Narrowing the U. S. Current Account Deficit: A Sectoral Assessment

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780881321036
  • Publisher: Peterson Institute for International Economics
  • Publication date: 6/1/1992
  • Pages: 607

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
Objectives of the Study 3
Methodology 4
Uses of a Disaggregated Approach 6
The Critical Role of US Manufacturing 9
Organization of the Study 15
Bibliography 16
2 The US Current Account in Perspective 17
The Current Account Dissected 19
The Key Role of Merchandise Trade 29
Manufactures Trade and the Current Account 33
Policy Implications 35
Summary 37
Bibliography 38
3 The Role of Manufactures in Global Trade 41
Trade in Goods and Services 43
Manufactures Trade 43
Product Composition of Manufactures Trade 46
Manufactures Trade Shares and Flows 47
Manufactures Trade and International Capital Flows 57
Summary 58
Bibliography 60
4 An Overview of US Manufactures Trade Performance 61
Measuring the International Competitiveness of US Manufacturing 63
Trade Performance Measurements of International Competitiveness 69
The Effects of Foreign Direct Investment on Trade Flows 74
Geographical Composition of Manufactures Trade 78
Changes in the Product Composition of Manufactures Trade 84
Price and Volume Effects 88
Market Performance by Two-Digit Product Group 94
US Current Account Deficits in Perspective 98
Other Views of the Competitiveness of US-Based Manufacturing 101
The Lack of Sources of Continued Improvement 103
Summary 108
Bibliography 112
5 Individual Product Group Assessments 115
Objectives and Methodology 117
Chemicals and Related Products (SITC 5) 121
Paper, Paperboard, and Articles Thereof (SITC 64) 148
Textiles (SITC 65) 163
Nonmetallic Mineral Manufactures (SITC 66) 179
Iron and Steel (SITC 67) 192
Nonferrous Metals (SITC 68) 210
Manufactures of Metal (SITC 69) 233
Specialized Industrial Machinery (SITC 72) 249
Metalworking Machinery (SITC 73) 269
General Industrial Machinery (SITC 74) 286
Office Machines and Computers (SITC 75) 302
Telecommunications and Sound-Reproducing Equipment (SITC 76) 323
Electrical Machinery and Parts (SITC 77) 342
Road Vehicles (SITC 78) and Internal Combustion Engines (SITC 713) 362
Aircraft (SITC 792) and Aircraft Engines (SITC 714) 394
Furniture (SITC 82) 416
Apparel (SITC 84) 429
Footwear (SITC 85) 447
Professional, Scientific, and Controlling Instruments (SITC 87) 462
Miscellaneous Manufactures (SITC 89) 477
General Bibliography 495
6 Questionnaire Survey Results 499
Description and Methodology 501
Export Expectations and Constraints 502
Factors Influencing Imports 512
Capital Investment and US-Based Production Capacity 517
Exchange Rate Effects 521
Conclusions 524
7 Key Findings and Policy Implications 529
Manufactures Trade and US Current Account Performance 531
Summary of Past and Projected US Manufactures Trade Performance 535
US Manufactures Trade Performance: Specific Findings 540
Policy Implications 560
Bibliography 568
Appendix: Methodology and Statistics 571
Trade Data Bases 573
Market Shares 578
The 1993 Product Group Projections 581
Index 585
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