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American Manufacturing in a Global Market by Murray Weidenbaum (auth.), Kenneth W. Chilton, Melinda E.

By Murray Weidenbaum (auth.), Kenneth W. Chilton, Melinda E. Warren, Murray L. Weidenbaum (eds.)

The overall healthiness of yankee production has been a reason behind actual hindrance through the Nineteen Eighties. international pageant, antagonistic takeovers, new applied sciences and a number of alternative elements have prompted dramatic alterations during this key quarter of the yankee economic system. Many ob­ servers of this technique of swap are making a song the "rust belt blues," consigning U.S. production greatness to the heritage books. In April 1986, the heart for the learn of yankee enterprise at Washington collage issued a research by means of its director, Dr. Murray L. Weidenbaum, which challenged this notion of yank manu­ facturing's destiny. The document, entitled studying to Compete, pointed to a number of optimistic advancements due to the advert­ versity confronted by means of American corporations within the first 1/2 the last decade: professional­ ducers had enhanced caliber and productiveness, decreased bills, and in­ creased emphasis on R&D. In November 1988, as a logical extension of this learn, the heart held a convention on American production within the Nineties. concentrating on American responses to the altering worldwide aggressive atmosphere, this convention introduced jointly the sensible experi­ ence of industrial execs and the extra indifferent perspectives of aca­ demic and media specialists. In an afternoon and a 1/2 conferences, encompassing six separate ses­ sions, a luncheon deal with and an after-dinner debate, convention members assembled an in depth profile at the nation of U.S.

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This is because (to use the title of a recently published book) "Manufacturing Matters" -- and it matters a great deal to the future of this country.! 2 CHICKEN LITTLE VS. REALITY My time is far too short to explain why I disagree intensely with the "something-must-be-done" view of American manufacturing. Richard McKenzie is an adjunct fellow with the Center for the Study of American Business at Washington University in St. Louis and a professor of economics at the University of Mississippi. He is also author of the recently published The American Job Machine.

BUDGET DEFICITS AND FISCAL POLICY The budget deficit is not an issue per se. Fiscal policy is a tool; it is not a goal unto itself. Keeping the economy growing is a goal. I hear economists say that there is a relationship between the deficit and investment. Because the budget deficit represents dissaving, if you wish to raise investment you should get government dissaving down. This is simple-minded arithmetic, not economic analysis. But the argument is carried further. Since the government deficit is absorbing resources, it would release resources if we were to shrink the deficit by raising taxes.

By some estimates, the Japanese have invested as much as $5 billion in HDTV. Recently the New York Times reported that the Japanese have invested $3 billion in 1 megabit, 4 megabit and 16 megabit production memory chips, the "rice of the information age" as the Japanese put it. Our firms haven't even started. In short, we are losing our lead in commercializing new technologies. Henry Ford brought the United States into the modem industrial age with the perfection of the assembly line. Not only we, but our parents and grandparents grew up in an era in which America's lead in technological innovation was a constant.

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