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Growing the innovation economy requires tight and deep integration of global markets—but with the critical caveat that this integration must come with strong commitments to openness and robust, market-oriented national competitiveness policies, not protectionist market distortions. ITIF's research focuses on how to promote robust trade, especially in innovation-based industries, and curb the spread of innovation mercantilism in all its forms.


How Expanding the Information Technology Agreement to an “ITA-3” Would Bolster Nations’ Economic Growth

How Expanding the Information Technology Agreement to an “ITA-3” Would Bolster Nations’ Economic Growth

Completing a second expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (an “ITA-3”) could bring more than 400 unique ICT products under the ITA’s tariff-eliminating framework, which would add more than $750 billion to the global economy over 10 years.

How to Mitigate the Damage From China’s Unfair Trade Practices by Giving USITC Power to Make Them Less Profitable

How to Mitigate the Damage From China’s Unfair Trade Practices by Giving USITC Power to Make Them Less Profitable

Section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act allows the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) to bar imports when domestic industries suffer harm due to unfair competition. Congress should expand the law to better address the unfair trade practices China uses to capture market share in advanced industries at America’s expense.

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December 12, 2023|Events

Is India Ready to Compete in Global Semiconductor Value Chains?

Please join ITIF in-person for an event releasing a report commissioned by the U.S.-India Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) to assess India’s readiness to assume an even greater role in global semiconductor value chains.

November 16, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

China Gains as U.S. Abandons Digital Policy Negotiations

The USTR’s decision to no longer support provisions that protect cross-border data flows has far-reaching implications for the future of governing the internet and data that will reverberate beyond the WTO and IPEF. The absence of U.S. advocacy for data flows sends the message to other countries that they can enact restrictions that will discriminate against U.S. firms—which undermines the U.S. economy and leadership in governing digital technologies.

November 15, 2023|Blogs

Why Healthy Trade Relations Matter for Advanced-Technology Industries

Exports account for a substantial share of advanced-technology industries’ sales, making them critical for funding the innovation and development of advanced firms’ next generations of products and services, which is key to U.S. growth and competitiveness.

November 13, 2023|Podcasts

Podcast: The Importance of Reducing Anticompetitive Market Distortions, With Alden Abbott and Shanker Singham

There is a troubling chasm between trade policy and competition policy.

November 6, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments on the Joint ITA-NIST-USPTO Collaboration Initiative Regarding Standards

The Biden administration (and the EU) need to carefully protect the role that patents and SEPs play in their respective ability to innovate and compete with China.

October 27, 2023|Blogs

Ten Problems With Canada’s Plan to Tax U.S. Internet Services Companies

Instead of enacting counterproductive tax grabs from U.S. digital firms, Canada and others should wait for the OECD to complete its Base Erosion Profits Shifting (BEPS) plan.

October 23, 2023|Podcasts

Podcast: How China Continues to Shirk Its Trade Obligations, With Dennis Shea

China has had a dismissive attitude about its obligations as a member of World Trade Organization ever since it joined the organization.

October 12, 2023|Blogs

Stronger Semiconductor Export Controls on China Will Likely Harm Allied Semiconductor Competitiveness

It’s finally clear to most in Washington that the United States faces a major competitor in China in defense, advanced technology industries, and other realms. There’s also a growing bipartisan consensus that the United States needs to limit China’s advancement. But that’s where the consensus breaks down.

October 10, 2023|Blogs

Unpacking the Biden Administration’s Strategy for Technical Standards: The Good, the Bad, and Ideas for Improvement

Success in the increasingly fierce competition for tech leadership relies partly on how well each country’s respective firms and experts influence the development of technical standards. Companies in the United States and their experts are key players because they are skilled at using the open, voluntary, industry-led, and consensus-based rules of standards organizations to turn their innovations into accepted technical specifications.

October 2, 2023|Features

America Doesn’t Import Too Much From China; the Real Problem Is U.S. Exports Are Too Low

America’s imports from China look large because China is so large. But proportionally, they’re less than those from the other Asian tigers. America’s large trade deficit stems primarily from its lack of high-value manufacturing exports, not just to China but to the world.

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