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.

Business Horizon Series: Rob Atkinson

May 17, 2012
Rob Atkinson's presentation on U.S. manufacturing to the National Chamber Foundation.

The National Chamber Foundation, together with the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation as well as the National Association of Manufacturers, hosted a half-day program focused on how we may build American competitiveness through manufacturing. Featuring a keynote and discussions led by noted leaders in the business community and policy arenas, it examined the essential ingredients for a dynamic and prosperous manufacturing sector in America.

Trading Myths

May 16, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Too many people will likely read the McKinsey Global Institute report, "Trading Myths," and come to exactly the wrong conclusion, especially about the United States. For it is one thing to compare a large group of developing countries, but the reality is that not all these nations are the same in their performance, particularly the United States.

Large Manufacturers More Likely to Move From China to U.S.

CNBC cites statics uncovered by ITIF's report on American manufacturing.

Testimony to House Energy and Commerce Committee on American Manufacturing

April 19, 2012
| Testimony and Filings

Much of the debate around U.S. manufacturing is problematic because the core data on manufacturing output and productivity are flawed. The reality is:

  • A large share of manufacturing jobs was lost in the last decade because the United States lost its competitive edge for manufacturing. 
  • The loss was unprecedented, and it continues to severely impact the overall U.S. economy. 
  • Regaining U.S. manufacturing competitiveness to the point where America runs a trade surplus in manufacturing products is critical to restoring U.S. economic vibrancy.
  • Regaining manufacturing competitiveness will create millions of higher-than-average-wage manufacturing jobs and an even greater number of jobs from the multiplier effect in other sectors of the economy. 
  • The United States can restore manufacturing competitiveness and balance manufacturing goods trade within less than a decade if it adopts the right set of policies in what can be termed the “four T’s” (tax, trade, talent, and technology).

C-SPAN: Can American Manufacturing Thrive Again?

April 19, 2012
Rob Atkinson's testimony before House Committee via C-SPAN.

Rob Atkinson's testimony before the House Committee. The hearing will discussed the administration's plan to revive this important industry and discuss other policy solutions. Read more »

Policy Changes Essential for U.S. Industry

Dayton Daily News
Rob Atkinson and others urge the White House and Congress to bolster resources for manufacturers.

Why is This so Complicated? Yes, Virginia. We do Need a National Manufacturing Strategy.

April 12, 2012
| Blogs & Op-eds

Taking issue with the most recent attack on a national manufacturing strategy from liberal blogger Matt Ygelsias, Rob Atkinson points out the current Administration is not only focused on manufacturing. But as the largest traded sector by far, you can’t have a valid traded sector strategy without a specific manufacturing strategy.

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