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Economic Strategy Institute (ESI) 2002f
1401 H Street, NW, Suite 560 Washington, DC 20005, United States
tel:1-202 289 1288 fax:1-202 289 1319,

Organizational Status: Independent institute, founded in 1989.

General Description: ESI is an activist think tank whose objective is to change American attitudes and policies in regard to competitiveness. It was founded out of the deep concern of key US industry and labor leaders, over the erosion of America's economic leadership, and with the hostility of media and academic commentators toward efforts to halt the slide. At the urging of-and with the major support of -industry leaders, Clyde Prestowitz set out to create an institute to define a new economic agenda by challenging old assumptions and developing an integrated, macro/microeconomic strategy to realize the full potential of America's rich material and human resources. Key to the institute's agenda are trade, competitiveness and economic policy issues that affect the nation's overall economic performance, the creation of good jobs and the welfare of individual industries. ESI believes that the foundation of any successful economic strategy is a sound macroeconomic policy and that it is also imperative to carefully consider the impact of microeconomic policies on the national economic structure. This includes trade negotiation priorities, government research and development spending, approaches to environmental and workplace regulations, the de facto biases of the tax code, and the decisions of regulatory bodies, in addition to a host of other sectoral policies. The institute's objective is to develop long-term targets for economic performance and a complementary set of macro and micro guidelines that will achieve this goal.

Annual Budget: USD 4 million (2001)

(As of December, 2002)

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