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.||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 Economic Footprints of the Agricultural and Construction Equipment Industries April - September 2014 - The Association of Equipment Manufacturers worked with Inforum to investigate the economic scope of the manufacturing, distribution, and use of agricultural machinery and equipment, producing a paper entitled "The Economic Impact of the Agricultural Equipment Industry." The second paper of the series followed in September, entitled "The Economic Footprint of the Construction Equipment Industry on the U.S. Economy."||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.|