Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dimitri Papadimitriou — Is an R&D-Led Export Strategy Our Best Shot?

Dimitri Papadimitriou, in Reuters’ “Great Debate” series:
The U.S. needs an export strategy led by research and development, and it needs it now. A serious federal commitment to R&D would help arrest the long-term decline in manufacturing, and return America to its preeminent and competitive positions in high tech. At the same time, increasing sales of these once-key exports abroad would improve our also-declining balance of trade.It’s the best shot the U.S. has to energize its weak economic recovery. R&D investment in products sold in foreign markets would yield a greater contribution to economic growth than any other feasible approach today. It would raise GDP, lower unemployment, and rehabilitate production operations in ways that would reverberate worldwide.For our R&D/export model, we posited a modest infusion of $160 billion per year — about 1 percent of GDP — until 2016. We saw unemployment fall to less than 5 percent by 2016, compared with CBO forecasts that unemployment will remain over 7 percent. Real GDP growth — instead of hovering around 3.5 percent, by CBO estimates, on the current path — gradually rose to near 5.5 percent by the end of the period.
The Multiplier Effect

1 comment:

Roger Erickson said...

According to Bill Black, that strategy is faux EVERYONE! :(

badda boom!

That's the Washington Consensus, courtesy of the happy brain crampers in Lake Webegoners.