China’s long-standing and rampant “innovation mercantilist” policies harm global innovation by taking market share and revenues from more-innovative foreign competitors, thereby diminishing the resources they can invest in research and development toward further innovation.
Publications: Robert D. Atkinson
May 10, 2021
Fact of the Week: Firms With More Than 1,000 Employees Are 10 Times More Like to Use AI Than Firms With 5 to 10 Employees
The costs and complexities of AI suggest that it is easier and more economical for larger firms to use.
May 7, 2021
The reality is that most of the labor markets with high levels of employer concentration are rural and small-town areas with few employers overall.
May 6, 2021
Korea’s progress has slowed over the last 15 years and its productivity performance, while still stronger than that of the U.S. and other global leaders, is slower than it was.
May 3, 2021
Fact of the Week: Every 1 Percent Increase in Wages for Low-Skilled Jobs Leads to a 2 to 5 Percent Increase in Automation Innovation
If the United States wants to be globally competitive in automation-related technologies, especially vis-à-vis China, then policies to ensure higher wages for low-skilled workers are key, including expansionary fiscal and monetary policy for full employment, stronger limits on low-skill immigration, and a higher minimum wage.
April 27, 2021
The Biden administration needs to renew America’s role as a power trader, but with a new focus of maintaining its relative lead, economically and technologically, over China. It will require changes in the strategy and organization of U.S. trade policy.
April 26, 2021
Fact of the Week: Increasing R&D 10 percent per 100 Lab Scientists Can Yield a 2 Percent Increase in Patent Applications
Funding for federal laboratories is critical to accomplish key national missions. But policymakers have realized it also drives technology commercialization.
April 23, 2021
Big organizational reforms that move heavy boxes on agency org charts is supposedly the new third rail in Washington politics. Maybe so, but if we want to compete effectively with China, it’s time to step on the third rail.
April 23, 2021
Engaging China with climate hat in hand will do nothing to address climate change, and worse, it will reduce the leverage the United States needs to pressure China to dismantle its predatory innovation mercantilist regime, which weakens our economy and national security.
April 15, 2021
Rob Atkinson participated in a discussion on the regulation of technology companies as a part of Observer Research Foundation's Raisina 2021.