Articles from Fergus Hodgson
The “sweet spot” that facilitates spillover effects occurs with foreign firms with local market focus and highly tangible assets. Although the results are not uniform, this new research shows that far from being detrimental, foreign companies keep local ones on their toes, as locals search for ever better ways to serve customers and piggyback on newly observed strategies.
In a perfect universe, everyone would be automatically productive, and firms would have deep pockets to hire employees right away with full salaries. The reality is that taking on a new employee is costly; replacing one is even harder; time constraints are real; and competition is fierce, especially for small and medium-size firms with cash-strapped budgets.
Higgs's latest book, Taking a Stand: Reflections on Life, Liberty, and the Economy, is a greatest hits of his work over the past decade or so, published by the Independent Institute of Oakland, California. Naturally I couldn't help myself when I saw it as a new arrival at the Ludwig von Mises Library at Francisco Marroquín University in Guatemala City.