John Wu

John Wu
Economic Analyst
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

John Wu is an economic analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His research interests include green technologies, labor economics, and time use.

He graduated from the College of Wooster with a bachelor of arts in economics and sociology, with a minor in environmental studies. 

Recent Publications

June 4, 2018

Business R&D growth over the past three decades has been anemic, and companies are focusing more on near-term product development, less on basic and applied research. Meanwhile, the U.S. government is cutting support for research while many other countries are expanding support.

March 19, 2018

The global average for industrial robots per 10,000 workers increased to 74 robots in 2016 from 66 robots in 2015, a 12 percent increase, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

March 16, 2018

Raising the cost of ICT products by levying tariffs on ICT imports from China would reduce growth in U.S. ICT investments, which would lower productivity growth, and thus economic growth.

March 12, 2018

After the deployment of high-speed Internet in 12 African countries, 10 percent of employment growth could be attributed to that development, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

March 5, 2018

In 2017 alone, the average price of wireless telephone services—mobile phone contracts, prepaid plans, and Internet services—decreased by 12 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

February 26, 2018

From 1995 to 2014, investments in IT accounted for 20 percent of growth globally, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

February 20, 2018

Although automation in the German manufacturing sector decreased employment by 23 percent from 1994 to 2014, these job losses were fully offset by new job opportunities in the service sector, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

February 12, 2018

R&D labs are up to six times more likely to develop a patent through collaboration if they are clustered near other labs than if they are located by themselves, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

February 5, 2018

Washington had the highest demand for these job positions in 2017, with 12 percent of open job listings coming in data-science positions, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

January 29, 2018

As EU aging populations grow faster than their workforce, up to 70 percent of aging-society initiatives in the EU are enabled by information technologies, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

January 22, 2018

The invention of electricity and the internal combustion engine together accounted for 30 percent of U.S. productivity growth from 1899 to 1941, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

January 16, 2018

Digital platforms have helped independent music labels account for 35 percent of top-selling albums in 2010, up from 12 percent in 2000, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

Recent Events and Presentations

November 28, 2017

Technology-based startups are key drivers of America’s economic growth because they make outsized contributions to employment, innovation, and productivity. Unfortunately, policymakers tend to focus indiscriminately on helping small business startups without specifically targeting technology-based startups that have high growth potential. How can policymakers support the formation and success of new technology firms at the national and local level?