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Ignorance Isn’t Bliss. The Impact of Opioids on Manufacturing

The U.S. is in the midst of its third drug crisis in the last 50 years. Drugs are now the leading cause of death for prime working age Americans. In 2016, drug overdose deaths from opioids increased fivefold compared to 1999. Opioids are now more fatal than car accidents were at their peak in 1972, than guns were at their peak in 1993, and AIDs was at its peak in 1995. Opioid overdoses also killed more people in 2016 than U.S. soldiers died in the entire Vietnam War.

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Productivity Dynamics in U.S. Manufacturing: An Industry-Based Analysis

Productivity growth in the computer and electronic products subsector, once the principal driver of productivity performance in the manufacturing sector, has experienced significant waning in recent years. Consequently, the U.S. manufacturing productivity outlook has become murky. This is a challenging trend for our society, because increased productivity growth helps lift living standards.

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An Aging, Urbanizing World

Demographics are no longer an academic matter and manufacturers must consider the business implications of global population trends. Dramatic demographic changes intersect with economic activity, with resulting repercussions for the business climate that would have been unimaginable just a decade ago.

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WorkforceKaryn Hill