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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 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.

The Hamilton Index of Advanced-Industry Performance: Data Visualization Tool

The Hamilton Index of Advanced-Industry Performance: Data Visualization Tool

Seven strategically important industries. Sixty-six countries. Twenty-four years’ worth of value-added output data. This interactive visualization tool benchmarks national performance both in nominal U.S. dollars and relative to national shares of global GDP, an industry-concentration ratio known as a location quotient (LQ).

More Publications and Events

November 28, 2022|Events

How Updating a Century-Old Trade Law Could Limit China’s Ability to Profit From Unfair Trade Practices

Please join ITIF for a briefing event featuring Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and an expert panel of current and former U.S. trade officials who will discuss how to finally deter China’s predatory trade practices.

October 26, 2022|Events

2022 Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance Summit

Watch the opening ceremonies live at 8:00 PM EDT on October 26th for a keynote speech from ITIF's President Rob Atkinson along with remarks and a panel discussion surrounding industrial, trade, and innovation policies.

October 20, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Did China “Destroy” Globalization?

China did not cause income inequality. And it is only partially responsible for low productivity and wage growth. But if it had lived up to its WTO obligations, the world’s faith in globalization would have suffered much less than it has.

October 19, 2022|Presentations

Takshashila-Hudson Panel Discussion on 75 Years of India-US Partnership

Daniel Castro speaks on an online panel hosted by the Takshashila Institution and the Hudson Institute about opportunities to improve India-US relations on digital technology and trade.

October 17, 2022|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the International Trade Administration on AI Export Competitiveness

AI is transforming economic sectors and industries, creating new areas for innovations, and making its way into global trade discussions. A strong understanding of the AI landscape will be important to the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Department of Commerce to ensure policy actions effectively strengthen the international competitiveness of U.S. industry and foster economic growth by promoting trade and investment.

October 12, 2022|Presentations

How Web 3.0 and Digital Assets Will Impact Global Trade and Investment

Daniel Castro speaks about how Web 3.0 and digital assets will impact global trade and investment at the Coalition of Service Industry's Global Services Summit.

September 26, 2022|Presentations

Promoting Digital Exports From Bangladesh: What Role for Cross-Border Data Flows?

Daniel Castro addressed the topic of digital transformation and trade versus data protectionism at an event organized by the Research and Policy Integration for Development (RAPID).

September 22, 2022|Presentations

U.S. Industrial Policy, Subsidies, and Trade

Rob Atkinson spoke on an expert panel hosted by the Washington International Trade Association. Topics included what the Chips and Science Act means for the U.S. jobs, exports, and international trade policy, and how these bills position the U.S. relative to China and in relation to its allies and partners.

September 19, 2022|Reports & Briefings

How the EU Is Using Technology Standards as a Protectionist Tool In Its Quest for Cybersovereignty

Europe professes to want greater transatlantic digital cooperation, yet it is systemically excluding U.S. firms from participating in its technical standards-setting processes. A real transatlantic digital alliance requires real EU-U.S. cooperation on technical standards.

September 19, 2022|Blogs

Fact of the Week: The US Manufacturing Trade Deficit as a Share of GDP Through June Is at Its Highest Level Since 2008

After falling from its peak of 5.7 percent in 2006 to 3.6 percent in 2019, the United States’ manufacturing trade deficit as a share of its GDP has risen to 5.3 percent in 2022 through June, its highest level since 2008 (5.5 percent).

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