Derek Abrams

Derek Abrams is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Area of Energy, Economics, and Law. He currently teaches applied business economics to undergraduate students. Prior to coming to Texas Tech University, he held various roles in engineering and business operations in industry. He also served in the United States Army. Derek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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India's War Over Water — and Soft Drinks

Soda makers have built factories in some of India’s most water-stressed regions, areas where more than forty percent of the available surface water is consumed each year. Pepsi and Coca-Cola sell almost all of India’s soft drinks, making them easy targets for protests.

Brazil Has a School Problem

Brazil spends heavily on for-profit colleges but it neglects adequate investment in K-12 public education schools. In addition, for-profit colleges in Brazil enroll the vast majority of the country’s college students who are predominantly from public schools and ill-prepared for college-level coursework.

Should Farmers Fear Trump?

The United States has the biggest agriculture industry on earth, yet farmers face mounting pressure from Russia, Brazil, and Ukraine. Those rival countries, as well as others, are well-positioned to profit from the United States pulling back from trade deals.

The Wall Needs the Consent of Many

Private lands make up most of the 2,000-mile southern border. As a result, before President Donald Trump's wall can be built, the government will have to enforce eminent domain against hundreds of landowners.

The War in Yemen Tests Saudi Arabia's Clout

In Yemen, hardened rebel fighters remain undeterred by heavy Saudi bombing. In addition, Saudi-backed Syrian fighters have lost major ground in Aleppo. Both these conflicts have been costly distractions for Saudi Arabia, whose economy is feeling the pinch of austerity measures.