Innovation Files

December 12, 2016
When India implemented a biometric smartcard system, it ensured that an extra $41 million a year goes to welfare recipients instead of being lost to inefficiency and corruption, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
December 12, 2016
If German firms more provided its workers mobile Internet access, they could increase productivity by 15 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
December 8, 2016
Despite what some misguided intellectuals may say, the ad-supported online business model is good for the Internet, argues Alan McQuinn in Innovation Files.
November 30, 2016
Dogmatic opponents of life sciences innovation threaten to sue the Food and Drug Administrator for following the law to enable field trials of a new approach to (pesticide-free) mosquito-borne disease control, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.
November 29, 2016
China’s continued favoritism for its state-owned enterprises even when the data show that its privately-owned businesses are more innovative and more productive goes against its promises to embrace market-based economic trade policies when it joined the World Trade Organization, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
November 29, 2016
Greater diffusion of home broadband since the early 2000s has been especially beneficial toward married women seeking to join the labor force, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
November 22, 2016
In 2004, public R&D made up 10 percent of global renewable energy R&D investments, but by 2014 the figure had risen to 35 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
November 22, 2016
Businesses in the European Union lag U.S. businesses not just in the amount they invest in R&D, but also in their capabilities to transform these investments into productivity gains, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
November 22, 2016
When universities invest in R&D, they can generate returns for themselves of up to 9 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
November 16, 2016
In a memo in Innovation Files to the newly appointed commerce minister of a developing country, Rob Atkinson outlines an “easy” plan to create a successful tech sector using best-in-breed strategies for enacting innovation mercantilism.

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