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Regaining America's Competitive Edge

"There are a number of weaknesses [in the U.S. economic system] that are getting worse such as the complexity of the tax code, the ineffectiveness of the political system, fiscal policy, and the K-12 education system,“ said Harvard Business professor Jan Rivkin. In this interview, Rivkin and education expert Paul Vallas prescribe ways for the US to regain its economic edge.

China and the WTO: Domestic Challenges and International Pressures

Report on a December 11, 2001 Wilson Center Conference focused on three major challenges posed by China’s membership in the WTO: adjust in the rural sector; the impact on China’s state run enterprises; and the myriad adjustments China will make as it meets its WTO obligations.

Is Entrepreneurship the Key to Economic Recovery?

Historically, economic downturns have provided fertile ground for entrepreneurship. Is the same true during the current economic crisis? Amy Wilkinson, who has been studying and reporting on the vital world of entrepreneurs, describes how public policy can spur entrepreneurship and job creation.

Competing in the Global Marketplace

Is America excelling in the global marketplace? A series of Wilson Center conferences is exploring growing global challenges as European and Asian competitors invest to build a comparative advantage in high-tech goods and services.

Making a Success of Every School: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century

The Program on America and the Global Economy along with Paul Vallas, Distinguished Scholar and noted education reformer recently released a publication identifying the main challenges facing U.S. education in the 21st century.

Going Global: Chinese Oil and Mining Companies and the Governance of Resource Wealth

This report by Senior Scholar Jill Shankleman was drawn from her six-month research project at the Center examining the impact of China's oil and mining companies' overseas expansion on the governance of resource wealth.

The Currency Conundrum

On January 11, 2001, the Wilson Center hosted a day-long conference on the world's major currencies, addressing the growing importance of currency values and exchange rates, and analyzing the options for U.S. policy. This conference report features formal presentations, discussions, and analysis from top finance officials, scholars, and experts.

Politics Aside, Debt Fix Is Clear

The formula to avoid the “fiscal cliff” is simple write Jane Harman and Vin Weber: a bipartisan compromise including spending cuts, entitlement reform and changes to the tax code that was outlined nearly two years ago in The Simpson Bowles Act. “No party can solve these knotty issues alone or without compromise,” the former members of Congress write for Politico.

America's Economic Challenges on the Global Stage

The Wilson Center's Kent Hughes takes a brief look at the problems America confronts as it tries to gain a comparative advantage in the global marketplace.

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