National Competitiveness in the Global Economy: What’s the Plan, Uncle Sam?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First St. NE Room SVC-209
Washington, DC 20515

In a deeply integrated global economy, with a growing number of goods and services readily tradeable across borders, nations face stiff competition to grow and attract high-value-added, traded-sector industries. Refusing to engage in this competition is not an option; long-term growth depends on developing a winning competitiveness strategy. Unfortunately, the competitiveness debate in the United States is muddled and often completely misinformed. There is widespread confusion not just about what competitiveness means or how to measure it, but even on the question of whether the United States needs competitiveness strategy at all.

Please join ITIF and Senator Chris Coons to discuss a major new report, “A Policymaker’s Guide to Developing a National Competitiveness Strategy,” which examines the issue of competitiveness, explains how conventional economic advice leads policymakers astray, and offers specific steps for the federal government to stem a recent dangerous decline in U.S. economic competitiveness.

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Robert D. Atkinson
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Chris Coons
Senator (D-DE)
U.S. Congress
Mark Muro
Fellow and Policy Director
Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Sree Ramaswamy
McKinsey Global Institute
Andrew Reamer
Research Professor
The George Washington University