If in making its once-in-a-generation vehicle choice, USPS opts to forego the once-in-a-century innovation of electric vehicles and instead tie the agency to fossil fuel for the next 30 years, it would be a damaging lapse in a 230-year history of innovation.
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February 10, 2021
The Postal Service’s $6 Billion Procurement of Its Next-Generation Mail Truck: What Would Ben Franklin Do?
February 10, 2021
The shift to mass distance learning has underscored the need for schools to adopt educational technology that allows students to learn independently, whether at home or in the classroom, as well as to stay engaged. Augmented and virtual reality have the potential to meet these needs, but only if federal and state governments make targeted investments in these technologies.
February 9, 2021
The DMA may prove to be most effective in building walls where consumer prices may increase, consumer quality decrease, and entrenched market positions’ overall contestability diminish rather than increase. The DMA may potentially harm gatekeepers, something EU policymakers indeed have in mind, since virtually all the gatekeepers as defined by the DMA are American. But it will certainly replace them with walls for consumers and innovation.
February 8, 2021
Fact of the Week: China Has Provided Its State-Owned National Champion in Commercial Aviation as Much as $72 Billion in Development Subsidies
But these generous policies so far have not resulted in market dominance. To date, only 148 of COMAC’s planes are confirmed to have been purchased.
February 5, 2021
Banning targeted advertising, repealing Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and imposing common carriage rules on big tech firms all would do nothing to resolve the tensions over online political speech, but they would be disastrous for consumers and business of all sizes.
February 3, 2021
The overarching goal of U.S. economic policy should not be to help either investors or the middle class, it should be to ensure strong enterprises in the United States.
February 3, 2021
Forcing the federal government and contractors to buy more U.S.-made products will either increase prices (and raise taxes) or reduce procurement levels. If the administration is to go down that path, it needs to be sure that cost is worth it.
February 2, 2021
National Academies Report Charts Course: Decarbonize the U.S. Energy System by Accelerating Innovation
A landmark report released today by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) issues a clarion call for more clean energy innovation, finding that “deep decarbonization is technically feasible, but proactive innovation is essential.”
February 1, 2021
Fact of the Week: U.S. Firms That Invest in Cloud Services, Digitalization, and Other Business-Focused Technologies Have a Better Than One-In-Five Chance of Creating A New Innovation
The benefits of adopting technology can compound as firms combine the separate advantages of different technologies.
January 29, 2021
The Facebook lawsuit aimed at breaking up an innovative leader of social media arbitrarily favors internal growth over external growth, discretionarily disavows previous regulatory decrees with retroactive effects, and discards consumer preferences in order to impose the regulator’s preferences of a myriad of platforms forced to renege on the sought-after scalability of the platforms.