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Luke Dascoli


Economic & Technology Policy Research Assistant

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Luke Dascoli was an Economic & Technology Policy Research Assistant at ITIF. He was previously a Research Assistant in the MDI Scholars Program at the McCourt School of Public Policy's Massive Data Institute. He holds a B.A. in Political Economy from Georgetown University.

Recent Publications

June 21, 2022

The North American Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

The North American innovation ecosystem is increasingly diverse. In collaboration with Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Fundación IDEA, and the Bay Area Economic Council Institute, ITIF compiled this index to identify economic differences among states and provinces and highlight regions needing more federal attention, identify cross-national innovation performance, and track the continent’s overall competitiveness in the innovation-driven global economy.

April 18, 2022

Fact of the Week: Sixteen Percent of Americans Have Worked for an Online Platform App

U.S. labor law doesn’t yet know what to do with people who make all or part of their living on gig-enabling Internet platforms like Uber or TaskRabbit.

April 11, 2022

Fact of the Week: Investing in AI Significantly Reduced Business Risk During the COVID-19 Pandemic

An increase of one standard deviation in the use of AI applications is associated with a 9.2 percent reduction in business risks due to the pandemic.

April 1, 2022

Fact of the Week: Nearly 93 Percent of DRAM Chips Are Produced in South Korea, China, and Taiwan

America’s lack of global manufacturing competitiveness in this technology is not just a matter of comparative advantage, but is rather evidence of a risky overdependence that has come to shock U.S. supply chains.

March 28, 2022

Fact of the Week: Teleworking Options Are Expected to Remain Available After COVID-19 for 70 Percent of Workforces Employed in Knowledge-Intensive Services

Managers found that company productivity improved under a companywide teleworking policy, with the strongest ratings on productivity improvement made from managers of firms in “hybrid” models, where workers share time between the home and office.

March 21, 2022

Fact of the Week: In the First Year of the Pandemic, E-Commerce Leapt from 10.5 Percent of Retail Sales to 14.6 Percent

Prior to 2020, there were consistent, gradual increases in the share of retail purchases made online—an uptick of 0.49 percentage points each year from 1998 to 2019.

March 14, 2022

Fact of the Week: Large Firms Implementing Artificial Intelligence Enjoyed Additional Productivity Growth Within Just Three Years

Time-lag implementation in the regression also showed a delay of three years between the point of AI adoption and return on productivity growth, indicating an investment delay for AI that could also explain previous literature gaps.

March 7, 2022

Fact of the Week: The Number of Female STEM Graduates Has Grown 30 Percentage Points Faster in the Last Two Decades Than the Number of Male Grads

In time-series data from 2003 to the most recently released year of 2019, NSF reports that the annual number of female STEM graduates rose from 183 percent, from 1.2 million in 2003 to 2.2 million in 2019.

February 28, 2022

Fact of the Week: Quantum Computers Don’t Require Quantum Advantage in Order to Maintain Their Economic Edge

Even in circumstances without quantum advantage—and where the modeled classical firm is cheaper to scale—the quantum firm’s lower variable computing costs directly improve profitability by reducing the firm’s cost base and indirectly improve profitability by generating greater benefits to investing in market creation.

February 22, 2022

Fact of the Week: The Cold War Productivity Gap Between East and West Germany Would Have Been More Than 13 Percent Larger if the East Had Not Engaged in Industrial Espionage

Econometric analysis using scientific records from East German intelligence informants versus measurements of total factor productivity showed a statistically significant negative relationship between industrial espionage and the gap in productivity between East and West Germany.

February 14, 2022

Fact of the Week: Increasing Industrial Use of AI Improves Purchasing Power and Reduces regionsal Inequality

The long-run benefits of industrial intelligence in China shows that AI can be an engine for regionsal economic parity as well as for growth.

February 7, 2022

Fact of the Week: Developing Countries Are Leading Global Growth in Robot Adoption

From 2000 to 2016 new robot adoption grew by roughly 70 percent in North America and Europe, whereas it grew more than 300 percent in the rest of the world.

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Recent Events and Presentations

December 2, 2021

2021 Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance Annual Summit

The GTIPA’s annual summits bring together alliance members with world-leading experts to explore creative solutions to the difficult economic, trade, and innovation challenges facing the international community.

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