Reports & Briefings

For brief overviews of how key technologies work and why they matter, see ITIF’s “Technology Explainer Series.”

January 8, 2007
In the Winter issue of Issues in Science and Technology , Rob Atkinson argues that current proposals to stimulate U.S. competitiveness are necessary but not sufficient to meet the challenges posed by a rapidly evolving global economy and the aggressive policies of other nations. He makes a number of specific policy proposals, organized into four areas: 1) work to create a global trade regime based on markets, not mercantilism; 2) overhaul the corporate tax code to spur innovation; 3) create new research partnerships; and 4) make digital transformation of the economy within 10 years a national goal.
November 17, 2006
This report compares how national immigration policies foster or constrict global flows of talent, and lays out several broad policy recommendations that the U.S. should consider.
September 5, 2006
The Research and Experimentation Tax Credit can play an important role in ensuring that the United States remains an attractive location for global companies to conduct research. Not only does the credit spur the retention and attraction of investment in R&D in the United States, new scholarly research shows convincingly that the credit is an effective tool for stimulating additional research, which in turn leads to faster economic growth. However, while the United States had the distinction of providing the most generous tax treatment of R&D of all OECD nations in the early 1990s, by 2004 we had dropped to 17th most generous.
July 10, 2006
Because online legal services are a direct threat to revenues, the legal industry has used its regulatory power to thwart the emergence of these cheaper online legal offerings.
July 10, 2006
ITIF President Rob Atkinson argues that private restraints to limit the online sale of contact lenses are anti-competitive and anti-consumer.
July 6, 2006
In a recent article in Foreign Affairs entitled "Offshoring: The Next Industrial Revolution," noted economist Alan Blinder presented a provocative and disturbing thesis: the offshoring of service sector jobs is not just a routine extension of international trade, but a "third industrial revolution" likely to lead to one of every three American jobs being shipped overseas.
June 1, 2006
Governments must think of themselves less as direct providers of e-government services and more as enablers of third-party integrators that tie together multiple agencies across multiple levels of government to package government services in user-friendly ways.
May 30, 2006
Rob Atkinson and Phil Weiser propose a three-part, "third way" solution that allows incumbent broadband providers to offer managed broadband services, provided that they also offer a basic and growing open, non-discriminatory "best-efforts" Internet service.
April 12, 2006
This web-memo analyzes U.S. broadband performance compared to other nations and argues that the traditional excuses for poor U.S. performance do not hold.
March 7, 2006
A Rob Atkinson report on postal service reform from the Progressive Policy Institute.