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Skills and Future of Work

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. Our research on skills and the future of work covers skill-building 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.

May 9, 2022

The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation on “The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy” at the “Education and Training of a Big Data Workforce Symposium” hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

April 18, 2022

Fact of the Week: Sixteen Percent of Americans Have Worked for an Online Platform App

U.S. labor law doesn’t yet know what to do with people who make all or part of their living on gig-enabling Internet platforms like Uber or TaskRabbit.

March 28, 2022

Fact of the Week: Teleworking Options Are Expected to Remain Available After COVID-19 for 70 Percent of Workforces Employed in Knowledge-Intensive Services

Managers found that company productivity improved under a companywide teleworking policy, with the strongest ratings on productivity improvement made from managers of firms in “hybrid” models, where workers share time between the home and office.

March 7, 2022

Fact of the Week: The Number of Female STEM Graduates Has Grown 30 Percentage Points Faster in the Last Two Decades Than the Number of Male Grads

In time-series data from 2003 to the most recently released year of 2019, NSF reports that the annual number of female STEM graduates rose from 183 percent, from 1.2 million in 2003 to 2.2 million in 2019.

February 22, 2022

A Worker-Centric Trade Agenda Needs to Focus on Competitiveness, Including Robust IP Protections

In his shift to a “worker-centric trade agenda,” President Biden should reject the counsel of anticorporate, antitrade progressives who deny that U.S. companies’ interests align with U.S. workers’ interests. A new competitiveness-focused approach to trade policy can support both.

February 9, 2022

Dignity in a Digital Age: Making Tech Work for All of Us

There is much to like about Rep. Khanna’s agenda, especially as it relates to stronger federal support for helping disadvantaged workers and regions, spurring greater levels of technological innovation, and raising taxes on the wealthy. It would be nice if voters could have that without a heaping helping of anticorporate regulation, which would hurt innovation, economic growth, and U.S. competitiveness.

January 21, 2022

The US Digital Skills Shortage Is Worse Than We All Thought

Manufacturing will bear the brunt of it, along with overall U.S. competitiveness.

January 11, 2022

What a National Strategic-Industry Policy Should Look Like

ITIF hosted a discussion of what a robust national strategic-industry policy should—and should not—entail.

December 13, 2021

Podcast: The Keys to Diversifying Computer Science Education, With Dr. Juan Gilbert

Rob and Jackie sat down with Dr. Juan Gilbert, chair of the University of Florida’s Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department, to discuss how the United States has fallen behind in recruiting students in science, technology, engineering, and math and what policymakers, universities, and industries can do diversify their candidate pools.

November 29, 2021

Assessing the State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy

An increasingly digitalized global economy requires ever-more digitally skilled workforces for nations to remain productive. Unfortunately, domestic and international assessments of digital skills show the United States is lagging its competitors.

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