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The Productive Edge: How U. S. Industries Are Pointing the Way to a New Era of Economic Growth

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Case studies of U.S. industrial performance show how recent gains in productivity in key sectors can serve as models for renewed growth in the economy as a whole.

Compared to the early years of this decade, when concerns about the global "competitiveness" of U.S. industries reached an anxiety-laden peak, the past few years have looked positively rosy: inflation and interest rates under control, millions of new jobs created, the federal budget deficit well off its peak, and the stock market rising to unprecedented heights.

At least one dark cloud still lurks on the horizon: the lagging overall rate of productivity growth, which has been stuck in low gear since the 1970s, retarding concurrent improvements in living standards. Recently, however, significant new productivity gains have been reported in many important industries, both old and new, including automobiles, semiconductors, steel, electric power generation, and cellular communication. What is it about such industries, and individual firms in those industries, that has enabled them to buck the general trend — in effect, to regain their productive edge? In this wise and illuminating book, a leading authority on this crucial issue searches five recent success stories for clues to shape a new national strategy for economic growth.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393045741
Author:
Lester, Richard
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Industrial productivity
Subject:
Efficiency, industrial
Subject:
Labor productivity
Subject:
Industrial productivity -- United States.
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Economics - General
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.62x6.43x1.28 in. 1.45 lbs.

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