Innovation Files

September 5, 2017
When China implemented an investment tax credit, businesses increased investment by 8.8 percent and productivity by 3.7 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 29, 2017
Meet Arthur Zang, a 29 year-old Cameroonian engineer who invented the handheld Cardio-Pad, the world’s first medical tablet facilitating heart examinations and remote diagnosis. The Cardio-Pad is a touch-screen tablet device for conducting cardiac tests such as electrocardiograms in remote locations, and then sending the results to cardiologists in city centers often hundreds of miles away.
August 28, 2017
Among Irish firms, a 10 percent increase in R&D investment per employee raised productivity by 12 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 21, 2017
An analysis of Vietnamese manufacturing firms found those that adopted internationally recognized best practices for management were 69 percent more productive than firms without such certifications, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 14, 2017
Across 13 Latin American countries that had protectionist policies in place in 2005, these policies had no effect on innovation, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 7, 2017
Foreign-owned Spanish manufacturing firms were 15 percent more productive from 1998 to 2012 than locally-owned firms, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
August 7, 2017
NephroPlus’s story highlights the need for a broader focus on the barriers to healthcare, rather than accusing intellectual property of being the main culprit, as many in the debate around improving access to healthcare in developing countries have done, such as in the report by the United Nations High Level Panel on Access to Medicines.
August 7, 2017
Rwanda’s government, which has declared a vision of making the country a technology and innovation hub for Africa, has partnered with the startup Zipline to facilitate the real-time delivery of urgent medical supplies, such as blood or vaccines, to patients in remote locations via drones.
August 7, 2017
In recent years, it has become almost an article of faith that the world’s economies are facing a tsunami of job destruction from new technologies, including artificial intelligence and robotics.
July 31, 2017
From 1998 to 2014, U.S. companies managed to increase output by 16.5 percent for each unit of energy input by adopting better IT, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.

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