In the last few years many have argued that the middle class has not been receiving its fair share of productivity income growth. As a result, the focus of many, particularly those on the left, has shifted from promoting productivity growth to redistribution as a way to raise living standards for this group of Americans. A new ITIF paper examines carefully the trends over the last 25 years in income growth and finds that, contrary to the conventional explanation embraced by many on the left, the historical link between productivity growth and wage growth is not broken and it would be a grave mistake for our future if our nation gave up on growth and the policies that can spur it.
May 25, 2007
ITIF comments on FCC’s proposed revisions to its broadband data collection. It makes suggestions for improving existing methods of data collection, and proposes a user-generated mapping model to generate local broadband data.
May 22, 2007
Focuses on three areas of reform: patent delay, patent quality and the reasons why the PTO issues too many questionable patents, and the dramatic increase in patent litigation and awards.
May 10, 2007
ITIF describes the current copyright system and the problems with the recent the Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) ruling.
April 24, 2007
ITIF Broadband Rankings benchmark broadband penetration, price and speed in OECD countries.
April 2, 2007
Expanding the Research and Development Tax Credit to Drive Innovation, Competitiveness and Prosperity
ITIF outlines several steps Congress should take to strengthen the credit.
March 20, 2007
American competitiveness in the innovation-driven global economy has become a subject of intense concern, with many pointing to the shortage of well-trained American scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians (STEM). Amid the proliferation of policy proposals to address the problem, however, one critical component has been largely overlooked: the role of specialty math and science high schools. In a new report, ITIF argues that such schools graduate deeply knowledgeable and passionate students of science and math who are more likely to pursue these fields in college and beyond. As a result, funding the expansion of specialty science and math schools must be an important part of any solution to the STEM challenge. The report recommends taking steps to triple enrollment in math and science high schools to reach 140,000 by 2012.
March 13, 2007
This report examines the impact of IT in five key areas: 1) productivity; 2) employment; 3) more efficient markets; 4) higher quality goods and services; and 5) innovation and new products and services.
February 27, 2007
ITIF employs 26 indicators to assess the extent to which the 50 state economies are structured according to the tenets of the New Economy.
February 1, 2007
In a coauthored report with The Brookings Institution, Robert Atkinson and Howard Wial analyze the projected impact of service sector offshoring on U.S. metropolitan economies. While the report finds that the impacts of offshoring in most metropolitan areas over the next decade are likely to be modest, it forecasts higher than average job losses in twenty-eight U.S. metropolitan areas between 2004 and 2015. To address the impacts, the paper urges federal, state, and local leaders to pursue together policies that boost productivity and innovation, assist workers who are harmed by offshoring, and modernize approaches to economic and workforce development.