Rethinking Competitiveness

  • Title:

    Rethinking Competitiveness
  • Edited By:

    Kevin A. Hassett
  • Format:

    HardCover
  • Hardcover Price:

    85.00
  • Hardcover ISBN:

    978-0-8447-7250-9
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As the 2012 election season has demonstrated, few politicians can make a speech concerning economic policy without using the term “competitiveness.” Yet, despite its frequent and casual use, there is little if any agreement on its meaning. Academics have been slow to embrace the term, holding a healthy skepticism toward such political utterances.

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) brought together experts from a variety of fields to discuss the issue of competitiveness and how it may influence their disciplines. This volume is composed of the nine papers that were presented at three conferences attempting to answer the question: if "competitiveness" were to have a rigorous and relevant meaning in your field, what might that be?

The volume begins with a chapter outlining the arguments surrounding competitiveness and a discussion of the Tiebout model along with its application to the international stage. From there, the chapters address the subjects of competitive tax policy, education policy, immigration, innovation, health care, international trade, and measuring international competitiveness. The conclusions these papers reach enrich the debate on what competitiveness is and how policymakers should strive to support it.

Contents

I. Tiebout and Competitiveness by Kevin A. Hassett, R. Glenn Hubbard, and Matthew H. Jensen
II. Competitive Tax Policy by Joel Slemrod
III. Education and Global Competitiveness: Lessons for the United States from International Evidence by Martin West
IV. Immigration, Productivity, and Competitiveness in American Industry by Gordon H. Hanson
V. The Role of Innovation and Intellectual Property in Economic Competition by Robert J. Shapiro
VI. American Competitiveness and the Health Care System by Michael E. Chernew and Philip I. Levy
VII. Is the United States "Competitive" Internationally in Health Care ? by Benjamin Zycher
VIII. Global Value Chains and the Continuing Case for Free Trade by Claude Barfield and Matthew H. Jensen
IX. International Competitiveness by Phillip Swagel

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About the Author

 

Kevin A.
Hassett
  • Kevin A. Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). He is also a resident scholar and AEI's director of economic policy studies.



    Before joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia (University) Business School. He served as a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

    Hassett has also been an economic adviser to presidential candidates since 2000, when he became the chief economic adviser to Senator John McCain during that year's presidential primaries. He served as an economic adviser to the George W. Bush 2004 presidential campaign, a senior economic adviser to the McCain 2008 presidential campaign, and an economic adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

    Hassett is the author or editor of many books, among them "Rethinking Competitiveness" (2012), "Toward Fundamental Tax Reform" (2005), "Bubbleology: The New Science of Stock Market Winners and Losers" (2002), and "Inequality and Tax Policy" (2001). He is also a columnist for National Review and has written for Bloomberg.

    Hassett frequently appears on Bloomberg radio and TV, CNBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, NPR, and "PBS NewsHour," among others. He is also often quoted by, and his opinion pieces have been published in, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    Hassett has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College.

  • Phone: 202-862-7157
    Email: khassett@aei.org
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    Name: Emma Bennett
    Phone: 202-862-5862
    Email: emma.bennett@aei.org

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