Since 2003, MAPI and The Manufacturing Institute have tracked the excess burden of structural costs—corporate tax liability, employee benefits, tort litigation, regulatory compliance, and energy—of U.S. manufacturers relative to their counterparts in our nine largest trading partners. This competitive disadvantage persisted throughout the first decade of the century and started to increase again in 2011.

Taken together, structural costs were 20 percent higher than for our major competitors, up from 17.6 percent in 2008. Without this cost disadvantage, the United States would be a lower-cost platform for manufacturing than all of our major trading partners except China, Mexico, and Taiwan, thanks to a 50 percent increase in productivity since 2000.

View the 2011 Structural Cost of Manufacturing Report 

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