In the Winter issue of Issues in Science and Technology , Rob Atkinson argues that current proposals to stimulate U.S. competitiveness are necessary but not sufficient to meet the challenges posed by a rapidly evolving global economy and the aggressive policies of other nations. He makes a number of specific policy proposals, organized into four areas: 1) work to create a global trade regime based on markets, not mercantilism; 2) overhaul the corporate tax code to spur innovation; 3) create new research partnerships; and 4) make digital transformation of the economy within 10 years a national goal.
Publications: Robert D. Atkinson
January 8, 2007
October 26, 2006
ITIF comments discussing the economic and technological benefits that would result from the BellSouth-AT&T merger.
October 23, 2006
Supply-Side Follies: Why Conservative Economics Fails, Liberal Economics Falters, and Innovation Economics is the Answer
Supply-Side Follies methodically debunks the common assumptions of conservative economics and demonstrates why it is a flawed doctrine that is setting up the U.S. for a major economic downturn in the near future.
October 8, 2006
In this article, ITIF President Rob Atkinson argues that the United States needs to be preparing now for what it will do when the information technology-driven economy begins to become less of an engine for economic growth at some point in the future.
October 1, 2006
Article by Rob Atkinson in CIO Magazine about how CIOs should respond to the challenges posed by those who oppose the implementation of new technologies like RFID.
September 21, 2006
Presentation by Rob Atkinson at the 2006 Biometric Consortium Conference in Baltimore, MD. The presentation discusses the messages and tactics biometric opponents use and what biometric proponents need to do to counter the detractors.
September 5, 2006
The Research and Experimentation Tax Credit: A Critical Policy Tool for Boosting Research and Enhancing U.S. Economic Competitiveness
The Research and Experimentation Tax Credit can play an important role in ensuring that the United States remains an attractive location for global companies to conduct research. Not only does the credit spur the retention and attraction of investment in R&D in the United States, new scholarly research shows convincingly that the credit is an effective tool for stimulating additional research, which in turn leads to faster economic growth. However, while the United States had the distinction of providing the most generous tax treatment of R&D of all OECD nations in the early 1990s, by 2004 we had dropped to 17th most generous.
September 1, 2006
ITIF President Rob Atkinson’s presentation at the 2006 Accelerating Innovation Conference in Washington, DC.
July 10, 2006
Because online legal services are a direct threat to revenues, the legal industry has used its regulatory power to thwart the emergence of these cheaper online legal offerings.
July 10, 2006
Public Versus Private Restraints on the Online Distribution of Contact Lenses: A Distinction Without a Difference
ITIF President Rob Atkinson argues that private restraints to limit the online sale of contact lenses are anti-competitive and anti-consumer.