The U.S. manufacturing sector has long provided economic benefits to the nation in terms of job creation, innovation, and value chains. But 21st century trends—in globalization and automation—have led some to question its capacity to continue in this role.
The IU Manufacturing Policy Initiative, in partnership with the Hudson Institute, organized a spring 2020 conference, to bring together leading thinkers to identify concerning trends and discuss policies that will enable domestic manufacturing to remain internationally competitive. The conference was postponed due to the emerging pandemic.
Four academic papers from noted experts were commissioned for this conference. Taken together, these four papers describe weaknesses in U.S. manufacturing capabilities and identify specific policies to improve U.S. competitiveness.
Improving U.S. Competitiveness
In partnership between the Hudson Institute and the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Paper topics and authors
Indicators of U.S. Manufacturing Health
Cliff Waldman, New World Economics
Loss of the Industrial Commons
Sridhar Kota and Tom Mahoney, MForesight
Policies to Stimulate Innovation
Stephen Ezell, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Addressing the Skills Gap
Stacey Jarrett Wagner, The JarrettWagner Group