What should the fifth U.S. economic recovery package look like? Rob Atkinson's op-ed in American Compass explains that it must address both the short-term and long-term health of the economy.
May 11, 2020
Fact of the Week: Increasing Industrial Robot Adoption Between 2000 and 2014 Increased Employment by 5 Percent and Value Added by 12 Percent
The automation of manufacturing industries is a major public concern due to the salience of layoffs that are directly attributed to robot adoption. But closer analysis of automation’s impacts generally reveals that these fears are overblown.
April 20, 2020
Fact of the Week: After Swedish Emigration Increased by 10 Percent in the Late 19th Century, Patenting Increased by 6 Percent
Emigration, especially of high-skilled workers, is often presumed to be a major problem for developing nations. However, emigrants can drive innovation in their home country by driving up the costs of wages, and thus the returns to labor-saving inventions. A new study supports this idea, comparing the rates of emigration and patenting between communities in Sweden in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
April 6, 2020
Relief should look beyond the immediate medical emergency and toward new policy that would spark manufacturing, here.
March 30, 2020
Fact of the Week: The Ratio of Patent Filings to Population Living in Large Cities has Been Rising in the United States, but Falling in 13 out of 14 Other OECD Countries
It is widely presumed that agglomeration effects cause large cities to have large advantages in the innovative process. A new study tests this presumption by examining the proportion of patents filed in large metropolitan areas from 2000 to 2014 across 14 OECD countries.
March 23, 2020
Fact of the Week: Winning the H-1B Lottery Increases a Start-up’s Odds of Going Public in Five Years by up to 53 Percent
Demand for H-1B visas, which allow U.S. firms to recruit high-skilled foreign workers, has dramatically exceeded the supply—there were 200,000 applications in 2019 for the 85,000 visas that were available.
March 9, 2020
The expansion of railroads across the United States in the late 1800s dramatically increased interconnections between communities, allowing businesses to reach new markets and incentivizing more efficient resource allocation. These effects are particularly salient today, given that the adoption of broadband has played a very similar role in the modern economy.
March 2, 2020
Fact of the Week: European Manufacturers Added Five New Workers for Every Robot They Deployed From 1995 to 2015
The growth of artificial intelligence has stoked fears that industries beyond manufacturing could be significantly automated. This underscores the need to study the evidence about modern automation, especially because the facts frequently contradict common concerns.
January 21, 2020
Fact of the Week: Industrial Espionage Reduced the Productivity Gap Between East and West Germany by 10.3 Percent
By the end of the Cold War, West Germany’s productivity was 3.6 times larger than East Germany’s. Utilizing the complete set of industrial information provided to East Germany between 1970 and 1989 by informants in West Germany, researchers have estimated that East Germany’s productivity would have been 10.3 percent lower in 1989 without this espionage.
January 1, 2020
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December 2, 2019
New technologies are poised to automate everything from infrastructure to traditionally human jobs. Some may fear a coming robot takeover, but as Daniel Castro writes for Government Technology, the real problem is that automation isn't happening fast enough.