JERRY HAAR, PH.D.

China a manipulator? Don't give it currency
December 16, 2016
One of the hallmarks of the recent presidential campaign is the president-elect's accusations that China is "the single greatest currency manipulator that's ever been on this planet." Donald Trump is neither a lone voice nor a partisan adversary in citing China for manipulating its currency to gain an (unfair) export advantage in global commerce..... more

Why Populists Are the New Elite
December 4, 2016
Populism has always bubbled beneath the surface of American politics. Periodically, it boils over, as in 1912 with Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive Party, 1924 with Robert LaFollette, Sr., Huey Long’s “Share Our Wealth Movement” in 1934–35, and George Wallace, Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot in the late twentieth century..... more

What Fidel Castro’s Death Won’t Change About Cuba’s Economic Outlook
November 29, 2016
The Wall Street Journal - Fidel Castro’s death has sparked a torrent of questions, including whether President-elect Donald Trump will break with President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy..... more

Election 2016: Are Populists the New Elite?
November 22, 2016
The campaigns of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were built on populist messages that framed the election as a choice between the interests of the working class and “elites.” But who are these so called elites?..... more

United States manufacturing trumps Trump
September 8, 2016
That the presidential campaign is shamefully and frightfully nasty, no one can deny. While both candidates have been accused of playing fast and loose with the truth, it is Donald Trump who emerges as the clear winner in the Electoral College of Mendacity..... more

Brain Drain: Fact? Fiction? Or a Little of Both?
July 14, 2016
Depending upon whom you speak with in the business community, “brain drain” is either a serious problem in South Florida or a fiction that people bandy about..... more

Creating an Ecosystem of Innovation in Latin America
June 23, 2016
The last few years have not been kind to Latin America, economically speaking. And that is an understatement. The region has experienced two consecutive years of negative growth (-0.1% and -0.5%). 2017 will bring a slight improvement only..... more

Smart cities-transforming urban growth and development
May 5, 2016
The intersection of globalization, technology and urbanization - a hallmark of the 21st century - is transforming where we live and how we live. This is especially true as it regards the world's cities..... more

How one company embodies corporate social responsibility
March 20, 2016
CSR can best be understood as a firm’s sense of responsibility towards the community and environment (both ecological and social) in which it operates. Companies express this citizenship (1) through their waste and pollution reduction processes, (2) by contributing educational and social programs and (3) by earning adequate returns on the employed resources.... more

Economic truth vs. political fiction in presidential debates
March 7, 2016
The toxic display of rude behavior and character assassination that has become a hallmark of this presidential primary season are matched only by the disturbing manifest ignorance by some of the candidates about economic issues.... more

My View: Mobile apps, biosciences helping Florida’s economy to blossom
January 31, 2016
What do mobile applications firms such as NovoPayment and biosciences companies such as U.S. Stem Cell have in common? Both are examples of arenas in which the state of Florida has truly blossomed during the past decade.... more

To devalue or not to devalue?
January 20, 2016
To devalue or not to devalue? That is the question. During the last decade, Latin American central banks have effectively steered the rudder of monetary policy, avoiding major devaluations of their currencies–with the exceptions of Argentina and Venezuela.... more

In human capital crisis, we need more H-1B visas, not fewer
January 2016
It's no surprise that the US is ranked among the top three nations in competitiveness according to the latest report from the World Economic Forum. Only Switzerland and Singapore score higher than our nation.... more