Manufacturing in Advanced Economies: Comparisons and Government Supports


John Carratore (Editor)
Duncan T. Vastos (Editor)

Series: Global Political Studies
BISAC: POL024000

Over the last decade, the United States lost about one-third of its manufacturing jobs, raising concerns about U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. There may be insights to glean from government policies of similarly-situated countries, which are facing some of the same challenges of increased competition in manufacturing from developing countries. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) was asked to identify innovative foreign programs that support manufacturing that may help inform U.S. policy.

Specifically, GAO examined (1) government strategies and programs other advanced economies have implemented to approach issues similar to those facing U.S. manufacturing, and (2) the key distinctions between government approaches to support manufacturing in other advanced economies and those in the United States. Based on input from experts and federal officials, and an analysis of manufacturing programs in other advanced countries, the GAO selected Canada, Germany, Japan, and South Korea for study. In each country, GAO interviewed program officials and reviewed documents describing their programs. This book examines and identifies distinctions between foreign and U.S. approaches to supporting manufacturing. The GAO researched comparable programs in the United States, and interviewed staff administering those programs. (Imprint: Novinka )

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Global Manufacturing: Foreign Government Programs Differ in Some Key Respects From Those in the United States

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