MAPI — Manufacturers Alliance News and Reports —September U.S. Industrial Outlook and More

A weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI.


Issues in the Brief


America’s Disturbing Loss of Economic Freedom
Economists have long theorized that economic freedom has a strong positive effect on economic growth. Nobel Prize–winning economists Gary Becker and Milton Friedman quantified how to measure economic freedom and found a high correlation with economic prosperity.

Mental health in the workplace—A silent and salient issue
Companies use a variety of metrics to measure and improve company performance, productivity and safety. What many may not realize is that addressing and investing in mental health will improve these same metrics.

Argentina: Politics and Policies
Fernando analyzes the recent presidential primaries in Argentina and the anticipation the eventual results may hold for Argentines and the country’s businesses in terms of economic and commercial policy. Can Daniel Scioli maintain his lead?


Economic Update

Global Outlook Webinar
Cliff reviews the current state as well as the outlook for a global economy in which a slowly broadening and strengthening U.S. economic rebound is sharply countered by weakness and instability throughout large parts of the world. (Running time: 54:29)

Economic Forecast: Modest to Moderate Growth But No ‘Breakout’ Boom
Several factors have challenged economic growth in 2015, among them a severe winter, the West Coast port strike, a strong dollar and collapsing oil prices. Assuming the first two were anomalies, there should be marginal improvement for 2016, according to our new forecast. (Running time: 40:30)

U.S. Industrial Outlook, September 2015
Manufacturing industrial production rose at a 1.2% annual rate in the second quarter of 2015—a meager recovery from the weather-depressed 0.7% decline in the first quarter.

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