National Innovation Policies: What Countries Do Best and How They Can Improve

A survey of allied think tanks summarizes what 23 nations and the EU are doing best when it comes to innovation policy, and where there are the greatest opportunities to improve. In many cases, the successes can serve as model policies for other countries to adopt.

What the Evidence Shows About the Impact of the GDPR After One Year

One year later, there is mounting evidence that the law has not produced its intended outcomes; moreover, the unintended consequences are severe and widespread.

National Developmentalism: From Forgotten Tradition to New Consensus

In an article for American Affairs, Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind explain why national de­velopmentalism should guide American economic policy at home and abroad.

Digital Services Taxes: A Bad Idea Whose Time Should Never Come

Arguments used to justify digital services taxes on large Internet companies are flawed. The United States should counter these proposals and work to restore international consensus around tax treatment for multinational companies.

Principles and Policies for “Data Free Flow With Trust”

The foundation of the global digital economy is showing cracks. Countries that support an open, rules-based global trading system need to agree on a common framework.

How Stringent Export Controls on Emerging Technologies Would Harm the U.S. Economy

Depending on how restrictive export controls are, U.S. firms could lose $14.1 billion to $56.3 billion in export sales over five years, with the missed export opportunities threatening from 18,000 to 74,000 jobs.

A Policymaker’s Guide to Blockchain

Policymakers can and should do more to support blockchain innovation and adoption, such as ensuring regulations are targeted and flexible, so as to encourage blockchain experimentation.

The EU Needs to Reform the GDPR To Remain Competitive in the Algorithmic Economy

Europe’s success in the global algorithmic economy requires a regulatory environment that is fit for AI but does not reduce consumer protections.

A Policymaker’s Guide to Road User Charges

A national “road user charge” system would ensure that everyone who drives on America’s roads contributes their fair share of the infrastructure costs.

The Way Forward for Intellectual Property Internationally

Countries with robust IP rights and protections must recognize that new energy, new tactics, and a new strategy are needed to encourage other nations to contribute more and detract less from global innovation.

Innovate4Health Latin America: How Innovators Are Solving Global Health Challenges

Seven case studies showcase how IP rights are enabling innovators in Latin America to help solve some of the greatest global health challenges.

Is China Catching Up to the United States in Innovation?

If China were only a copier, then the competitive threat to advanced economies would be limited. But there is no reason to believe China won’t follow the path of “Asian tigers” that rapidly evolved from copiers to innovators, which poses a serious threat.

The Case Against Taxing Robots

Given that the economy has been in an unprecedented productivity growth slump—and the baby boom retirement wave is rising—taxing automation equipment ranks as a singularly bad policy idea.

FY 2020 Energy Innovation Funding: Congress Should Push the Pedal to the Metal

The Trump administration has once again proposed massive cuts to energy RD&D. Lawmakers should not give this year’s budget proposal any greater credence than they have given the last two. Congress should instead continue down the path of elevating innovation in clean energy as a national priority.

Healthy Funding: The Critical Role of Investing in NIH to Boost Health and Lower Costs

NIH funding is critical to improving health outcomes and reducing the societal costs of illnesses. Congress should increase the NIH budget and then maintain regular, steady increases.

Big Is Beautiful: Debunking the Myth of Small Business

This provocative new book now available from The MIT Press shows small businesses are not the drivers of our prosperity. Big firms are better for job creation, productivity, innovation, and most other economic benefits. Governments should stop tipping the scales toward small and adopt “size neutral” policies that encourage companies of all sizes to grow.

Clean-Energy-Based Economic Development: Parallel Tracks for State and Local Policy

Clean energy can support state and local economic development. Leaders can follow five tracks to leverage clean energy to accelerate economic growth.

The Bayh-Dole Act’s Vital Importance to the U.S. Life-Sciences Innovation System

Misusing the “march-in right” provision of the Bayh-Dole Act could negatively impact U.S. life-sciences innovation and result in fewer new drugs.

Tech Policy To-Do List

With nearly three dozen new additions, the updated “Tech Policy To-Do List” now provides a menu of more than 150 actionable ideas for Congress and the administration to foster innovation, growth, and progress.

The Task Ahead of Us: Transforming the Global Economy With Connectivity, Automation, and Intelligence

The next wave of digital innovation is coming. Countries can welcome it, prepare for it, and ride it to new heights of innovation and prosperity, or they can ignore the changing tide and miss the wave.

Which Nations Really Lead in Industrial Robot Adoption?

Southeast Asian nations significantly outperform the rest of the world in wage-controlled robot adoption, while Europe and the United States lag significantly behind.

ITIF Technology Explainer Series Icons

5G, AI, IoT, and more: In a reader-friendly series of two-pagers, ITIF provides overviews of important technologies that are likely to have a profound impact on the global economy and modern society.

Innovate4Health: How Innovators Are Solving Global Health Challenges

Twenty-five case studies underscore how innovators in developing countries—often enabled by robust IP rights—are achieving advances in life sciences and healthcare that benefit people around the world.

Think Like an Enterprise: Why Nations Need Comprehensive Productivity Strategies

Productivity is the key to improving living standards—so policymakers should ignore conventional economists who say there is little government can do about it and instead make it the principal goal of economic policy.

High-Tech Nation: How Technological Innovation Shapes America’s 435 Congressional Districts

America’s innovation-driven, high-tech economy isn’t concentrated around a few hubs like Silicon Valley; it is widely diffused—and every state and congressional district has a stake in its success.