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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December 8, 2017
Missouri has an opportunity to be a national “laboratory of democracy” for transportation funding policy if it uses its federal grant to demonstrate a vehicle-miles-traveled system for all heavy-duty trucks that travel in and through the state.
December 7, 2017
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ostensibly outlaws barriers to the flow of personal data between EU countries, and in September 2017, the European Commission published a draft regulation for a similar rule on non-personal data transfers. Yet a plethora of questions remain. How should policymakers address the remaining obstacles to data flows outside the union?
December 6, 2017
Most competitiveness strategies focus on broad measures such as improving the business environment or supporting better factor inputs for firms. While necessary, these steps do not constitute an effective competitiveness strategy. Policymakers must go much deeper.
December 6, 2017
In a deeply integrated global economy, with a growing number of goods and services readily tradeable across borders, nations face stiff competition to grow and attract high-value-added, traded-sector industries. Refusing to engage in this competition is not an option- so how can policymakers stem the dangerous decline in U.S. economic competitiveness.
December 5, 2017
From government chatbots that respond to citizen queries to municipal infrastructure that predicts necessary repairs, the public sector of tomorrow has the potential to be significantly smarter than it is today. While some government agencies have taken first steps towards smarter government, all levels of government face significant obstacles that limit their ability and willingness to embrace data-driven innovation. What steps should policymakers take to overcome these obstacles and accelerate the transformation to smarter government?
December 1, 2017
In the absence of federal action, states should allow consumers to freeze and unfreeze their credit at no cost; impose time limits on how long credit bureaus can take to unlock credit reports; and consider freezing reports by default.
December 1, 2017
House and Senate tax bills currently favor individually owned “pass-through” companies, which make their owners a good living but don’t do much for net new job creation or overall growth. Lawmakers should focus more on tech-based startups that drive innovation and have much more long-term growth potential.
December 1, 2017
Join ITIF for two expert panels on the intersection of technology and the future of U.S. manufacturing.
November 30, 2017
Sovereign governments, whose job is to represent the interests of their citizens, not the world’s, rightly assert that they have jurisdiction over cyberspace, at least to the extent it plays out within their borders. The problem is when this turns into digital balkanization.
November 28, 2017
ITIF's Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to the Article 29 Working Party, the advisory body of European privacy regulators, on its guidelines regarding algorithmic decision-making and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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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.