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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
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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February 21, 2024|Blogs
Boeing Is Too Important to Fail
Any regulatory responses to the recent door-panel failure need to be considered and proportionate, advancing safety while also factoring in the country’s strategic competitiveness.
January 25, 2024|Blogs
The Real “Reality” of America’s Deindustrializing Economy
A recent CATO report takes liberties with statistics to deny U.S. manufacturing is in decline. But the facts remain: It is. It matters. And we need an industrial policy strategy to address it.
June 15, 2023|Presentations
Industry 4.0: Tacit & Formal Manufacturing Knowledge, Technology Transfer, IP
Rob Atkinson spoke about the importance of intellectual property to continued innovation and how it fits into enabling future advanced innovation systems, especially in manufacturing, at an event held by Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and George Mason University's Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy.
May 8, 2023|Blogs
Fact of the Week: US Manufacturing Commitments Double in Response to Subsidies in the CHIPS and Sciences Act and the IRA
Companies have committed more than $200 billion to U.S. manufacturing projects since the passage of the CHIPS and Sciences Act and the Inflation Reduction Act last year.
March 29, 2023|Events
The Future of Manufacturing and Innovation in Germany and the United States
Join ITIF and OECD to explore policy questions that arose in the context of the OECD Review of Innovation Policy: Germany, but which have relevance to both the United States and Germany.
February 23, 2023|Blogs
Recent U.S. Manufacturing Employment Growth Hides the Sector’s Abysmal Productivity Performance
Over the last two years, the U.S. economy has added 830,000 manufacturing jobs. At first glance, this suggests a renewed strength in manufacturing. In reality, it masks a new weakness: productivity decline.
February 22, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles
Manufacturing and Trade Balances: A Response from Rob Atkinson
Supporting manufacturing to lower the trade deficit doesn’t have to mean the dreaded “picking winners”. It could mean an investment tax credit and much higher R&D tax credit. It could be official policy to not defend the dollar. It could mean a regulatory system that spurs innovation.
September 19, 2022|Blogs
Fact of the Week: The US Manufacturing Trade Deficit as a Share of GDP Through June Is at Its Highest Level Since 2008
After falling from its peak of 5.7 percent in 2006 to 3.6 percent in 2019, the United States’ manufacturing trade deficit as a share of its GDP has risen to 5.3 percent in 2022 through June, its highest level since 2008 (5.5 percent).
September 16, 2022|Blogs
Washington Post Gets It Wrong on Manufacturing Jobs
Catherine Rampell’s recent Washington Post column parrots conventional “inside the beltway” wisdom about U.S. manufacturing but demonstrates that pundits often don’t understand real economics.
July 25, 2022|Blogs
Fact of the Week: The Midwest and Great Plains are America’s Regional Leaders in Industrial Robot Usage
Industrial robot concentration is especially high in Michigan, where 39.5 percent of manufacturing employees had exposure to them in 2019.