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Monthly Archives: April 2010
3。如果有class presentation，可以安排在一个特殊的星期，比如halloween, st. patric day等。鼓励学生present的时候dress up。当然自己要首当其冲dress up。出了学东西外，having fun也很重要。新东方为什么那么火？除了学点儿技巧和交流信息外，自己最大的收获就是能在那么boiring的一段时间里keep my spirit high.现在对新东方的回忆就只有玉米糊的笑话了。
Bernanke Urges Cut In Deficit
By Luca Di Leo and Jared A. Favole
By Geoff Dyer in Beijing
By Luca Di Leo and Jared A. Favole
28 April 2010
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. needed to come up with a plan to cut the budget deficit soon, telling a White House debt commission it should look at how the tax system could be changed.
Mr. Bernanke’s remarks Tuesday kicked off the first meeting of an 18-member panel charged with drafting ideas to reduce the country’s $1.4 trillion annual deficit. President Barack Obama created the panel, which includes congressional Republicans and Democrats.
Two former Congressional Budget Office directors said the biggest threats were ballooning health-care costs, interest on money borrowed from abroad, Social Security and taxes.
Mr. Bernanke has not spoken about taxes for a while. The Fed chief is being more cautious on the subject than his predecessor, Alan Greenspan, who made the controversial move of endorsing President George W. Bush’s tax cuts in 2001.
Mr. Bernanke said the U.S. would ultimately have to decide between raising taxes, cutting Social Security or Medicare, or spending less on everything from education to defense. Mr. Bernanke didn’t make specific recommendations.
Ahead of the meeting, groups on both sides voiced doubt that the panel could succeed, particularly in an election year. "When we say everything is on the table, does that include the new health-care bill?" asked Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.). The right worries the panel will recommend tax increases, while the left says it could seek entitlement cuts.
The debt panel is chaired by former GOP. Sen. Alan Simpson and Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles. It must report back by Dec. 1.
China to hit US chicken with new tariffs
By Geoff Dyer in Beijing
April 28 2010
China will impose new tariffs on US imports of chicken of as much as 31.4 per cent, raising the temperature in the ongoing trade tussles between the two countries.
China’s Commerce ministry on Wednesday announced that the new tariffs were a response to what it said were unfair subsidies given to poultry farmers in the US. The duties come on top of tariffs of up to 105.4 per cent that China placed on US poultry two months ago because of alleged dumping, and industry analysts said they would likely end US poultry exports to China.
The new tariffs come at a time when economic friction between the two countries appears to be relaxing. The US Treasury department has delayed its decision over whether it thinks China is manipulating its currency and Beijing has signalled that it will abandon its dollar peg.
However, Wednesday’s news underlined the thorny bilateral trade issues between the two countries. Earlier this year, China threatened to impose sanctions on a number of leading US companies for participating in a planned arms deal with Taiwan.
China has become the biggest export market for the US poultry industry with sales of $722m in 2008. Chinese consumers favour chicken wings and feet, parts of the bird that are usually shunned in the US, which means that they can fetch prices 20 times higher in the Chinese market.
Although there have been complaints from Chinese companies for several years about surging US chicken imports, the Beijing government announced it would investigate US poultry imports two weeks after the Obama administration said in September that it would impose tariffs on Chinese imports of tires.
This is the first time that China has imposed duties on imports of agricultural goods on the grounds of alleged subsidies, following similar duties placed on some US specialist steel products last year. The Commerce ministry did not say how it had calculated the level of subsidies received by US farmers, although it said it was a result of the subsidised corn and soybeans that they use in chicken feed.
Under the new ruling, US companies which submitted information to the Chinese government investigation would face duties of 3.8 per cent to 11.2 per cent, while companies which did not co-operate would face duties of 31.4 per cent.
亚利桑那通过州立法，给予警察权力可以检查可疑人的移民文件。以前对移民身份的检查只能通过移民局。比如有人犯罪后被警察抓了，警察怀疑是非法移民，可以交到当地移民局由他们处理。根据新的法律，和警察有任何“legal contact“ 的人，如果警察怀疑你的身份，他可以要求你出示合法居留的身份，不然警察有权拘留你。提醒一句，在亚利桑那州上学的同学，请随身携带I-20和护照，不然被警察拘留了，人生就又完整了一把。什么是“legal contact“呢，包括闯红灯，stop sign没有fully stop，超速等被警察抓；在家里被老公或老婆家暴后打911报警等。
我的观点：1。只要收入差距够大，非法移民的问题没办法解决。2。如果只从经济角度出发，移民促进更有效的配置劳动力资源，应该大大鼓励。3。但移民也是一个政治问题。经济地位决定个人观点。high-skill labor一般对非法移民更同情。这部分人的工作机会不会被非法移民抢走。另外非法移民的涌入会降低low-skill workers的相对工资。这样high-skill workers的实际收入增加。给我们家做yard work，打扫卫生的都是墨西哥人。除了老板，很多人英文都不会说，很可能是非法移民。这些公司的报价很低。根据我们家yard work的价格我估算了一下，干这种工作人的工资最多是$7-8一个小时。如果没有非法移民，估计价格要高很多。相反，low-skill workers就业收入情况恶化，当然哭着喊着要反对非法移民了。
This blog article contains some useful information for those that plan to find an academic position in China.
I am pretty sure that this does not apply to econ and business fresh phds.
I am teaching an international economics class this semester. A student did not show up regularly in my lectures and received 50 out of 100 in the midterm. Then he sent me an email after the midterm, asking if it is still likely to receive AT LEAST a B for this class. I told him that if he showed me his efforts and did well in the final and other assignments for the rest of the semester, a B is still something possible. Then I only saw him once after the midterm. I thought that he had droped from the class. But he contacted me again recently and said he was still enrolled in the class. The reason for his absence from my lectures is because he was too busy. In addition, he is still expecting to receive a B or even better from my class because otherwise, he is going to lose funding. I really don’t understand how someone can come up with such an unrealistic expectation. It has shaken my belief on rational expectations so much that I decided to work on a paper in the field of behavior finance.
本来不想抱怨的。。毕竟是天灾。。默哀是应该的。。而且我又天高皇帝远的。。可是俺的菜得停收一天 常去的论坛关闭一天 =皿= 这是什么道理！实在看不出停止娱乐和帮助救灾之间有一毛钱关系大家不娱乐了就能减轻灾区人民的痛苦？集体悼念祈祷就能解决各种物资紧缺的问题？稍微仔细考虑恐怕是负相关关系吧比如游戏网站停止运营一天->收入降低->利润降低->纳税减少 or 公司捐款减少水产社会就是这样构建的？真是笑话。。