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

The healthiness of yank production has been a reason for actual problem throughout the Eighties. overseas festival, opposed takeovers, new applied sciences and a bunch of different elements have triggered dramatic adjustments during this key area of the yank financial system. Many ob­ servers of this means of switch are making a song the "rust belt blues," consigning U.S. production greatness to the background books. In April 1986, the guts for the examine of yankee company at Washington collage issued a research by means of its director, Dr. Murray L. Weidenbaum, which challenged this notion of yankee manu­ facturing's destiny. The document, entitled studying to Compete, pointed to numerous confident advancements because of the advert­ versity confronted through American organisations within the first half the last decade: seasoned­ ducers had more suitable caliber and productiveness, diminished bills, and in­ creased emphasis on R&D. In November 1988, as a logical extension of this study, the heart held a convention on American production within the Nineties. targeting American responses to the altering international aggressive atmosphere, this convention introduced jointly the sensible experi­ ence of commercial pros 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 handle and an after-dinner debate, convention members assembled an in depth profile at the kingdom of U.S.

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Industrial production has been growing 5-6 percent annually, and the manufacturing component is growing faster than the rest of the economy. In my opinion the outlook for the economy is still quite good, although growth may slow a bit more. I hear from a number of economists that there is a recession around the corner. We have had recessions in our economy on an average of every four years. Recessions do not come just because the economy ages, however. We get recessions because of changes in fundamental economic factors.

CONCLUDING COMMENTS I do not see my assignment at this gathering as one of outlining an agenda of reforms. I have done that elsewhere for the Center for the Study of American Business. 14 However, I do seek to push a new point of view that can be covered by two main points. First, What Should Be Done for Manufacturing? 31 many of the Chicken Littles of the world can be largely (but not totally) dismissed. IS I suspect that we are on the threshold of a new economic era that offers the hope of -- to use George Gilder's phrase -- "the revitalization of everything," including what government does.

Along the way, we have added 18 million jobs. This is more than twice the job creation in all the other major countries combined. " This figure is more than just a statistic, because along with employment gains we have had continuous growth in incomes -- real Robert Ortner was undersecretary of commerce for economic affairs under President Reagan. He had previously served as the department's chief economist. 18 American Manufacturing in a Global Market disposable family incomes. These are heady figures, but not everyone is convinced by them.

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