Articles by Sean Heather

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The Race for Foreign Investment and Why It Matters

In 2000, the US held 37% of the worldwide inward stock of foreign investment, but by 2012, that share had dwindled to just 17%.

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Inconvenient Truths about International Investment

More than 95% of the world’s consumers live outside the United States. U.S. companies invest in foreign markets to serve those markets — not as a substitute for domestic production.

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Why America Needs Investment Agreements

Investment agreements ensure that U.S. investors are treated fairly by foreign governments.

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In Defense of the Dreaded Multinational Corporation

Investing abroad makes American companies better companies. They pay better wages and invest more in R&D.

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International Investment Is a Two-Way Street

We need to recognize the broader benefits generated by international investment — including foreign investment in the United States as well as U.S. investment abroad.

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Two Small Business Owners Ten Years After 9/11

The terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001 dealt a hard blow to Lower Manhattan's businesses--both small and large. What happened to them after the attacks? Did they survive? And if so, how?  Two small businesses tell Free Enterprise magazine their stories. Here's an excerpt: Davis had just open

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Business Applauds as Court Upholds Investor Protections

As the Obama Administration concludes its review of the U.S. Model Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), today’s Manhattan federal court decision by Judge Leonard Sand in a case between Chevron and the government of Ecuador is welcome news. Moreover, it has broad implications for the business communit

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The Week in Antitrust - EU Intel Decision

by Sean Heather  Leaving aside the merits of the Intel case, the Chamber's press release on the EU Commission's Intel decision called the huge fine part of troubling pattern in EU competition cases.  The sheer size of the fine begs questions that strike to the heart of procedural fairness and the me

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The Week in Antitrust - Section 2 Report

Monday’s formal withdrawal of last year’s Section 2 report was just that – formal.  Or to put it another way, it was predictable.  Varney during her confirmation process earlier this year telegraphed the move by essentially praising the work that went into the report, acknowledging it as credible c

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Life Without Doha

by Sean HeatherWith everyone Monday morning quarterbacking the collapse of the Doha negotiations there has been no shortage of color commentary and analysis of what happened.  But few have begun to ask, or better yet answer, the question of what happens next?  Yesterday’s WSJ op-ed "Greasing the Wor