How to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing – from the WSJ

by Marilou Long on June 8, 2016

in Education,Employment,manufacturing,Recommended Reading

The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article today on policies that could revitalize manufacturing here in the U.S.  I’m not ready to endorse a VAT, but some of the ideas make a lot of sense.  From the linked article:

The U.S. shed 5.7 million manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2010—more than a third of the manufacturing workforce—as companies abandoned plants and workers in favor of low-cost foreign countries. But in recent years, manufacturing employment has grown slightly as the auto industry rebounded and domestic plants became more cost-competitive with those of other countries where manufacturing expenses have escalated because of higher wages.

Now researchers, politicians and business leaders are coming forward with strategies to accelerate job gains and investment in manufacturing. Their ideas range from pruning regulations that raise the cost and effort of running a manufacturing operation to imposing a value-added tax on imports to beefing up training programs so companies have an easier time finding skilled workers.

 

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