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.
March 16, 2017
China’s systematic mercantilism is a threat to the U.S. economy and the very soul of the global trading system. America cannot respond with either flaccid appeasement or economic nationalism; it must assemble an international coalition that pressures China to stop rigging markets and start competing on fair terms.
March 15, 2017
Fact of the Week: University Scientists in Five Developing Countries Increased Their Publishing Productivity 43 Percent When They Had Free Access to Scientific Journals
Providing universities in developing countries greater access to scientific journals increases publications by 43 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
March 7, 2017
Fact of the Week: Increasing Imports of Intermediate Goods by One Percent Raised Manufacturing Productivity in Vietnam by 0.5 Percent
Trade improves productivity in manufacturing supply chains, as seen in recent empirical evidence from Vietnam, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
February 6, 2017
Fact of the Week: When a Country Increases Internet Subscriptions and Speeds by 1 Percent Each, Its Exports Increase by 0.8 Percent
When a country increases the number of people and businesses using the Internet and boosts speeds by one percent each, it exports 0.8 percent more goods, benefiting households and industries, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
January 9, 2017
Fact of the Week: Living Standards In Sub-Saharan Africa Could Rise 30 Percent If Mobile Phone Penetration Rates Increased From 25 Phones Per 100 People To 75
If the Sub-Saharan African mobile penetration rate could be brought up to 75 phones per 100 people, it would be possible for living standards to increase an average of 30 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
December 12, 2016
Fact of the Week: By Using Biometric Smartcard System, India Ensured Extra $41M a Year Goes to Welfare Recipients Instead of Being Lost to Inefficiency and Corruption
When India implemented a biometric smartcard system, it ensured that an extra $41 million a year goes to welfare recipients instead of being lost to inefficiency and corruption, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
November 30, 2016
Stephen Ezell gave a presentation at the Wilson Center on how to spur innovation in emerging markets, particularly in Latin America.
October 14, 2016
Fact of the Week: Among Low-Income Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda Have Shown the Most Progress Since 2012 in Developing Innovation Capabilities
According to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) annual Global Innovation Index, which ranks nations’ innovation ecosystems according to 82 indicators, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Uganda distinguish themselves as low-income Sub-Saharan nations that have shown the most progress since 2012 in developing better innovation ecosystems, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 31, 2016
Innovation Fact of the Week: When India and Indonesia Adopted E-Procurement For Infrastructure Projects, Construction Quality Improved 16% on Average
When India and Indonesia adopted e-procurement for infrastructure projects, construction quality improved 16 percent on average, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 12, 2016
Innovation Fact of the Week: Foreign Patent Applications in Tech Fields of Strategic Importance to China are 4-7 Percentage Points Less Likely to be Approved than Local Applications, All Else Equal
Foreign patent applications in technology fields of strategic importance to China are less likely to be approved than local applications, writes Stephen Ezell in Innovation Files.