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Growing the innovation economy requires tight and deep integration of global markets—but with the critical caveat that this integration must come with strong commitments to openness and robust, market-oriented national competitiveness policies, not protectionist market distortions. ITIF's research critiques conventional development models that are more suited to the 20th century than the 21st; analyzes developing nations’ innovation potential; and advocates for the most effective technology and innovation policies.

Developing Economies

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October 11, 2021|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Fact of the Week: Rice Farmers in Nigeria Who Adopt Information-Sharing Practices Are 7.6 Percent More Productive

Econometric research found that farmers with access to extension services, where agents visit farmers directly to share new information and technology, were over 18 percent more likely to adopt improved rice varieties than farmers lacking extension services.

July 26, 2021|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Fact of the Week: Long-Term Digitalization Policy in Kenya Has Accelerated Economic Growth, and It Brought Digital Payment Services to Over 40 Million People In 2020

While there are more advancements to be made, Kenya’s long-term innovation policies for improved digital access prove that digitalization is a force for sustainable economic growth among developing nations.

April 2, 2021|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

A COVID-19 TRIPS Waiver Makes No More Sense for Copyrights Than It Does for Patents

Intellectual property has proved to be indispensable in developing effective vaccines and therapeutics. Nevertheless, advocates have seized the moment to petition the WTO’s TRIPS Council not just to suspend patents, but also to reform national copyright laws governing digital access to knowledge, and data and text mining.

March 9, 2021|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

TRIPS Waiver on COVID-19 IP Rights Wouldn’t Help Vaccine Access; It Would Just Harm Innovation

Amidst an unprecedented pace of innovation, some 90 developing nations, led by India and South Africa, have petitioned the WTO’s TRIPS Council calling for a waiver to suspend all IP rights associated with COVID-19 innovations—again asserting the false narrative that IP rights inhibit access to medicines.

February 22, 2021|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Fact of the Week: Indian Firms That Collaborated With Foreign Firms to Create One Patent Application Later Applied for More Patents Themselves and Increased Profitability Growth by 28 Percent

When domestic firms collaborate with foreign firms, domestic firms can benefit from knowledge spillovers, which has the potential to improve their performance. This is especially important if the domestic firm is in a developing country, as it allows the firm to “catch up” to world leaders, which boosts economic growth.

November 30, 2020|Reports & Briefings

Digital Economy Strategy in Colombia: An Analysis and Recommendations

Colombia faces significant political, social, and economic hurdles in building its digital economy, yet its progress toward developing a robust strategy deserves recognition. It has an opportunity to be a trailblazer and regional role model.

November 16, 2020|Op-Eds & Commentary, Blogs

Fact of the Week: The Share of Global Research Dedicated to U.N. Development Goals Tripled Over the Past 20 Years

A report by the tech research company Digital Science found that, in 2019, 500,000 publications or 10 percent of the world’s total, related to the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations.

September 24, 2020|Books & Edited Volumes

The Next Production Revolution: Potential Impacts on Developing Nations

There is both excitement and trepidation about the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” and its ability to power growth around the world—and one critical question is how its impacts may differ in developed and developing economies.

October 10, 2019|Presentations

The Moratorium and the Impact on Developing Countries

Nigel Cory gave a presentation at the World Trade Organization’s Public Forum on “The Moratorium and the Impact on Developing Countries.”

August 24, 2019|Presentations

Digital Trade Policy Dialogue: Latin America

Nigel Cory gave a presentation at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Trade Policy Dialogue in Puetro Varas, Chile.

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