America and the Global Economy: A Briefing for the Next President

How should US economic policy respond to the challenges of the 21st century's changing economic landscape? For many years America has led the World in innovation, but this can no longer be taken for granted. Its capital markets have traditionally been preeminent, but this too is no longer assured. Can fair trade be reconciled with free trade? Do imports and outsourcing threaten American workers, and if so what should be done? In the global context, what is the proper role for tax policy, and how should public spending be prioritized? The overarching economic challenge is to spur productivity, and to ensure that the benefits are widely spread. What will this require?

Festival: 2007

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