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Economic Growth Depends Mainly on Micro Policies and Serendipity



(p. A2) In the long run, . . . , potential growth is a job for microeconomic, not macroeconomic, policy. It requires countless, painstaking fixes: raising labor-force participation with training and safety-net programs that don't discourage work; investment-friendly tax and regulatory policies to incentivize investments that take years to pay off, if ever; and trade deals that let firms market their products to the entire world. It will also take some serendipity as firms keep hunting for the next miracle technology. No one foresaw how the information revolution would revitalize productivity in the 1990s, and the next such breakthrough will probably surprise us as well.


For the full story, see:

GREG IP. "CAPITAL ACCOUNT; Rewriting Recent Economic History." The Wall Street Journal (Mon., June 2, 2016): A2.

(Note: ellipsis added.)

(Note: the online version of the story has the date June 1, 2016, and has the title "CAPITAL ACCOUNT; Post-Recession Rethink: Growth Potential Dimmed Before Downturn.")






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