ERIC Number: ED070833
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
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International Trade. U.S. Metric Study Interim Report.
Gordon, Gerald F.
In order to evaluate the potential effects of U.S. conversion to SI (Systems International) units on U.S. foreign trade, 188 export product classes and 155 import product classes were selected from 1,166 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) product classes and questionnaires were mailed to a total of 510 firms, utilizing separate forms for exporters and importers. Drawn from a computerized national index of industries, the number of forms selected for each product class was based on the total trade volume of the product class, which generally fell within one of these four groupings: (1) nonelectrical machinery, (2) electrical equipment and supplies, (3) transportation equipment, and (4) instruments and related products. American technological superiority appeared to be our chief advantage in international trade. Conversion to SI units would favorably influence U.S. exports rather than imports into the United States. A detailed summary of findings precedes extensive descriptions of the possible effects of metrication on U.S. international trade, specifically focusing upon seven selected American industries. Numerous tables present the data. Related documents are available as VT 018 023-018 028 and VT 018 036-018 037 in this issue, and VT 017 558 and VT 017 564 in March 1973 RIE. (AG)
Descriptors: Economics, Government Publications, Government Role, Industry, International Relations, Labor Relations, Metric System, National Surveys, Social Change, Tables (Data), Technological Advancement, Technology
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Catalog No. C13.10:345-8, $1.50)
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Standards (DOC), Washington, DC.