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Industrial Policy

Did someone just say "Industrial Policy?"

Stan Sorscher | Posted 02.03.2017 | Politics
Stan Sorscher

Let's take a breath and step back from our circus-like introduction to the Trump era. A few weeks ago, we were trying to decode voters' messages in ...

Venture Capitalists Rule the World

John Feffer | Posted 06.04.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

Venture capitalism has a disproportionate impact on the economy. It helps to ensure that technological innovation enriches the few and sustains jobless economic growth. Industrial policy in the hands of the government ideally creates wealth and spreads it around. Venture capitalists pick a handful of winners as part of a process of concentrating wealth in fewer and fewer hands.

Now Is America's Moment to Assert Itself as a Solar Superpower

Brad Mattson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Brad Mattson

With the current domestic natural gas boom serving as a bridge to this solar future, the United States has a chance to claim its role as a "solar superpower." But we must first recognize the need for a course correction in our industrial policy.

Why Can't We Innovate Our Way Out of Poverty?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

Can governments do anything to make their people more innovative? And, if they cannot, are we saying that those middle-income countries who fail to climb the technological ladder are "trapped" forever?

"Free Trade" Was Never Really About Trade

Stan Sorscher | Posted 08.17.2013 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We need to think differently about trade. First, let me say that I am 100% in favor of trade. Trade is when we do what we do best, they do what they do best, and we trade. Trade, done right, will raise living standards.

What on Earth Are 'Commodity Super-Cycles' and Why Do They Matter?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 07.09.2013 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

Whatever happens to the price of those commodities matters a great deal for development and, even more, for the war on poverty. The problem is that those prices are famously volatile.

Can Governments Create Industries?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 04.30.2013 | Home
Marcelo Giugale

It is an old debate. Back in the '50s and '60s, from Asia to Latin-America, an idea caught fire among development economists: governments should try to create industries.

America's Perfect Storm

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.09.2013 | Business
Richard Schiffman

It is as if America woke up one morning to find that its arteries were sclerotic, its limbs stiff, its appetites and drives waning. Can we rouse ourselves and recover the suppleness of youth?

America And The Parable Of The Silly Gardener

Zack Exley | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Zack Exley

The world's best communications and transportation systems are no longer America's. The world's highest-value, largest and most dynamic industries are no longer America's. There is only one global industry that America truly dominates: Facebook. It employs 6,000 people.

Olympic Lessons for an Imperial America

David Coates | Posted 07.30.2012 | Home
David Coates

As American eyes turn to London, it will be worth remembering that this will be London's second post-World War II Olympic Games, not the first, and that there are also medals to be won by comparing the condition of the UK during the last time the Games were held in London with its condition now.

A National Network for Manufacturing Innovation?

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Mainstream neoclassical economics assumes that new technologies grow automatically from advances in pure science. It also assumes that new technologies automatically commercialize themselves. But both these assumptions are observably untrue.

Republican Base, Manufacturing Base: Which Is the More Important?

David Coates | Posted 06.24.2012 | Business
David Coates

The American economy is in trouble now primarily because the industrial policy to which the Republican Party currently subscribes remains hugely influential and entirely inadequate.

Harvest America or Invest in America

Stan Sorscher | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

We have strong historical and constitutional values about one-person one-vote and a government responsive to local communities. Right? Well, no. That's not right. Quite the opposite.

Industrial Policy: The Jump-Start Romney's Campaign Needs?

Fred Bauer | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Fred Bauer

As Mitt Romney struggles in the polls against his Republican rivals for the GOP nomination, it may be time for him to focus more on industrial policy.

Industrial Policy Would Make U.S. A Winner

David Kiley | Posted 04.04.2012 | Detroit
David Kiley

The headline of the article certainly grabbed me: "White House Offers Plan to Lure Jobs Back To America." But the passage that really got me, written by the story's author Annie Lowrey, said the Obama administration's package of proposals might add up to what economists call "an industrial policy," a term, she wrote, that the White House is loathe to use. Are you kidding? Loathe to use? Could this really be true?

President Puts American Manufacturing Front and Center in State of the Union

Dave Johnson | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business
Dave Johnson

We have to move to a "we are in this together" understanding of ourselves and our country if we want to bring back the shared prosperity we used to have.

How, Exactly, Does Trade Bring Prosperity?

Stan Sorscher | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

I work for a labor union in the aerospace industry. We are 100% in favor of trade. We make products the rest of the world wants to buy. With increas...

Rebuilding America's Stock of Power

Steve Clemons | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Getting things right with the BRICS plus Turkey is vital to all national security challenges in the future -- and managing the reality that China matters more than all the rest is the vital challenge that matters.

Dan Froomkin

Another Immelt? Obama's Latest Appointments Questioned | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday charged two of his senior advisers with pursuing policies to strengthen the American manufacturing sector, a m...

Industrial Policies for Economic Development

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.21.2012 | Business
Stan Sorscher

When a company comes to government, we should have conditions that encourage production to stick in our local economy. We should see a clear public good that raises the standard of living for workers and communities.

A Call for Urban Doctors

Gordon Gill | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green
Gordon Gill

By looking at our assets holistically, we can create a fully integrated, intelligent approach to the greening of cities, one that combines carbon savings with an increased quality of life.

Why the Budget Is the Wrong Thing to Fight About

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

We are in danger of having our economy fail to grow because we were so busy arguing over the harvest that we neglected to plant the seeds.

The American Manufacturing Crisis and Why it Matters

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Our trade deficit is going to be balanced, the hard way or the easy way, eventually. And it will be essentially impossible for the U.S. to balance its trade without healthy manufacturing exports. Unless, of course, we are willing to reduce our standard of living.

Korea-U.S. Deal Undercuts Civil Society

Stan Sorscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stan Sorscher

I am 100% in favor of policies that raise our standard of living. What I oppose are trade policies that deindustrialize America, erode the middle class and compromise long-term prosperity.

Decline of U.S. Manufacturing: Factory Body Count and Epitaphs

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The ongoing decline of American manufacturing is not an abstraction. Over the past decade, the United States has lost 53,224 factories.