russia and Other Post-Soviet Countries

This volume offers analyses of the basic tendencies and the problems of Russia, Eastern Europe, Transcaucasia, Central Asia, and the Baltic states. It covers the Russian economic model; the rates and proportions of the Russian economy; its real, financial, external, and social sectors; investment and fixed assets; human capital; an...

Trade Facilitation and the WTO

With efforts for further substantive liberalization of trade showing little signs of success, focus has shifted to the rationalization and simplification of procedural regulations in international trade. The Agreement on the Trade Facilitation in Goods came into force in 2017, and proposals for similar agreements for trade in servi...

East vs. West

This book explores international development, contrasting the Eastern and Western experiences. It shows that, in the East, the Chinese experience has, in recent years, become shorthand for economic development and internationalization. China continues to build its society on an agricultural basis while simultaneously adapting to te...

A Guide to Financing Mechanisms in International Business Transactions

This book outlines features of international business transactions, and discusses their various associated risks. For the successful completion of an international business transaction, depending on its terms, both parties need access to funds. This text deals with financing mechanisms mainly in the international sale of goods and ...

US Policy toward Chile in the 1970s

This book provides a detailed analysis of the bureaucratic politics of US foreign policymaking with respect to Chile during the 1970s. On the basis of original interviews with key officials from the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations, congressional staffers, human rights activists, and Chilean opposition figures during the Pino...

Selected Issues on Current International Economics and Macroeconomics

This collection of essays provides a readable, non-technical publication which offers a comprehensive presentation of international economics and macroeconomics issues, trends, data, and likely developments. Readers will learn about Industry 4.0, immigration, productivity and monetary policy, among other pressing topics....

Modelling Consumer Financing Behaviour in China

Breaking the bottleneck of SME financing and promoting consumption by lifting consumer credit have become an important way to realize the transformation from wholesale finance to retail finance in China. This book puts the focus on consumer financing, introducing the financing situation, constraints, preferences, and representative...

The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act Revisited

The Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 remains one of the most enigmatic pieces of legislation in the 20th century. Held by some to have caused the Great Depression, and by others to have worsened it, the Act’s underlying motives continue to be the subject of vigorous debate. For example, Dartmouth College economic historian and trade...

The Growth-Oriented Economic Policy of the EU

Growth is slow in the EU, but growth potentialities remain high, in spite of the exit of the UK and in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we can observe a disparity between reality and potentialities. Does the persistent difference between expected and real benefits mean that the EU integration model is not working? No. It continues to be effective, because it is rule-based. However, these rules are not enough to grasp all the potentialities of integration. We need a better-integrated single European market and a more open trade policy, in the framework of health, security, safety, energy, environment and labour standards, establishing the rules of the competition, but leaving the economic agents free to act.The book explores Brexit, capital markets, energy, health and bilateral trade policies with the main European partners, in the light of their effects and contribution to European growth. It emerges that this huge trade block is vital but must find the political capacity to move towards a closer integration, to close the gap between reality and potentiality. The text will appeal to a public interested in the economic problems of the EU, and will be of interest to policy makers and all those who are involved in the process, from proposals to decisions, of making a more integrated Europe.
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