Thriving or Threatened? Perspectives on the State of U.S. Manufacturing in a Global Economy

Capitol Hill Briefing
November 15, 2007 12:00PM
B-338 Rayburn House Office Building
Featuring Dan Ikenson, Center for Trade Policy Studies, Cato Institute, and Frank Vargo, National Association of Manufacturers.
Since the depth of the U.S. manufacturing recession in 2002, the sector as a whole has experienced sustained and robust growth. The year 2006 set a record for output, revenues, profits, profit rates, return on investment, exports, and imports. The United States remains the world’s most prolific manufacturing country, accounting for two and a half times more output than Chinese factories in 2006. Should these figures put to rest assertions that the U.S. manufacturing sector is eroding because of trade? Do they support a conclusion that the sector is thriving? U.S. manufacturing experts Ikenson and Vargo will offer perspectives on the real state of U.S. manufacturing in today’s global economy.