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May 28, 2024

The Untapped Technological Patent-ial of Canada

Canada is not capturing more than half of its technological potential, allowing for groundbreaking research and innovations to sit unused or to be scooped up by foreign companies.

May 3, 2024

Comments to the Competition Bureau Canada Regarding AI and Competition

The artificial intelligence market in Canada is still in its early stages but is growing rapidly and becoming increasingly competitive. At this juncture, there is no clear evidence of market failure, substantial barriers to entry, or exclusionary practices that would necessitate intervention.

May 2, 2024

Canada Needs a “Canadian” Productivity Commission

Canada needs a productivity commission. But instead of emulating Australia’s model, which is driven by orthodox neoclassical economics, it should take guidance from “productionists” with a deep understanding of firm, industry, and technology dynamics.

May 2, 2024

The Australian Productivity Commission: Don’t Try This at Home

On the Australian Productivity Commission’s watch, productivity growth in Australia over the last two decades is at its lowest for 60 years, with accompanying real wage stagnation.

April 29, 2024

Assessing Canadian Innovation, Productivity, and Competitiveness

Canada faces unprecedented challenges in innovation, productivity, and competitiveness. The first step in addressing them is to develop a clear understanding of the Canadian economy’s underlying structure and performance in each area. Policymakers must then tailor strategies for specific industries and technologies instead of focusing on principally on macro factors.

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Africa

August 19, 2019

Comments to the U.S. International Trade Commission Regarding the Digital Economy and Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa

ITIF’s submission focuses on the ITC’s interest in recent developments in the digital economy for key SSA markets, including national and regional regulatory and policy measures and market conditions that affect digital trade.

May 6, 2019

Fact of the Week: Ethiopian Youth Given $300 Start-up Grants at Random had 36 Percent Higher Wages After One Year, But No Effect After Five Years

When attempting to evaluate the effect that a policy intervention can have on development or innovation, researchers and policymakers routinely look to short-term impacts, both out of urgency and because of the difficulty in maintaining contact with participants over several years.

October 22, 2018

Fact of the Week: Adoption of Mobile Money in Kenya Lifted 194,000 Households Out of Extreme Poverty

Over the last decade, mobile money services have brought banking to populations that have lacked formal financial services by allowing users to manage money on their mobile phones. First launched in Kenya in 2007, 96 percent of Kenyan households now use mobile money and can withdraw funds in physical currency from 110,000 agents across the country.

August 29, 2017

The Handheld Cardio-Pad: Tackling Cardiovascular Disease in Africa Through Innovation

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 7, 2017

Zipline Enables Real-time Delivery of Essential Medical Supplies in Rwanda

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.

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Asia-Pacific

May 29, 2024

Japan’s Proposed App Store Law Would Do No Good

Taking a cue from the EU does not make sense for Japan, because Brussels’ regulations were adopted in large measure as a response to the bloc’s failure to produce any leading digital companies of its own. Japan, by contrast, is home to many of the world’s top technology companies.

May 15, 2024

Comments to the Indian Ministry of Corporate Affairs Regarding Digital Competition Law

Rather than allow India’s dynamic high-tech and startup ecosystem to continue to flourish, the Draft Digital Competition Bill follows the path of overbearing competition policy taken by the EU, which lacks any leading digital firms. India should instead privilege the U.S. model of markets and dynamism.

February 14, 2024

Assessing India’s Readiness to Assume a Greater Role in Global Semiconductor Value Chains

India has the potential to play a much more significant role in global semiconductor value chains, provided the government upholds its investment policies, maintains a conducive regulatory and business environment, and avoids measures that create unpredictability.

January 18, 2024

A Moment of Decision: Wide-ranging Implications of Korea's Proposed Platform Competition Promotion Act

With the Platform Competition Promotion Act, Korea should ensure its continuous development as an innovation leader by rejecting the EU model and instead following the light-touch path of the United States, as Robert Atkinson writes for The Korea Times.

January 18, 2024

Comments to Australia’s Competition Review Taskforce Regarding Merger Reform

As the global calls for antitrust reform continue to multiply, a sober look at the United States’ experience calls for a healthy skepticism in response to the hysteria in some corners about a systemic failure of merger enforcement.

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China

May 28, 2024

Explaining China’s Focus on “New Quality Productive Forces”

China is steadily cultivating new quality productive forces to enhance its economy. China’s huge marketplace provides extensive opportunities for testing, applying, and improving new technologies and business models. Other countries should take note and recognize that hidden behind this new buzzword, China has begun to articulate a clear game plan for boosting its techno-economic leadership in the global economy.

May 28, 2024

Fact of the Week: China’s Share of US Goods Imports Has Fallen by 8 Percentage Points Since the 2018–2019 Tariff Hikes

A recent article suggests that while the tariffs may have decreased Chinese imports to the United States, Chinese imports also increased in other major U.S. trading partners.

