A recent majority staff report summarizing the findings of a yearlong House Antitrust Subcommittee investigation into competition in digital markets is filled with analytical errors that highlight larger problems with the report’s basic framing and policy conclusions.
September 28, 2018
The collection of large amounts of data alone does not present a threat to competition and shifts in competition policy that would treat it as such would negatively impact data-driven innovation.
August 20, 2018
Unfortunately, as the economy has become more innovation-based, there has been considerably less focus on how regulatory agencies can both protect consumers from harm and avoid undermining incentives for innovation.
July 23, 2018
There’s no magic bullet to ensure firms will respond to environmental regulation by innovating. But a literature review shows certain conditions that will raise that likelihood, pointing the way to some important rules of thumb for policymakers.
July 11, 2018
Data protection regulations are often falsely described as means to increase consumer trust, and therefore technology adoption and use. Policymakers should be wary of those making this claim without evidence.
June 18, 2018
Despite assertions by President Trump that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is charging too little for package delivery, the evidence shows that package delivery is not subsidized and, in fact, that package revenue is playing a key role in shoring up shaky USPS finances.
June 15, 2018
As Nick Wallace writes for EUobserver, over-regulating artificial intelligence now risks the EU’s chance for global influence over the technology's future.
May 22, 2018
Rules that use market tools to fix problems are more likely to encourage innovation than command-and-control, technology-specific rules. So is regulation that gives companies clear long-term and achievable goals.
May 4, 2018
As Rob Atkinson and Mike Lind write for the New Republic, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt weren't the anti-corporate crusaders that they're portrayed as by populists today.
April 6, 2018
As ITIF President Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind write for the Wall Street Journal, showering privileges on firms because of their size is bad economics and bad policy.
March 29, 2018
In commentary for Fortune Magazine, ITIF President Rob Atkinson and Michael Lind write that America’s own antitrust policies perversely encourage the loss of technological leadership to rival nations.