Innovation Files Blog

January 25, 2018
Muni broadband should generally be avoided: Private broadband, coupled with regulatory oversight, provides much better incentives for efficient operation, long-term innovation.
January 22, 2018
The invention of electricity and the internal combustion engine together accounted for 30 percent of U.S. productivity growth from 1899 to 1941, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
January 16, 2018
Digital platforms have helped independent music labels account for 35 percent of top-selling albums in 2010, up from 12 percent in 2000, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
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 10, 2018
Policymakers should take an interest in understanding how data is transforming the economy, but looking to oil as a historical example is not productive writes Josh New in the Innovation Files. Data and oil have fundamentally different economic factors, and misapplying the analogy could undercut our ability to use data for the benefit of all.
January 8, 2018
In the U.S. private sector, only one in five scientists and engineers work in R&D-performing occupations writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
December 18, 2017
The Ex-Im Bank’s role in supporting high-value-added U.S. exports is more important now than ever, especially as international export competition continues to grow unabated, with other countries hungry to export their products and services to international markets and willing to provide extremely generous financial assistance to facilitate those transactions when necessary.
December 15, 2017
ITIF’s recent report found that tech-based startups make up a relatively modest 2 to 3 percent of all businesses and employ just 0.75 to 1.25 percent of the workforce.
December 11, 2017
For the average state, tech-based economic development programs provide an additional 1,300 tech-based jobs a year, while an additional year’s commitment to the SBIR provides 2,000 more jobs, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
December 4, 2017
For the U.S. government to restore National Institutes of Health funding to a level comparable to 2003, it would have had to allocate an additional $11.6 billion dollars last year, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.