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Chapter Two: The Energy Revolution and the Future of the US Labor Force


America is experiencing an energy renaissance due to fracking and higher oil production. The use of coal to generate electricity has fallen and been replaced by natural gas. As a result, America has gained a competitive advantage over Russia and Saudi Arabia in energy production.

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Discussion Questions

  1. How can we encourage productivity among workers?
  2. What are some examples of technology that have improved productivity among workers?

Additional Resources

  • Read Michael Boskin’s chapter “A Blueprint for Tax Reform” in Blueprint for America here.
  • You can find the rest of Blueprint for America here.
  • For more from Michael Boskin on marginal tax rates, click here.