The Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) partnered to produce the 2011 Structural Cost Study.  This report is the fourth in our on-going series comparing the structural costs of the United States to our nine largest trading partners.

See the 2011 Structural Cost Report

The key finding is that U.S. manufacturers face a 20.0% structural cost burden in the global market compared to manufacturers in those countries.  This is up from 17.6% in 2008.

The two greatest factors contributing to the increase in the structural cost burden were the corporate tax rates and the employee benefit costs.  The spread in tort costs continued to fall and energy and pollution abatement costs held steady. 

The largest structural cost burdens were in relation to Taiwan, Mexico, and China.  The greatest change in cost burden from 2008 were with Canada and Germany and were substantially a result of the lowering of corporate tax rates in those countries since the last study.

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