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Can the United States Transform Itself Into an Exporting Juggernaut&quest

C. Fred Bergsten

Business Economics, 2011, vol. 46, issue 3, 154-158

Abstract: The United States is capable of becoming an exporting juggernaut if it follows the right policies. This paper discusses what goals the United States should pursue and how it should go about reaching them. The goals should be ambitious—more ambitious than current policy suggests. Gross exports should increase to about 20 percent of GDP, whereas the current account deficit should decline to about 2 percent. The most important instruments to achieve these goals are liberalization of export controls, aggressive pursuit of trade agreements, and exchange rate correction—particularly with China. The paper gives estimates of what can be achieved by these instruments.

Date: 2011
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