May 10, 2024

America Needs Big Tech to Beat Big China

Neo-Brandeisians have launched a campaign to discredit the argument that breaking up or shackling America’s large technology multinationals would be a boon for China. But they’re wrong.

April 15, 2024

How Innovative Is China in the Chemicals Industry?

China is leading in chemical production, especially basic chemicals. And while it is currently lagging behind on innovation—especially in more complex fine chemicals—all signs suggest it will catch up with the global leaders within the next decade or two.

April 5, 2024

If China Is Weaponizing Access to U.S. Data, We Need to See the Evidence

While it is important for national security to prevent foreign adversaries from leveraging U.S. data for geostrategic advantage, it is also critical for U.S. economic security and technology leadership not to undermine the critical role that data and data flows play in modern commerce.

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Europe

May 28, 2024

The EU’s DMA Investigations Place Innovation Under Microscope

Across the board, the DMA is being misapplied to target benign business conduct at the expense of both EU consumers and businesses as well as American tech companies.

May 9, 2024

Comments to the UK Competition and Markets Authority Regarding the Microsoft-Mistral AI Partnership

Given that the Microsoft-Mistral AI partnership does not create a relevant merger situation, does not harm competition, and has a pro-competitive impact on the market, the CMA should not intervene.

May 9, 2024

Comments to the UK Competition and Markets Authority Regarding the Amazon-Anthropic Partnership

Given that the Amazon-Anthropic partnership does not create a relevant merger situation, does not harm competition, and has a pro-competitive impact on the market, the CMA should not intervene.

May 9, 2024

Comments to the UK Competition and Markets Authority Regarding Microsoft and Inflection AI

Given that Microsoft’s non-exclusive licensing of Inflection AI’s model and its hiring of former Inflection AI employees does not create a relevant merger situation, does not harm competition, and has a pro-competitive impact on the market, the CMA should not intervene.

May 1, 2024

EU Steering in Wrong Direction With DMA Investigations

The EU Commission is charting the wrong course by investigating large American technology companies under the Digital Markets Act for competitive behavior like anti-steering rules.

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Global

May 6, 2024

Public Knowledge vs. Progress: The Debate on Website Blocking in the United States and Elsewhere

Congress and other stakeholders would do well to ignore SOPA as a relic of the past and instead focus on those stakeholders who want to engage on the substantial and growing body of evidence from around the world.

February 26, 2024

Fact of the Week: Cross-Border Patenting Would Have Been 43 Percent Lower Without Globalization

A new working paper estimates that cross-border patenting from the Global North to the Global South would have been about 43 percent lower in the absence of globalization.

February 9, 2024

A Closer Look at US Private Sector R&D Spending in a Global Context

Congress should pass the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act to restore full R&D expensing to drive U.S productivity, growth, and global competitiveness.

January 31, 2024

Comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regarding the WHO Pandemic Preparedness Agreement

The United States should not endorse an IPR waiver in the WHO Pandemic Preparedness Agreement. It would not increase the number of vaccines or therapeutics, or the global supply that might be needed to address a future global pandemic.

January 28, 2024

Abandoning Growth and Increasing Inequality: A Critical Look at Oxfam’s Recommendations for Corporate Regulations

Governments should ignore the message that large firms are harmful and instead allow them to acquire market power legitimately, keep IP rights strong, and reduce corporate tax rates. Doing so will increase innovation and expand the economic pie for everyone.

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Latin America

May 15, 2024

Assessing University-Industry Research Attention in Latin America and the Caribbean

The current scope of University-Industry (U-I) collaboration in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) opens opportunities for research to progress in innovative directions.

May 13, 2024

Comments to Brazil’s National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) Regarding Digital Markets and Competition

Regulation in the digital sector should only be necessary to remedy market failure that cannot be addressed by the current legal framework, which simply is not true.

May 2, 2024

Comments to Brazil’s Finance Ministry Regarding Digital Markets Regulation

As Brazil crafts its own Digital Markets Act in the mold of the EU’s, it should be aware of the potential shortcomings and unsubstantiated advantages associated with such wide-ranging economic regulation within the digital market landscape.

April 22, 2024

LATAM Health Champions, 2024

Innovation plays a critical role in improving public health and in overcoming global health challenges. The call for LATAM Health Champions, which ran from February 5 to March 5, 2024, received more than 60 applications proposing innovative health solutions to a wide range of health challenges. Here, the top 20 are highlighted.

April 22, 2024

Fact of the Week: Internet Access Reduced Women’s Job Losses in Latin America During COVID-19

A recent working paper found that women in Latin America and the Caribbean with internet access had a 5 percent lower rate of job pre-pandemic job loss and about a 4 percent increase in their labor force participation rate than those without internet.

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