Rather than slow down technological disruption to protect a small number of workers at the expense of the vast majority who are benefiting, policymakers should focus on doing significantly more to help those who are displaced transition successfully into new jobs and occupations.
Publications: Robert D. Atkinson
February 20, 2018
February 19, 2018
Perhaps it’s the natural human aversion to bad news—sometimes known as the “ostrich effect”—but few opinion leaders on U.S. economic policy appear willing to take a cold, hard look at the state of U.S. manufacturing. If they did, they wouldn’t be happy.
January 30, 2018
Writing in RealClear Policy, Rob Atkinson says that, to “Make America Great Again,” President Trump needs to articulate a clear vision and detailed agenda for restoring U.S. economic competitiveness.
January 25, 2018
In testimony before California’s Little Hoover Commission, ITIF President Rob Atkinson encourages state policymakers to support AI development and adoption while improving state systems for helping workers make transitions between jobs and occupations.
January 12, 2018
Xiaomi wants to join a growing list of companies—including Alibaba, Baidu, Huawei, Lenovo, and ZTE—that are gaining market share, not just in China, but globally. They would enjoy considerably less success if not for the Chinese government’s campaign of innovation mercantilism.
January 8, 2018
All states, but especially the laggards, would benefit from policies to attract more industry research funding, particularly as such funding appears to generate technology-based economic activity.
December 15, 2017
Now that the Republican-controlled FCC is officially scrapping the Obama-era net neutrality regulations, Rob Atkinson writes in RealClear Policy that it is taking all his will power not to crow to the hardline activists on the broadband Left: “I told you so.”
December 8, 2017
Missouri has an opportunity to be a national “laboratory of democracy” for transportation funding policy if it uses its federal grant to demonstrate a vehicle-miles-traveled system for all heavy-duty trucks that travel in and through the state.
December 6, 2017
Most competitiveness strategies focus on broad measures such as improving the business environment or supporting better factor inputs for firms. While necessary, these steps do not constitute an effective competitiveness strategy. Policymakers must go much deeper.
November 30, 2017
Sovereign governments, whose job is to represent the interests of their citizens, not the world’s, rightly assert that they have jurisdiction over cyberspace, at least to the extent it plays out within their borders. The problem is when this turns into digital balkanization.