Thoughts on American Manufacturing Decline and Revitalization

W.E. Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper No. 03-96

12 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2003

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Timothy Bartik

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research

Date Written: September 2003

Abstract

The recent decline in American manufacturing probably reflects long-run problems. A sensible approach to revitalizing American manufacturing would focus on overcoming inefficiencies in the development of manufacturing, such as problems in small- and medium-sized manufacturers getting information about deploying new technologies. This approach to revitalizing manufacturing can best be implemented through federal efforts to encourage and support state and local economic development policies that help enhance manufacturing productivity. A decentralized approach to the revitalization of manufacturing encourages a variety of creative policies, is adaptable to local conditions, and is consistent with American political traditions.

Keywords: manufacturing, revitalization, technology, bartik, upjohn

JEL Classification: R58, R1, L52, L60, H77

Suggested Citation

Bartik, Timothy, Thoughts on American Manufacturing Decline and Revitalization (September 2003). W.E. Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper No. 03-96, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=451301 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.451301

Timothy Bartik (Contact Author)

W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research ( email )

300 South Westnedge Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007-4686
United States

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