What Policy Initiatives Are Needed To Help US Manufacturing? What the Candidates Are Saying

Publication Date: 
10/19/2012

The US manufacturing sector has seen significant job loss and other strains for many years. Though it has been one of the bright spots in the US economy since 2009, growth has slowed after a strong first quarter in 2012. A bill passed by the House of Representatives calls for a bipartisan, public-private process to "forge an actionable plan to promote the success of American manufacturing" and the July 2012 report of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology also calls for establishing a "national advanced manufacturing strategy." Do we need a more robust and focused set of public policies to promote faster growth in coming years? To focus additional attention on trade issues related to manufacturing? Join a distinguished panel to discuss what a future manufacturing strategy might look like and what macroeconomic environment would nurture the sector, focusing on what the two major presi dential candidates are saying.

Sponsored jointly with the Conference on the Renassaince of American Manufacturing, this discussion will feature:
Dr. Jared Bernstein, former principal economic adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden
Hon. Grant D. Aldonas, principal managing director, Split Rock International and Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.

The session will be moderated by Hedrick Smith, author of Who Stole the American Dream and Former Editor, The New York Times.