Innovation and Competitiveness

Innovation and Competitiveness

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.

Innovation and Competitiveness
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January 16, 2018
While there is much excitement about autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles hold much more promise over the next decade or so. However, absent proactive public policies, especially to enable infrastructure to “talk” to vehicles, the development and adoption of connected vehicles will be suboptimal.
January 12, 2018
The growing use of artificial intelligence actually increases the potential for protecting consumers' privacy by reducing the number of humans who see their personal information.
January 9, 2018
While some policymakers are working to make housing more affordable, such as through targeted tax credits and lending programs, few have focused on how to use technology to drive down the transaction costs involved in buying and selling a home.
January 8, 2018
All states, but especially the laggards, would benefit from policies to attract more industry research funding, particularly as such funding appears to generate technology-based economic activity.
December 20, 2017
DOE invests about $14 billion per year in its 17 national research laboratories. That is a lot of money, and it supports many brilliant minds, but too often the ideas these investments lead to, and the skills that they nurture, are trapped inside the fence line of the labs.
December 20, 2017
Most private investors don’t have the deep pockets and patience to wait for clean, cheap energy technologies to mature. We need smart public policy to solve the problem.
December 19, 2017
Data-driven solutions can help states cut costs and focus resources. Here’s how to get in on the action.
December 15, 2017
Now that the Republican-controlled FCC is officially scrapping the Obama-era net neutrality regulations, Rob Atkinson writes in RealClear Policy that it is taking all his will power not to crow to the hardline activists on the broadband Left: “I told you so.”
December 13, 2017
What does the rise of artificial intelligence and robotics portend for human workers? Rob Atkinson argues “these technologies are no different than past technology waves,” and he bets U.S. unemployment will remain below 8 percent in the year 2035. Calum Chace disagrees.
December 12, 2017
In testimony before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, ITIF’s Daniel Castro discusses the importance of artificial intelligence to the U.S. economy and how best to govern it.

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Competitiveness
Competitiveness: analysis of factors and policies driving national competitiveness, including improving innovation ecosystems and the technical capacity of high-value-added industries.
Economic Theory
Economic Theory: assessing the negative impact of conventional neo-Keynesianism and neoclassical economics on the 21st century economy and promoting “Innovation Economics” as a sounder alternative.
Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies: analysis of issues surrounding the development and adoption of transformative new technologies—from drones and advanced robotics to 3D printing and digital currencies.
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property: analysis of how appropriately governed intellectual property protections—including patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets—drive innovation.
Labor Markets and Skills
Labor Markets and Skills: building skills through science, technology, engineering, and math education; use of technology in primary and secondary school; higher education reform; innovations such as massive open online courses; and incumbent worker-training policies.
Manufacturing
Manufacturing: examining current trends and encouraging continued innovation in the manufacturing sector through increased public and private investment.
Productivity
Productivity: analyzing past, present, and future trends in productivity, and advancing policies to drive robust productivity growth, including through tech-based automation.
R&D and Innovation
R&D and Innovation: promoting public and private investment in research and development through public funding for research at national laboratories and universities, tax incentives to encourage business R&D, and policies to spur technology transfer from lab to market.
State and Local
State and Local: assessing state and local technology and innovation policies, and benchmarking progress in the broader transition to the new economy.
Taxes, Budget, and Regulation
Taxes, Budget, and Regulation: how taxes, budgets, and regulation can boost investment, competitiveness, and economic growth.