Global Economy

The Global Youth Bulge: Challenge and Opportunity

  A young person’s search for the right job has never been easy. However, according to the International Labor Organization, the difficulty for young people to secure decent employment is at a high. This unfortunate reality is a global challenge, and it directly affects American interests.  Young Americans face some of the same challenges as […]

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Smart Power

Dr. Seuss Teaches Us to Thrive in the Knowledge Economy

Today’s globally competitive Knowledge Economy demands high literacy skills.  Nearly two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. will require some post-secondary education.  A growing portion of jobs require advanced learning including the ability to identify, evaluate, and synthesize relevant information and use higher-level thinking strategies to solve problems.

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Global Economy

Trade and training the American Workforce: Enhancing on-the-job worker training

The future of American innovation, growth, and prosperity depends on a highly-skilled, well-trained workforce. Most of tomorrow’s workers are already on the job—enhancing and updating their skills to compete in the high-tech global market place is key to sustaining American competitiveness. Key Findings: Worker skills are key to economic opportunity and competitiveness for the U.S. […]

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Poverty

More than half of the world’s worst-paid jobs vanished in the last generation.

The ILO’s estimates over time find the count of very poor workers down from 811 million in the early 1990s, to 491 million in 2007, to 375 million in 2013. The child labor estimates don’t go as far back, but are also down: 245 million in 2000 to 215 million in 2008, and the 168 million for 2012. Admitting uncertainties in measurement and daily fluctuations, this suggests that each day 32,000 boys and girls exit child labor, and 53,000 workers move out of very low-income life.

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Global Economy

Four states have doubled exports since 2009: New Mexico, Louisiana, Texas, & North Dakota

THE NUMBERS: Export shares of GDP, 2013 * – U.S. National 9.5% Top 6 States – Louisiana 25.0% Washington 20.0% Texas 18.2% South Carolina 14.3% Kentucky 13.8% Vermont 13.7% * Merchandise only, as services exports are not available by state. The U.S.’ national export share of GDP is 9.5 percent for goods alone (used above […]

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Technology & Innovation

21st-Century Trade Policy: The Internet and the Next Generation’s Global Economy

The question the uniquely ‘21st-century’ aspects of policy can help answer is about the nature of the global economy of 2030: perhaps one in which the Internet helps create a more affluent, more pluralistic, and more humane global economy; or, alternatively, one in which the digital world fragments, thickens, and ultimately comes to mirror the divisions of the physical world.

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