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Economic Background


Dertouzos, Michael L., Richard K. Lester, Robert M. Solow and the MIT Commission on Industrial Productivity, Made in America: Regaining the Productivity Edge (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 1989)

In one of the most extensive examinations of productivity ever undertaken in the U.S., this Commission studied in detail eight manufacturing industries.  The report summarizes their findings by industry and also draws on conclusions for the economy in general.

Lester, Richard K., The Productive Edge: How U.S. Industries are Pointing the Way to a New Era of Economic Growth (W.W. Norton and Company, New York, 1998)

For the past two decades, America’s productivity growth has slowed relative to past performance and other competitor nations.  But significant gains have been reported recently in five industries – automobiles, steel, semiconductors, electric power and cellular communications.  This book draws on the experience in these industries to identify requirement for improved U.S. economic growth.  It stresses the need for a coherent system of reinforcing industry processes, practices and strategies – a system including worker participation, continuous upgrading of skills and workplace information sharing.

Mishel, Lawrence and Paula B. Voos, Unions and Economic Competitiveness (M.E. Sharpe, Inc., Armonk, New York, 1992)

This book argues that unions and collective bargaining were not responsible for the decline of American competitiveness as is popularly assumed, but are instead essential factors in its revitalization.

Stiglitz, Joseph E., Globalization and Its Discontents (W.W. Norton & Company, New York, 2002)

This book is an insider’s account of global economic policy making by the Nobel Prize winning economist who served as Chairman of the President’s Council of Advisors as well as Chief Economist for the World Bank.  It provides insights for a reform agenda to reshape globalization and redress global inequality.

Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2003 and Vital Signs 2003 (Norton & Company, New York, 2003)

These publications of the Worldwatch Institute are annual reports on environmental trends that are shaping our future and on the world’s progress toward a sustainable society.  They provide some of the most reliable data available on world economic and environmental challenges and trends, from agriculture to energy, transportation to the health of the oceans.

World Wide Web Resources

World Watch Institute
The World Watch Institute is the most comprehensive source for non-partisan information on global environmental and population issues.  With researchers worldwide, the Institute’s publications, databases and other services are available on the web at this site.  The Institute is dedicated to the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society, in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or the prospects of future generations.

International Monetary Fund
The International Monetary Fund was created in 1945 to promote international monetary cooperation and facilitate the expansion and balanced growth of international trade.  With 182 member countries, it is a source of information on international trade and economics, both published and on the web.

The World Bank Group
The World Bank Group is an international lending organization dedicated to a world free of poverty.  It has good data and publications on world economic conditions available on the web and in published forms.

U.S. Government Statistics
This site has statistics from more than 70 agencies of the U.S. federal government.  A to Z from agriculture to transportation, you can access the government’s aggregate data, including U.S. Census information, Bureau of Labor Statistics and many economic databases.

Statistical Abstract of the United States
This is the online edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, published annually.   Often referred to as the National Data Book, the 1999 Edition has a special section covering 20th Century Statistics, which presents data beginning in 1900 (where available) on a broad range of subjects such as population, education, income and labor force.

International Labour Organization
The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights.  Founded in 1919, it is the only surviving major creating of the League of Nations.  Its website has information on employment, working conditions, unions and labor standards worldwide.

International Energy Agency
The International Energy Agency reports on energy trends, usage and forecasts worldwide.

United Nations Development Programe
The United Nations Development Programe is the UN’s global development network, providing up to date information and support for the development efforts of people in 166 countries.

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