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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 manufacturing policy examines current trends and encouraging continued innovation in the manufacturing sector through increased public and private investment.


Computer Chips vs. Potato Chips: The Case for a U.S. Strategic-Industry Policy

Computer Chips vs. Potato Chips: The Case for a U.S. Strategic-Industry Policy

With the rise of China, the United States needs more than a competitiveness strategy; it needs a policy specifically tailored to boost production and innovation capacity in strategically important industries—especially technologically sophisticated ones with dual-use capabilities.

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June 26, 2024|Presentations

The Right Prescription: Policy Priorities for Advancing Innovation in U.S. Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing

Stephen Ezell delivers a featured presentation at the 2024 national meeting of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIMBL).

June 10, 2024|Reports & Briefings

A Techno-Economic Agenda for the Next Administration

The next administration needs to place innovation, productivity, and competitiveness at the core of its economic policy. To that end, this report offers a comprehensive techno-economic agenda with 82 actionable policy recommendations.

May 28, 2024|Blogs

Explaining China’s Focus on “New Quality Productive Forces”

China is steadily cultivating new quality productive forces to enhance its economy. China’s huge marketplace provides extensive opportunities for testing, applying, and improving new technologies and business models. Other countries should take note and recognize that hidden behind this new buzzword, China has begun to articulate a clear game plan for boosting its techno-economic leadership in the global economy.

May 15, 2024|Blogs

The “Invent Here, Make Here” Act Should Fully Advance, Not Partially Impede, Bayh-Dole’s Mission

The bill proposes useful steps to facilitate domestic commercialization, but it overreaches in placing excessive restrictions when innovators prove unable to identify domestic manufacturing capabilities despite their best efforts.

May 13, 2024|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Manufacturers That Adopt More Digital Technologies Are More Likely To Export

A recent working paper found that a 1-unit increase in the proxy variable for digital intensity was associated with a 5.8 percent increase in the likelihood that a firm would export.

April 19, 2024|Blogs

Accelerating Digital Technology Adoption Among U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Helping SME manufacturers adopt digital technologies will boost productivity, expand output, and allow them to simultaneously raise wages, compete in global markets, and be more flexible in their production processes.

April 15, 2024|Reports & Briefings

How Innovative Is China in the Chemicals Industry?

China is leading in chemical production, especially basic chemicals. And while it is currently lagging behind on innovation—especially in more complex fine chemicals—all signs suggest it will catch up with the global leaders within the next decade or two.

April 1, 2024|Podcasts

Podcast: Supply Chain Origins and Innovations, With Yossi Sheffi

The term ‘supply chain’ is relatively new, but the activities involved are not as new as we think.

March 25, 2024|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Manufacturing Firms That Adopt Robots Export More Often Than Non-Adopters

A recent working paper found that not only are manufacturers that adopt robots more likely than non-adopters to export, they also export to more regions.

March 11, 2024|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Manufacturing Firms That Use Cloud Computing Export More Often Than Non-Users

A recent working paper found that manufacturers that use cloud computing systems are more likely than non-users to export, and they also export to more regions.

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