What Policy Initiatives Are Needed To Help U.S. Manufacturing?
What the Candidates are Saying
Dr. Jared Bernstein
Former Principal Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden
The Honorable Grant D. Aldonas
Principal Managing Director, Split Rock International,
Former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade
Moderated by Hedrick Smith
Author of Who Stole the American Dream and Former Editor, The New York Times
Friday, October 19, 2012
The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC
A buffet luncheon will be served
The U.S. manufacturing sector has seen significant job loss and other strains for many years. Though it has been one of the bright spots in the U.S. economy since 2009, growth has slowed after a strong first quarter in 2012. A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on September 12, 2012 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? Do we need to focus additional attention on trade issues related to manufacturing? What policy changes might be needed in this area? 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 presidential candidates are saying.