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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 productivity issues analyzes past, present, and future trends in productivity, and advances policies to drive robust productivity growth, including through tech-based automation.


The Enterprise Automation Imperative—Why Modern Societies Will Need All the Productivity They Can Get

The Enterprise Automation Imperative—Why Modern Societies Will Need All the Productivity They Can Get

Contrary to common belief, enterprise automation is not a cause for alarm, but instead a societal imperative. Modern nations will need all the productivity they can get to address today’s ever-more-resource-constrained challenges.

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February 20, 2024|Podcasts

Podcast: Quantum Computing’s Potential to Drive Business Results, With Murray Thom

While quantum computing technology is maturing more slowly than other innovations, its potential is vast.

February 9, 2024|Blogs

A Closer Look at US Private Sector R&D Spending in a Global Context

Congress should pass the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act to restore full R&D expensing to drive U.S productivity, growth, and global competitiveness.

January 8, 2024|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Belgian Firms That Sold Their Products to Superstar Firms Increased Their Productivity by 8 Percent

A 2023 working paper suggests that firms that establish supply chain links with superstar firms saw an increase in total factor productivity of about 8 percent after three years.

December 17, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Adoption of “Industry 4.0” Technologies Increased Italian Firms’ Productivity by 3.7 Percentage Points

A November 2023 working paper found that firms that adopted Industry 4.0 technologies experienced, on average, a 3.7 percentage point increase in labor productivity.

December 4, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Robot Imports Improved Productivity of French Manufacturing Firms

An October 2023 working paper found that a 1-percent increase in a proxy for robot exposure was associated with a 0.30 percentage point increase per year in productivity and a 0.15-percentage point increase per year in sales.

December 4, 2023|Podcasts

Podcast: Cultivating Innovation Ecosystems, With Jessica Corrigan

To flourish, innovation hubs need the right combination of talent, tech, funding, and market access.

November 26, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: R&D Supports Increased Productivity of Turkish Firms By 10 Percent

A September 2023 working paper analyzed the relationship between R&D support and firm performance and found that when looking at productivity and output, R&D supports increased productivity by about 10 percent and value-added output by about 9 percent

November 14, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

Technology Will Eliminate Some Jobs, But That’s Not the End of the Story

As Robert D. Atkinson writes in National Review, the reality is that all AI applications that increase worker productivity are in the national interest, regardless of whether they complement or replace the worker.

October 16, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Overall ICT Adoption Can Raise Total Factor Productivity By As Much as 25 Percent

A recent working paper found that an increase of one standard deviation in the proxy for overall ICT adoption was associated with a 25 percent increase in TFP and a 58 percent increase in labor productivity.

October 10, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Productivity and Market Concentration Are Positively Associated in Most of the Core Economies in Europe

A recent study found that the relationship between concentration and productivity was negative in only three of 15 countries.

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