The adoption of technologies like smart phones and cloud computing has made it less important for people many occupations to do their work onsite where their companies are located. Data from the American Time Use Survey reflects this trend and suggests that working remotely has not increased the total hours spent working, on average.
Innovation Files Blog
August 22, 2019
Fact of the Week: Professionals Averaged 5.4 Hours per Week Working at Home From 2013 to 2017, a 38 Percent Increase From 2003 to 2007
August 21, 2019
While these two companies were right to finally cut ties with the notorious “cesspool of hate” after mounting public pressure, they should also be cutting their ties to other bad actors on the Internet, including those that engage in online piracy.
August 19, 2019
Fact of the Week: When Countries Double Immigration of Inventors From Places That Specialize in a Given Technology, They are 25 to 50 Percent More Likely to Produce new Patents in That Technology After 10 Years
When skilled migrants come to a new country, they bring both expertise in their fields and connections to experts in their home countries, increasing the likelihood that they will produce new inventions in the fields in which their home countries excel. New research has provided the broadest estimation of this effect, examining immigration between 135 countries and patents in 651 technological categories from 1990 to 2010.
August 12, 2019
Fact of the Week: Patents That Cite Scientific Articles are Worth 50 Percent More, on Average, Than Those That Don’t
Patents are a key measure of innovation, but there is wide variation in the market value of a given innovation. A new study identifies one source of that variation by examining the relationship between whether a patent cited scientific articles in its application and the patent’s subsequent value.
August 12, 2019
The United States is continuing to drift in the wrong direction when it comes to federal funding for research and development (R&D).
August 9, 2019
Successful negotiations between two parties—whether between spouses, companies, or in the case of the trade war with China, countries—depend on each side having an honest assessment of their part in the conflict.
August 9, 2019
Equifax recently announced a multi-million dollar settlement for a 2017 breach that affected 143 million Americans. At first glance, this might seem like justice for the little guy. But a closer look shows that the ones who stand to get the biggest payoff are the well-heeled lawyers who crafted the deal.
August 5, 2019
Fact of the Week: IT Workers Accept 2 to 4 Percent Lower Wages to Work at Companies That use Emerging Technologies
For IT workers, the chance to use emerging technologies represents an opportunity to develop new skills, which increases the wages they will command in the future. It follows that IT workers would be willing to earn less in the near term at a job that utilizes new technology in order to burnish their credentials and earn more later, which defrays the costs employers face in adopting new IT systems.
August 1, 2019
The United States is one of the most prosperous economies on earth because our elected officials and other leaders have embraced, or at least accepted, “creative destruction.”
July 29, 2019
Fact of the Week: Secret Patents Filed in 1945 Were Cited 15 Percent More Than Secret Patents Filed in 1940
From 1940 to 1945, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued more than 11,000 secrecy orders on patent applications deemed important to the war effort, forbidding inventors from disclosing their discoveries or filing patents in other countries. Secret patents can prevent inventors from defending their intellectual property or commercializing their inventions and prevent other scientists from learning from the advances to make further discoveries.