Competitiveness

China’s mercantilist strategy to grab market share in the global semiconductor industry is fueling the rise of inferior innovators at the expense of superior firms in the United States and other market-led economies. That siphons away resources that would otherwise be invested in the virtuous cycle of cutting-edge R&D that has driven semiconductor innovation for decades.
Competitiveness
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March 22, 2021
Please join ITIF for a discussion of the health of the current U.S. innovation and production system, including the defense industrial base, and what the new administration and Congress should do to strengthen it.
March 18, 2021
Join ITIF's Center for Data Innovation to discuss what the digital sector needs to unlock the power of data while spurring competition and innovation.
February 18, 2021
China’s mercantilist strategy to grab market share in the global semiconductor industry is fueling the rise of inferior innovators at the expense of superior firms in the United States and other market-led economies. That siphons away resources that would otherwise be invested in the virtuous cycle of cutting-edge R&D that has driven semiconductor innovation for decades.
February 18, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has wrought tremendous dislocations upon the global economy and society, and in recent weeks yet another impact has started to emerge: a shortage of certain semiconductor chips affecting a range of industries from automobiles to consumer electronics.
February 8, 2021
But these generous policies so far have not resulted in market dominance. To date, only 148 of COMAC’s planes are confirmed to have been purchased.
February 3, 2021
Forcing the federal government and contractors to buy more U.S.-made products will either increase prices (and raise taxes) or reduce procurement levels. If the administration is to go down that path, it needs to be sure that cost is worth it.
January 28, 2021
When it comes to the economy, the Biden administration will have to focus on three things: COVID, a recovery package, and China. Competing with China will require a robust, sector-focused industrial strategy, writes Rob Atkinson in American Compass. Building political support for this strategy means arduously reprogramming an entire chain of glitchy logic.
January 22, 2021
Rob Atkinson appeared on Jordan Schneider’s China Talk podcast to discuss U.S. industrial policy grand strategy in light of China’s rise, what the US can expect from its allies on tech policy, as well as the “power trader” paradigm and how Albert Hirschmann’s analysis of 20th century Kaiser and Nazi trade policy helps explain China today.
January 19, 2021
For America to remain the global leader in IT, the U.S. government must formulate a grand strategy grounded in a new doctrine of “digital realpolitik.” The first priority should be advancing U.S. interests by spreading the U.S. digital innovation policy system and constraining digital adversaries, especially China. This will entail working with allies when possible—and pressuring them when necessary.
January 11, 2021
Antitrust advocates allege market-leading “superstar” firms—particularly in digital industries—succeed through anticompetitive conduct. But evidence shows they outperform competitors by investing in innovative technologies and global operations that create more value.

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