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As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure. Our work on competitiveness policy includes analysis of the many factors and policies driving national competitiveness, including improving innovation ecosystems and the technical capacity of high-value-added industries.


The Hamilton Index: Assessing National Performance in the Competition for Advanced Industries

The Hamilton Index: Assessing National Performance in the Competition for Advanced Industries

Compared to major competitors, U.S. output in key advanced industries is weak and declining. Congress and the administration should launch an economic “moon shot” initiative committing to increase the concentration of these industries in the U.S. economy by at least 20 percentage points relative to the global average within a decade.

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April 27, 2023|Events

Reviving America’s Hamiltonian Tradition to Win the Economic Competition With China

Please join ITIF for an all-day conference with leading experts and policymakers to explore why and how Washington can look to Hamiltonianism for guidance in how to win the techno-economic contest with China.

March 21, 2023|Presentations

Key Issues Emerging From the Government’s Consultation on the Online Advertising Programme

Kir Nuthi speaks at "The Future for Online Advertising Regulation" conference on how the UK's Online Advertising Programme might affect international companies looking to work in the UK markets.

March 20, 2023|Reports & Briefings

What Kind of Industrial Policy: Progressive or Hamiltonian?

Progressives want to replace neoliberalism with green-equity-focused industrial policy, which would make America poorer and weaker. Washington should instead adopt a Hamiltonian agenda to win the global competition for advanced industry leadership, especially versus China.

March 10, 2023|Op-Eds & Commentary

How Should Allies Respond to China’s Technology Competition?

The recent alteration of the global geopolitical environment has brought into stark reality the weaknesses of long-running economic shifts (and proactive actions) that have favoured China—giving it market dominance and trade leverage throughout industries and supply chains. The future is going to be anything but certain, and Australia, the United States and their allies must be prepared.

March 9, 2023|Op-Eds & Commentary

How ‘National Developmentalism’ Built America

Embracing national developmentalism will be critical to enabling America to meet the existential challenge that is China.

March 6, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Fundraising by Venture Capital Firms in Q4 2022 Was at Its Lowest Level Since 2015

Venture capital firms raised $20.6 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, which is the lowest amount since the third quarter of 2015.

March 3, 2023|Blogs

Fair’s Fair: Biden Should Use the IRA’s Tax Credits to End Europe’s Targeting of U.S. Tech

The Biden administration should use access to the IRA Act’s EV benefits as the wake-up call that its partners can no longer have it all and that there are meaningful differences between friends and acquaintances when it comes to trade and technology cooperation with the United States.

March 2, 2023|Presentations

Policies to Stimulate Entrepreneurship and Scale-Ups in the United States

Stephen Ezell presents on policies nations can deploy to stimulate incubation and scale up of entrepreneurial start-up companies.

March 1, 2023|Presentations

What Policies Could Help Innovation and Start-Up Ecosystems to Scale?

Patrick Grady speaks about tech panics at a symposium.

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