News Clips

May 21, 2017
Robots really mean skyrocketing economic growth and higher-paid jobs, a new think-tank report reveals. In a slap in the face to conventional wisdom, Robert Atkinson told The New York Post the US economy could dig itself out of economic malaise and quintuple US growth from the present anemic 1 percent or so.
May 15, 2017
“You only have so many chips you can play here. You can’t win everything, and so you’ve gotta decide what are the top 10 things that, at the end of the Trump administration, that you want different from China,” said Rob Atkinson in POLITICO Morning Trade.
May 14, 2017
“[The Trump administration has] a single metric for trade success and that’s ‘have we reduced the trade deficit with a country?’. And the Chinese fundamentally don’t care about the deficit. They are willing to give that away. What they care about is dominance in advanced industries,” said Rob Atkinson in the Financial Times.
May 12, 2017
"I think the biggest weakness of it might be that it is really drawing heavily from government to implant the plan,” said Daniel Castro in Axios.
May 12, 2017
“The Trump administration deserves credit for taking seriously the need to increase U.S. exports to China. But the initial results of the 100-day action plan of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue indicate that the Chinese government has shown once again that it can out-maneuver the U.S. government when it comes to bilateral trade issues,” said Rob Atkinson U.S. News & World Report.
May 11, 2017
“It used to be that people would say ‘I want military-grade security’ — but now you want to say ‘I’m using what Google is using,’” said Daniel Castro in the San Francisco Chronicle.
May 11, 2017
“We are disappointed to see that this executive order is mostly a plan for the government to make a plan, not a private sector-led, actionable agenda,” said Daniel Castro in The Wall Street Journal.
May 10, 2017
The Wall Street Journal writes, Rob Atkinson and John Wu examined government data back to 1850 to measure jobs lost in slow-growing occupations and jobs created in fast-growing occupations, their proxy for job creation and destruction driven by technology and other forces. By this measure, churn relative to total employment is the lowest on record.
May 10, 2017
Rob Atkinson says in the Washington Post that the great fear today is that this will change. Technology will eliminate jobs and not replace them. People worry that their “occupational capital [their job skills and knowledge] will be destroyed.” Machines will permanently substitute for people. “That’s what the debate about robots and artificial intelligence is all about,” he said.
May 9, 2017
“The labor market is complex and opaque. People tend to think about technology and jobs from their own very direct, personal experiences. The major one they think about nowadays is Uber, and they see taxi drivers losing their jobs. What people forgotten is that if you go back to the 1970s, for example, there was this huge decline in farm workers. 400 or 500 thousands workers lost their jobs, telephone operators lost their jobs. There was this occupation called ‘file clerks,’ that don't exist anymore,” said Rob Atkinson in Axios.