Economic Theory

In an article for American Affairs, Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind explain why national de­velopmentalism should guide American economic policy at home and abroad.
Economic Theory
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September 26, 2016
Approaching economic policy from a complexity perspective promises significant improvements, but only if we avoid passivity grounded in the view that action is too risky given just how complex economic systems are, writes Rob Atkinson in OECD Insights.
August 15, 2016
Please join ITIF for a discussion about how cities can prepare for the future and why local economies should focus on three key enablers of success: (1) attracting and nurturing human capital; (2) fostering collaborative, growth-oriented commercial environments; and (3) building strong foundations of technology, digital telecommunications, and physical infrastructure.
August 8, 2016
Rob Atkinson offers a test on Medium to see if you buy into the global policy consensus that gains one admittance into elite gatherings such as Davos or the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium
April 6, 2016
In a presentation to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science for the Government of Australia, Rob Atkinson discussed the historical and structural reasons for U.S. innovation leadership and global best practices for innovation policy.
February 10, 2016
In a presentation to the Small Business Economic Research Forum put on by the Small Business Administration, Rob Atkinson described the various ways many economists incorrectly think about tech and innovation and proposed that looking at an economy as an evolutionary system is a more grounded approach.
October 9, 2015
In a new book, Stephen Ezell and two co-authors develop a compelling new model of the innovation process in service firms, called the Service Innovation Triangle.
July 13, 2015
Rob Atkinson presented before the American Institute for Economic Research on what macroeconomists need to understand about technology and evolutionary economics.
May 13, 2015
Why Democrats (and Republicans) need a growth strategy that boosts enterprise demand for productive investments in research and development, skilled workers, and new machinery, equipment, and software.
May 13, 2015
Please join ITIF for a discussion of the limits of the “middle out” strategy and the kind of innovation-led growth agenda we need for all Americans to prosper.
January 28, 2015
Evolutionary economic theory can greatly improve economic and public policy.