This volume examines the influences of technology and international trade policies on the troubled U.S. steel industry. Does leadership in technology guarantee competitive advantage in industrial markets? Or do the costs of production and the lack of investment capital offset technological gains for the domestic steel industry? Which international trade policies can help this industry, and which may be harming it? With these and other questions in view, The Competitive Status of the U.S. Steel Industry estimates global trends in steel trade, discusses patterns of production and consumption, and analyzes the possible effects of alternative governmental policies on this critically important industry.
Table of Contents
|1 Industry Background||20-32|
|2 Technology Assessment of the Domestic Steel Industry||33-45|
|3 Comparative Domestic and International Production Costs||46-69|
|4 Trends in the Production of Steel||70-81|
|5 Markets for Steel Products||82-95|
|6 Imports in the Domestic Market||96-111|
|7 Problems of the Domestic Industry||112-119|
|8 Policy Alternatives and Scenarios||120-137|
|Appendix A: A Summary of the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981||143-145|
|Appendix B: Estimates of Requirements for Factors of Production and Costs of Some Important Unit Operations in the Steel Production Sequence||146-158|
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