By Murray Weidenbaum (auth.), Kenneth W. Chilton, Melinda E. Warren, Murray L. Weidenbaum (eds.)
The overall healthiness of yankee production has been a reason for genuine challenge through the Nineteen Eighties. international festival, antagonistic takeovers, new applied sciences and a number of different elements have brought on dramatic alterations during this key zone of the yank economic climate. Many ob servers of this strategy of swap are making a song the "rust belt blues," consigning U.S. production greatness to the historical past books. In April 1986, the guts for the learn of yankee company at Washington collage issued a learn via its director, Dr. Murray L. Weidenbaum, which challenged this notion of yankee manu facturing's destiny. The record, entitled studying to Compete, pointed to numerous optimistic advancements because of the advert versity confronted through American corporations within the first half the last decade: seasoned ducers had more desirable caliber and productiveness, lowered expenditures, 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 Nineteen Nineties. concentrating on American responses to the altering international aggressive surroundings, this convention introduced jointly the sensible experi ence of commercial execs and the extra indifferent perspectives of aca demic and media specialists. In an afternoon and a half conferences, encompassing six separate ses sions, a luncheon handle and an after-dinner debate, convention individuals assembled an in depth profile at the nation of U.S.
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At this point, however, and for the foreseeable future, I think American manufacturing matters tremendously. In fact, Japan, which has best mastered this shift to date, has actually increased manufacturing as a share of its GNP over the last ten to twenty years. Manufacturing's share of GNP in the United States has remained stagnant, perhaps even declined a bit. Thirdly, I think we can be very optimistic about America's potential. If we are shifting from an industrial economy to a global knowledge economy, America is well positioned to lead the world for the foreseeable future and to provide a rising standard of living to its citizens.
7. Harrison and Bluestone recommend, "Essentially, the nation must move forward in at least seven areas: (1) industrial (and related educational) policy; (2) democracy in the workplace; (3) renewed public support for the right of unorganized workers to be represented by unions of their choosing; (4) managed international trade; (5) the reconstruction of the 34 American Manufacturing in a Global Market nation's physical infrastructure; (6) reregulation of specific private market activities, especially in the runaway [mancial sector; and (7) public fulfillment of the promise of universal social benefits, including health insurance, child care, and care of the aging" [Harrison and Bluestone, The Great U-Turn, p.
Market shares also seem to be improving for domestic firms. In particular, the foreign share of the capital equipment market is beginning to level off. One of the main reasons that it has not improved more is that capital spending is one of the strong sectors in our domestic economy this year, so we are buying a lot of capital equipment. Not all of the capital equipment that American firms want can be produced domestically. OTHER ECONOMIC GOOD NEWS Along with the improvement in our trade figures, we are seeing very clear results in the aggregate economy.
American Manufacturing in a Global Market by Murray Weidenbaum (auth.), Kenneth W. Chilton, Melinda E. Warren, Murray L. Weidenbaum (eds.)