Expanding Apprenticeships in the U.S.

Although common in other countries, apprenticeships are not widely known in the U.S.  Despite their lack of widespread use, they provide a cost effective training model that leads to middle-class jobs.  Apprenticeships provide cost advantages to employers utilizing these programs as a source for developing skilled talent.  Many other methods of attaining or developing a skilled workforce are more expensive or less effective. Continue reading

Does the US Government Need to Encourage Manufacturing?

The New York Times Magazine ran a story today about the Obama’s administration’s experiment with “industrial policy,” encouraging certain industries with start-up funds to increase their initial viability.  Compared with other countries, particularly China and Japan, the U.S. has largely avoided such policies in recent decades.  Continue reading