Rob Atkinson writes in American Compass that putting conservatives and moderates who embrace a national industrial strategy in the same boat as far left critical theory-inspired, identity politics warriors is just plain dumb, substantively and politically.
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January 12, 2021
January 11, 2021
If Congress Moves Forward with Social Media “Interoperability Requirements,” Deplatforming Users Will Be A Thing of the Past
A Democratic-led Congress will certainly be considering steps to regulate social media, and many critics in the media will likely cheer them on. But they should be careful of the unintended consequences of some of their proposed remedies.
January 11, 2021
Fact of the Week: A 1 Percent Increase in Mid-term Military R&D Funding Stimulates Increases Privately Financed R&D Expenditures by 0.11 to 0.14 Percent
Defense R&D spending can help to relax credit constraints on innovate sectors, increase profitability of spin-off projects, and foster entrepreneurship.
January 6, 2021
With future elections likely to divide along stark partisan lines, and election security in question, end-to-end verifiability can let voters know that their ballots have been received and not tampered with.
January 4, 2021
Fact of the Week: A 1 Percent Increase in the Use of Robots Eventually Leads to a 0.1 Percent Increase in Wages and a 0.06 Percent Increase in Employment
The effects of robots on wages and employment can be said to have a “U shape”—lowering wages and employment initially, but with a diminishing impact over time, and then driving higher wages and more employment.
December 23, 2020
Rob Atkinson writes in American Compass that some industries, such as semiconductor microprocessors (computer chips) can experience very rapid growth and reductions in cost, spark the development of related industries, and increase the productivity of other sectors of the economy.
December 21, 2020
Fact of the Week: 84 Percent Of Global Firms Plan To Accelerate Digitalization In The Next Five Years, and 50 Percent Plan to Increase Automation
With technologies like cloud computing and big data now more widespread and better understood, firms can discover new ways to leverage them, leading to increased productivity growth.
December 17, 2020
The DOJ’s attempt to instill corporate selflessness by prohibiting favoritism is at odds with competition on the merits and the spirit of fundamental economic freedoms.
December 16, 2020
Congress should at least double the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program (currently funded at $285 million), but limit the additional funds only for true STEM degrees, rather than fields like psychology, economics, and sociology, which NSF wrongly defines as STEM.
December 14, 2020
Fact of the Week: One Dollar of Automation Spending Increases Sales by 37 Cents and Raises Profits by 78 Cents While Driving Down Consumer Prices by 5 Cents
If automation proves to have a more positive impact on employment than once previously thought, then it could greatly alter the national conversation surrounding workforce development and technological innovation.