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The Upside of Down by Charles Kenny

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CHAPTER EIGHT

        Policies at Home to Gain from Abroad

REFLECTING THAT AMERICANS don’t travel, study, or work abroad as much as their European counterparts, and despite the fact that America is dependent on the rest of the world more than ever, the country is still one of the least globally integrated. While US exports have been climbing, for example, 140 economies out of the 146 with export data from the World Bank in 2010 exported more than the United States as a share of their GDP. Only Nepal, Brazil, Haiti, Ethiopia, and Tonga did worse than the US export share of 13 percent of output. Even Afghanistan outdid the United States by 2 percent ...

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