Tech policy broadly defined becomes more important each presidential election, and this one is no different. As it has in every cycle since 2008, ITIF provides a side-by-side comparison of the nominees’ positions on key issues related to the progress of technological innovation.
Science and R&D
May 4, 2020
As policymakers consider the value of small business innovation programs, they should understand that their returns on investment are considerably larger than conventional estimates indicate.
April 27, 2020
Fact of the Week: Start-ups That Utilize Public Research Institutes are 5.3 Percentage Points More Likely to Innovate
Public research institutes (PRIs) are government-owned non-academic centers designed to collaborate with other research groups. They are a key complement to firms’ own R&D investments, although they are often overshadowed.
April 6, 2020
Fact of the Week: Industries That Depend on External Financing Suffer 9.3 Percent Deeper Drops in Their Patenting Rates Than Other Industries do After a Banking Crisis
In the wake of economic downturns, companies are forced to cut costs, often turning to R&D activities, which have a low impact on short-term revenue. A new study has isolated one of the mechanisms through which this takes place by examining patenting in the years after different kinds of economic crises.
March 31, 2020
How SBA’s Affiliation Rules for Venture-Backed Firms Will Limit the Effectiveness of the Paycheck Protection Program
The failure of small venture-backed businesses to qualify for Paycheck Protection Loans could cost more than 275,000 jobs this year directly and more 1 million jobs in total, including indirect losses. The Trump administration should waive the Small Business Administration’s “affiliation rule” in this crisis to prevent these mass layoffs and furloughs.
March 23, 2020
The economic and social impacts of COVID-19 are widespread and profound, so much so that it will take a long time to catalogue and assess them all in detail.
February 18, 2020
ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion on the risks of expanding export controls on U.S. technologies too far, and the strategic considerations involved in getting the balance right.
February 17, 2020
Congress should double the Alternative Simplified Credit, and lawmakers should pay for the increased research incentive by eliminating the tax break on qualified dividends, which mostly goes to wealthy stockholders.
February 15, 2020
Many of the capabilities the country needs for its defense reside in the private sector, so it is critical to establishing better links between the commercial sector and the military.
January 20, 2020
There is now a crisis of regional imbalance at a continental scale that is throwing off disturbing side effects that cry out for response.
January 14, 2020
A careful review of the scholarly literature and industry cases suggests that the effect of Chinese economic growth and trade expansion, fueled by a corrosive set of “innovation mercantilist” policies and practices has been negative for innovation in most developed nations, including North America, Europe and Japan.