Economic growth

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The goal of faster economic growth is largely one of faster productivity growth joined with greater and broader economic dynamism.

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Have market economies across the Western world become less dynamic? If so, why? What are the political, social, and geopolitical implications — and what can governments do to reverse this trend?

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If you believe that the market and the status quo are fine, then the current events in Washington are just a sideshow. However, if you are counting on a big tax bill and infrastructure spending, then it has not been a good week. We need sweeping regulatory and tax change, and current events are sapping the moral of Capitol Hill Republicans. Additionally, we have to set our sights on healthcare.

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Take the Reagan tax cuts. Remember, one thing those rate reductions were supposed to accomplish was expanding the productive capacity of the US economy through higher investment, not just stimulate near-term growth. They weren’t meant to be some Keynesian, demand-side policy. Reaganomics was a supply-side experiment. But what happened?

 

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In this AEI Events Podcast, vice president of the European Commission, Valdis Dombrovskis, spoke on the close economic cooperation between the United States and the European Union and ways to address new economic and security challenges.

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Please join AEI for a conference on pro-growth policy options to address the economic challenges facing the European Union.

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Some have argued that we are at Peak America – as in, we’ve hit a plateau economically. What kinds of repercussions does that have for culture and American society more generally?

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The observed productivity decline has helped drive the idea that the US and other advanced economies are stuck in a “great stagnation.”

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I don’t know how autonomous vehicles will affect measured productivity data. But they are going to be a pretty big deal, nonetheless.

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It looks like worker wages, adjusted for inflation, have gone nowhere overall since Bruce Springsteen released “Born to Run” in 1975.

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Peter J. Wallison, co-director of AEI’s program on financial policy studies and White House counsel to President Ronald Reagan, took the time to answer some questions on the current state of US financial regulation and more.

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Real GDP during the Obama recovery has only been half that of the Reagan recovery. Blame Obamanomics? One problem with this theory — or even the idea that the hangover from the financial crisis bears all the blame — is that the economy’s troubles preceded both the Obama presidency and the Great Recession.

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