Morrill at 150: Creating American Manufacturing Universities

July 19, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

In The New England Journal of Higher Education, Rob Atkinson makes the case for a new Morrill Act, in which the federal government support the designation of a core of approximately 20 leading “manufacturing universities.” As part of this designation, these universities would do several things. First, they would revamp their engineering programs much more around manufacturing engineering and, in particular, work that is more relevant to industry. Also, academic institutions would receive an annual award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), ideally at least $25 million a year, plus prioritization of their projects in the awarding of NSF grants

Voters are Ahead of Washington on Manufacturing

July 18, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

The results of a bipartisan survey released by the Alliance for American Manufacturing show 89 percent of Americans think we need a national manufacturing strategy. Two-thirds of respondents said China’s trade policies hurt U.S. employment and 62 two percent said Washington needs to do something about it. 

Joining the Great American Manufacturing Battle

July 17, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

In writing his July 2012 contribution to Bridges Magazine, Stephen Ezell emphasized that over the past decade in particular, American manufacturing has performed palpably worse than many of its major peer competitors. This loss of U.S. manufacturing is not due to some inexorable shift to a post-industrial economy; it is due to a failure of U.S. policies. 

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In the 2000s, total private capital stock grew 13 times more than manufacturing capital stock (22 percent versus 1.8 percent).

ITIF was not surprised by the Department of Labor's most recent unimpressive data on manufacturing job gains. American manufacturing declined sharply over a decade and, as ITIF showed back in March, total private capital stock grew 13 times more than manufacturing capital stock (22 percent vs. 1.8 percent) in the 2000s. Compare this to growth in the funds and trusts industry (e.g., the mutual funds industry) and performing arts and spectator sports (e.g., sports stadiums), which grew 64 percent and 90 percent, respectively. Read more »

WIRE-Net Annual Meeting

June 27, 2012
| Presentations

WIRE-Net's Board of Directors invited Rob Atkinson to address this year's Annual Meeting because of his work promoting U.S. based manufacturing, organizing the American Manufacturing Charter, which is supported by a coalition of labor, business, and economic policy leaders and organizations. 

Register today.

We Have a Sharing Problem

June 13, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

U.S. statistical agencies are barred by law from sharing important microdata with one another, and this leads to statistics on the U.S. economy that are badly inaccurate. The remedy is simple—in theory.

U.S. Manufacturing: Policies for a New Economic Reality

June 12, 2012
| Presentations

On July 12, 2012, the Governance Studies program at Brookings will host a half-day conference focused on fortifying manufacturing to improve the United States’ future economic performance, social mobility and edge in innovation.

Rob Atkison will present on the panel "How Labor and Manufacturers Are Forging Manufacturing’s New Path."

Time to Turn NNMI from Concept to Reality

May 31, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Examining the hearing demonstrating there is bipartisan interest in making U.S. manufacturing more competitive. The Administration must seize on this. Rather than waiting for the Hill to put the meat on the bone with the NNMI, Administration officials draft specific legislation and work with lawmakers in earnest to turn concept into reality.

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