Selected news stories are listed below. A complete listing of recent news also is available.
|Catching Up: Greater Focus Needed to Achieve A More Competitive Infrastructure September 23, 2014 - The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) worked with Inforum to investigate the economic benefits of a renewed effort to meet the United States' infrastructure needs. The report, "Catching Up: Greater Focus Needed to Achieve A More Competitive Infrastructure," documents the history of infrastructure investments to reveal steep declines of investment over the past decade. Inforum's LIFT model was used to consider the effects of higher spending levels for infrastructure, finding substantial gains possible for productivity, income, and GDP.||Lifting The Oil Exports Ban October 2014 - The Aspen Institute’s program on Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century and the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, jointly sponsored a report titled Lifting the Crude Export Oil Ban: The Impact on U.S. Manufacturing. The paper employed the Inforum LIFT economic forecasting model to analyze how removing the ban on crude oil exports could add to growth in manufacturing by stimulating higher levels of oil production in the United States. The study found both macroeconomic benefits and industrial sector gains.|
|International Conferences in Lisbon, Portugal and in Alexandria, VA July - September 2014 - The International Input-Output Association held its 22nd International Conference in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2014. Doug Meade made a keynote presentation, "Some Thoughts about the Interindustry Macroeconomic Model," and Ron Horst presented "The Supply Side of Health Care." The 22nd Inforum World Conference, hosted by the University of Maryland, was held in Alexandria, Virginia in September 2014. Over 40 participants from around the globe gathered to discuss their recent work.||The Supply Side of Health Care April 15, 2014 - There is a common assertion that health care is over one-sixth of the economy, but this conclusion is based only on a measure of health care demand. It is much more difficult to identify a corresponding ratio in terms of value added and employment. Our work reconciles information about the supply and demand sides of the national health sector. We link the National Health Expenditure Accounts to domestic production and imports, value added, and employment.|