Do You Know Your State’s Biggest International Trading Partner? (Business Insider)

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International trade is a large part of our country’s economy and each state has a piece of that pie.

With Census Bureau data, Business Insider takes a look at each state’s most important import and export partner.

A Visual History of Presidential Elections and US Financial Markets (Quartz)

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Media observers worry a Trump victory in the imminent presidential election could spark a stock market crash, though there is little evidence that markets alter much in the short term after an election.

Quartz provides a visual history of presidential elections and their effect on U.S. financial markets. Though no obvious trends were found, long-term policy choices will effect business, particularly those that are highly regulated. Check it out here.

Designer Ruthie Davis ’84 To Receive 2016 ‘Fashpreneur’ Award

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High fashion shoe designer Ruthie Davis ’84 has been chosen to receive the 2016 FashInvest NYC Fashpreneur Award, which honors fashion industry entrepreneurs who exemplify a passion for recognizing early stage, high-growth opportunities and who have made an impact on the fashion community.

The award will be presented, and Davis will participate in what’s billed as “a fireside chat,” December 15, 2016, during the FashInvest Fashion Tech  Conference at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. More about Davis and the award here.

Davis was on campus last fall to be part of President Rose’s Inaugural Symposium The Power of the Liberal Arts, and was interviewed by the WCSH newsmagazine 207. “It comes back to Bowdoin,” she said. “They taught us to think big. They taught us to analyze, to dream; create something new.”

The Election and Consequences on American Productivity (Brookings Institute)

election_graphic_2016_squareThe future of the U.S. and the living standards of its citizens depend on how quickly the country can increase productivity, says the Brookings Institute, which recounts the country’s economic history after World War II, when labor productivity grew 3.3% per year.

Since 2004, productivity has grown an average of 1.3% per year, and is continuing to decrease. More about why scholars think productivity has slowed.