Economic Theory

Many say the decline in new business formation over the past 30 years has been caused by increased monopoly. But there is no statistical relationship between start-up creation and change in concentration by industry; high-growth start-up activity is healthy.
Economic Theory
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May 4, 2018
As Rob Atkinson and Mike Lind write for the New Republic, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt weren't the anti-corporate crusaders that they're portrayed as by populists today.
November 12, 2017
Democrats have made “cracking down on corporate monopolies” a key part of their plan for shared prosperity. But much of the case for more vigorous antitrust enforcement falls apart on close inspection.
September 7, 2017
In Digital DNA: Disruption and the Challenges for Global Governance (Oxford University Press, 2017), Peter Cowhey and Jonathan Aronson show how these technologies unleash dazzling changes in the information, communication, and production capabilities that are transforming how the world works. Join ITIF for a discussion of Professors Cowhey and Aronson’s findings and policy proposals for the global innovation economy.
November 22, 2016
If Democrats want to win more Trump voters in the future, they will need to jettison “middle-out” economics and replace it with “growth economics," writes Rob Atkinson in the Christian Science Monitor.
November 16, 2016
ITIF offers a set of actionable proposals to spur innovation, productivity, and competitiveness that the Trump administration can accomplish in its first year.
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.