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Fergus Hodgson

Fergus Hodgson is director of Econ Americas. He has completed an MBA in finance (Rice University), a BA in economics (Boston University), and CFA Level I. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

anastasio somoza
President Anastasio Somoza of Nicaragua preserved the truth about the US-backed takeover of his small nation. (BBC)

Take the Red Pill on Central America

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Anastasio Somoza’s ‘Nicaragua Betrayed’ Crushes Jimmy Carter, Sets the Record Straight

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foreign direct investment competition
Increased competition pressures local firms to learn and update their technology, as Volkswagen is well aware. (Karlls Dambrans)

If You Can’t Beat Foreign Competitors, Copy Them

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Spillovers to Domestic Firms Boost Productivity, Benefit Consumers

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fiscal impact protest
Until voters accept major spending cuts, they are digging the fiscal grave of the United States. (David Shankbone)

Why Fiscal Warnings Fall on Deaf Ears

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Future Generations Are Inheriting an Impossible Burden

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Jack Cox was a US journalist (played by Jan-Michael Vincent) who befriended Anastasio Somoza and shared the Nicaraguan ruler's account both in film and in a book. (IMDB)

1980s Film Offers Rare Defense of Somoza’s Nicaragua

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Despot Blames Jimmy Carter for Downfall, Cure Worse than Disease

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alvaro vargas llosa
Álvaro Vargas Llosa has offered a historic, award-winning contribution to economic development for Latin America. (Atlas)

The One Book Latin American Reformers Need to Read

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Álvaro Vargas Llosa Diagnoses the Infirmity, Prescribes the Treatment

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unpaid internships
In January, the US Department of Labor made qualification for unpaid internships slightly more lenient. (Marine Corps)

Why Unpaid Internships Make Sense

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Moral Opposition Stems from Misplaced Sense of Entitlement

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Jones Act protectionism means US-made ships are five times as expensive as foreign counterparts. (Jim Bauer)

The Jones Act Needs to Set Sail

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Regulatory Burden Discourages Innovation, Benefits US Shilp Builders

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cryptocurrency exhibition
The surge in cryptocurrency holdings, for speculation not use, has inflated the values of worthless altcoins. (Name Coin)

Altcoins Are the Real Bubble, Not Bitcoin

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Volatility Is Hurting Cryptocurrency Adoption

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Bitcoin is a change agent and a threat to cartelized financial institutions. (Canva)

Learn Bitcoin for 2018

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Documentary Inadvertently Reveals Need for Competitive Currencies

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overpopulation
Population density is a non-issue, at least for the foreseeable future. (James Cridland)

The Overpopulation Dog-and-Pony Show

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Steven Landsburg: The Welfare State Pits People against Each Other

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