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Is Laffer Throwing Us a Curve?

February 08, 1981

Arthur Laffer should be brought before a court. Not hauled by his hair, but politely invited. Not before a regular jury, but before a jury of his peers -- what has been called a science court.

Beware: Economic Theories

January 31, 1981

The medicine the Reagan Administration is preparing for the body-economy consists of vast overdoses of two medications, two of which are incompatible to boot.

Reindustrialization or Quality of Life, America Must Choose

January 01, 1981

Years of excessive consumption and insufficient investement in out economic fundation have undermined America's productive capactiy.

Housing: An Early Reagan Reindustrialization Test

December 20, 1980

Plans for an across-the-board income tax cut, aimed chiefly to benefit individuals are competing with a rapidly rising chorus of calls for tax cuts aimed at stimulating productive capacity and investment.

Forget About Copying Japan Inc

December 07, 1980

NOBODY HAS YET recommended that Americans wear kimonos to work, spend their evenings with bar girls or eat rice with short sticks. Never mind that most Japanese don't do these things either. In the present mania to do things the way the Japanese do, such subtleties are quickly overlooked. An intellectual fashion is like a disco pants fad: Everybody gets into it, whether it fits or not.

Mass Psychology in the White House

November 01, 1980

Early this year at the White House, we conducted an experiment in mass psychology which surpassed anything ever tried with sophomores in a Harvard psychology lab. The subjects were the nation and, indirectly, the world's economy. Psychology played a key role in the successful outcome of the experiment. It was a rather distinct use of psychology, interpretative and based on social psychology rather than experimental in the laboratory sense of the term. The time was mid-February 1980. In the background, economic news was coming in hard and fast, each bit gloomier than the last.

Re-Industrialize, Revitalize, Or What?

October 25, 1980

If the hedgehogs and the hedges keep trading names, it's awfully difficult to provide an even reasonably coherent description of the countryside.

The Father of Reindustrialization Speaks

October 07, 1980

The need to shore up America's productive capacity is widely recognized these days. Some refer to it as revitalization; some as renewal; I coined the term reindustrialization.

Rebuilding Our Economic Foundations

August 25, 1980

Developmental economics is the study of the evolution of modern economies in preciously underdeveloped countries.

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Why U.S. Industry Needs Help

August 18, 1980

The man who thought up "deindustrialization" says simply cutting taxed and red tape won't restore U.S. industry to its old bloom.

The Blue Collar Renaissance

July 27, 1980

AMERICANS WHO PLAN their careers, home buying, and otherwise structure their lives on the assumption that America has entered the "post-industrial era" better take another hard look at what is happening.

Reindustrialization: View From the Source

June 25, 1980

As the proud father of the thesis of ''reindustrialization,'' let me rise to its defense. Its potential is currently being clouded by the limitations of ''industrial policy,'' a remote relation, and misintroduced as the son of the post-industrial society, not its ancestor. But before I can set one and all straight, let me first properly present the newcomer.

Productivity: The Human Factor

April 21, 1980

Research on the effects of human factors on productivity is a much neglected field.

The Lack of Leadership: We Found It–In Us

February 23, 1980

"Give me a strong leader" is the number one theme of the current election campaign. From Kennedy to Connally, from Brown to Reagan, Carter has been charged with lack of leadership.

Choose We Must

January 01, 1980

“Can’t we have both social progress and economic progress?” I have often been asked when discussing the conflict in contemporary America between those who seek a quality-of-life society and ;hose who favor rededication to economic growth with groups ranging from industry and labor union leaders to community college students. Cannot America develop new energy). Sources, increase productivity, keep consumer products flowing, and use this country’s growing wealth to purchase an environment, a workplace, and consumer products that are healthier and safer? Cannot America both keep its economy groning and enhance harmony with others, within self, and with nature.