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Advanced Manufacturing: The New American Innovation Policies

Willian B. Bonvillian and Peter L. Singer

Abstract

The United States lost almost one-third of its manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2010. As higher-paying manufacturing jobs are replaced by lower-paying service jobs, income inequality has been approaching third world levels. In particular, between 1990 and 2013, the median income of men without high school diplomas fell by an astonishing 20 percent, and that of men with high school diplomas fell by a painful 13 percent. Innovation has been left largely to software and IT startups, and increasingly U.S. firms operate on a system of “innovate here/produce there,” leaving the manufacturing sect ... More

Keywords: US manufacturing, income inequality, innovation, 3-D printing, advanced material, photonics, robotics, mainstream economics, advanced manufacturing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037037
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037037.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Willian B. Bonvillian, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Peter L. Singer, author
Massachusetts Institute of Technology