An increasing number of countries have come to realize that digital technologies and products are part of a fierce race for global innovation and technological advantage. Rather than invest the time, resources, and expertise to help their firms and workers become more competitive and innovative, they turn to digital protectionism. The testimony focuses on the evolution and impact of U.S. digital trade policy, especially its focus on making the moratorium on digital duties clear and permanent.
September 25, 2009
Countries should adopt innovation-based, domestic-growth strategies instead of relying on mercantilist, export-lead economic policies.
September 15, 2009
ITIF Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell’s article examines how the United States has lost its lead in developing innovation policies.
February 25, 2009
The 2009 report finds that while the U.S. still leads the EU in innovation-based competitiveness, it ranks sixth overall and last in progress over the last decade.
February 25, 2009
In this event, ITIF will release a report that uses 16 indicators to assess the global innovation-based competitiveness of 36 countries and 4 regions. Thr report finds that while the U.S. still leads the EU in innovation-based competitiveness, it ranks sixth overall. Moreover, the U.S. ranks last in progress toward the new knowledge-based innovation economy over the last decade.
January 30, 2009
Under current tax law, U.S. companies can defer the U.S. tax on the profits earned by their foreign-based subsidiaries until they transfer those profits back to the parent company here in the United States. In their new report, Robert Shapiro and Aparna Mathur analyze the impact of temporarily reducing the U.S. tax on repatriated profits on U.S. jobs, capital investment, and the financial squeeze.
January 13, 2009
Please join us on January 13, 2009 for a breakfast forum on Globalization and Technology Standards as four internationally recognized experts in the field provide an overview of the global framework for standardization, and the respective roles of the government and private sector in the United States in setting direction for the U.S. standards system and its interface with the global system.
September 10, 2008
ITIF will host a forum discussing U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, and release a report responding to RAND’s U.S. Competitiveness in Science and Technology report.
May 22, 2008
Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee on Combating Unfair Trade Practices in the Innovation Economy
The growing array of mercantilist trade policies that nations have enacted to unfairly disadvantage foreign – including U.S. – technology products.
January 30, 2008
In a recent Huffington Post blog posting, Rob Atkinson argues that, instead of embracing growth policies to raise productivity in all the sectors of its economy, China, like many developing nations, has erected neo-mercantilist policies designed to favor a few select export sectors. Not only are these trade practices unfair, but they are not the best way to raise living standards – in China and elsewhere. It’s time to develop a new global consensus that domestic productivity growth should be the key focus of economic policy in every nation.
October 3, 2007
Does the United States Benefit from U.S. IT Products Made Overseas? Mapping the Global Value Chain of the iPod and Notebook Computers
Professor Ken Kraemer, the co-author of a recent study of IT value chains, discussed the nature of the global supply chain for the iPod and notebook computer: where value is created, what each nation specializes in, and how much value each captures. Kraemer and ITIF President Rob Atkinson then discussed what kinds of public policies the United States needs to adopt to ensure that we stay competitive and capture a larger share of the value chain.