Generates insights into the institutional, political, cultural, and historical factors that shape our responses to deepening economic integration and the challenges of globalization. Current issues in the Business & Economics Program include Trade and Financial Governance, which looks at macroeconomic discrepancies, studies the responses of central banks and fiscal authorities to current challenges, and analyzes transatlantic trade and growth. Educating the Future Workforce assesses ongoing workforce development and labor market challenges for the United States and Europe. It seeks lessons on work-based learning systems and their role in boosting employment and economic growth from other countries’ experiences in an effort to apply them to the United States. Under the topic Energy and Climate Policy, it examines European energy security and the economic impact of energy and environmental policy.

There are rough times ahead for the ideas of free trade and globalization. U.S. president Donald Trump (who seems to prefer less rather than more economic openness), the Brexit vote, or the anti-TTIP mood in Germany: wherever you look, the rejection of globalization is widespread. Apparently, many people want more than just a promise that …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Germany, Italy Grow Less Than Forecast Amid Global Uncertainties (Bloomberg) EU clears German plan for electric vehicle charging network (Reuters) Germany’s Worrying Squeeze (Bloomberg) Germany committed to Greece bailout programme – Merkel spokesman (Reuters) EU-Canada Trade Agreement Wins European Parliament …Read More

The Southeast region of the United States has a strong manufacturing industry and a growing immigrant population. The region is also home to about 300 German companies that have brought their traditions of apprenticeship and training programs with them. Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city, has become an emerging immigrant gateway, with its foreign-born population having …Read More

The eight participants of the Business & Economics Program group came together for a second virtual meeting on January 26, 2017. The discussion focused on future challenges for the American and European economies under the new U.S. administration. Among the issues the group confronted was the question of what an “America First” approach means to …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics German gold repatriation ahead of schedule (DW) Germany urges more investments in Africa (DW) Uncertainty surrounding Trump’s travel ban hurting airlines, U.S. tourism (CBS News) World stocks extend gains sparked by Trump tax cut vow (The Washington Post) Germany’s Global …Read More

Hardly any economist would have disagreed if Peter Navarro, new chief trade adviser to President Trump, had just restated the standard textbook wisdom: that a common currency cannot fit well the diverging needs of economies that are hit by asymmetric shocks. But Mr. Navarro’s statement was significantly more original, claiming that Germany is using a …Read More

A Collection from This Week’s News on Important Issues for German-American Relations Business and Economics Trans-Atlantic Mood Sours as Merkel Refutes Trump on Euro (Bloomberg) ECB has an inflation problem … called Germany (Politico) Merkel rejects U.S. comments, says Germany cannot influence euro (Reuters) Germany’s exporters fear Trump effect on trade (Financial Times) U.S. protectionism …Read More

There are some words in German that are hard to translate: Gemütlich, fahrvernügnen, or Gesamtkonzept Mittelstand is another example. Technically it means small and middle-sized firms. But that is an elastic definition as the actual size can be very small or very large. The vast majority of companies in Germany—and in the U.S. —can be classified …Read More

As Germany assumes the Presidency of the G20 largest world economies, a new U.S. president takes office, and uncertainties surround the future of the global economic order, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University is launching a new Geoeconomics Project in 2017. Peter S. Rashish, who counts over 25 years of …Read More

The hometown Washington Redskins may have just missed making it to the playoffs of the National Football League championships this season. But they showed once again how important a strong offense is to success, especially when the team’s defense is not performing at a world-class level. What is true for professional sports also holds for …Read More

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