The most important policy to boost economic opportunity is one that focuses on shifting the occupational mix toward fewer low-wage jobs and more middle-wage ones.
Labor Markets and Skills
October 1, 2018
Fact of the Week: States That Fund Computer Science Training for Teachers Have 72 Percent More High Schools Offering Computer Science Classes
As computing continues to become more integral to the way society operates, the education system will have to better equip students with the skills they will need to thrive. If computer science is only offered in college, then those who don’t attend college will be locked out of a crucial segment of the economy and fewer college students will be prepared to study computer science when they arrive.
September 12, 2018
Rob Atkinson spoke on a panel at the "Revitalizing American Industries: Putting Technology and Workforce Development to Work" event hosted by Real Clear Politics.
August 13, 2018
With proposals to ban everything from private cafeterias to electric scooters, cities like San Francisco have been lashing out at tech workers, because the popular perception has been that they drive up prices of everything, especially housing, for everyone else around them. But to the extent that these cost-of-living increases are real and intrinsic to the tech sector, they are more than outweighed by the improved wages the tech industry generates.
July 16, 2018
Women working in information and communications technology (ICT) constitute 1.86 percent of U.S. workers, which is 31 percent the rate of men working in ICT.
June 25, 2018
Fact of the Week: Manufacturing is not the Only Sector Employing Strong Share of Middle-Skilled Workers: the Film and Music Industries Employ Even Higher Shares
Middle-skill workers make up a fifth of the American workforce, but up to 25 and 30 percent in software and IT manufacturing, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
June 15, 2018
In order to fully capture the benefits of the emerging production revolution, EU policy makers and the European public must embrace, rather than slow down, the emergence or artificial intelligence and the transformation of most EU industries.
April 25, 2018
A series of essays from more than 50 policy experts around the world sheds light on the power of technology and the future of work across Europe and beyond.
April 23, 2018
Fact of the Week: An American Child Born to Parents in the Top 1 Percent of the Income Distribution is 10 Times More Likely to Grow up to be an Inventor Than a Child Born to Parents With Incomes Below the Median
American childen born to parents in the top 1 percent of the income distribution are 10 times more likely to grow up to be an inventor than those born to parents with incomes below the median, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
April 1, 2018
One of the biggest challenges that organizations face as they try to keep up with the growing number of cyberattacks is finding workers with the right skills, ITIF’s Daniel Castro writes for Government Technology Magazine.
March 27, 2018
In a report for the Canadian government ahead of the G7 Ministerial on Innovation and Employment, ITIF discusses why the coming technology wave is a progressive force G7 nations should embrace.