Competitiveness

Innovation, including the diffusion of information technology throughout the economy, is key to boosting productivity, which in turn is at the heart of increasing living standards.

Germany invests 20 times more, as a share of GDP, in industrially-relevant research and development than the U.S.

Germany has adopted an overall innovation stratergy in recent years which explains why Germany has weathered the Great Recession better than the United States. Germany decided to bring government and private companies together to proactively restructure its manufacturing base instead of waiting for market forces to magically arrest the decline. The German companies that are succeeding in the global innovation race are willing to credit the government for its role while too many U.S. companies are trying to go it alone.

America Must Learn from Germany - Before It’s Too Late

October 24, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

In a feature for CNN's Global Public Square, ITIF President Rob Atkinson reflects on Germany's manufacturing strategy. While there are cultural and historical differences between the United States and Germany that makes consensus and cooperation more of a challenge here, the United States is no stranger to the idea of a shared sense of mission. The mobilization of American factories at the start of World War II and moon landing are dramatic examples of this. Less dramatic but equally impressive were changes in trade, education, tax and R&D policies adopted in the late 1980s to meet the economic challenge of Japan and other countries. The economic peril we face today pales in comparison to what we faced in the late 1980s. Only time will tell if we will look back at 2011 as the fourth year of a lost decade and 2012 as another year we continued to accept the end of American economic primacy.

Jobs that Build the Economy

October 26, 2011
| Presentations

ITIF president Rob Atkinson will present “How Advanced Manufacturing Drives Innovation and Wealth Creation in the United States" as part of the Jobs that Build the Economy conference. The conference will discuss how advanced manufacturing can grow our economy, maintain the quality of life for all Americans, and sustain a broad-based middle class. Topics will include: industry demand for skilled, U.S.-based employees; public and private elements of a national manufacturing agenda; the need for a multiple-pathway educational system including nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials; and the strategic value of market diversification and innovation.

Stick to the Middle East Tom

October 19, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

Rob Atkinson highlights the misconceptions of Thomas Freidman with regard to the China currency bill, affirming a large part of the recession has to do with the fact that systemic Chinese mercantilism hollowed out our manufacturing and tech base, leading to the loss of millions of American jobs. Friedman arguing that when a country systematically attacks our economy, that if we fight back it would cause a trade war, misses the point. America needs to effectively respond to Chinese mercantilism: start defending ourselves.

Boosting Competitiveness by Connecting Science and Industry: Insights from Germany's Innovation Model

October 18, 2011 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
DC
20001

Germany has emerged from the global downturn as one of the world's strongest economies. What's the secret behind Germany's economic strength? Read more »

Boosting Competitiveness by Connecting Science and Industry: Insights from Germany's Innovation Model

October 18, 2011
Analyzing what lessons the U.S. can learn from Germany’s high-tech and innovation strategy.

Germany has emerged from the global downturn as one of the world's strongest economies. What's the secret behind Germany's economic strength? The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Washington, the German Center for Research & Innovation, and ITIF held an event that featured presentations on Germany's High-Tech Strategy from Engelbert Beyer, Head of the Directorate Innovation Strategies, and Dr. Jan Wessels, Division for Innovation Policy Issues, from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and on its Fraunhofer System from Dr. Read more »

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Has America Gone Soft?

CNN
Fareed Zakaria cites ITIF in arguing that America is lacking in global competitiveness.

Fareed Zakaria cites ITIF in arguing that America lacks global competitiveness. Zakaria uses the Atlantic Century II report to show where America ranks on a global scale and how President Obama's recent comments about the faltering state of American innovation are valid. 

A Bretton Woods for Innovation

October 11, 2011
| Reports

In a World Policy Institute article, Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell reflects on the 44 nations that convened in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to make financial arrangements for the post-World War II economy. While these institutions worked well for half a century, now that the commodity-based manufacturing system has evolved into a knowledge and innovation economy, the strains on the Bretton Woods system have become clear.Going forward, the challenge will be to balance countries’ pursuit of the highest possible standard of living for their citizens in a way that promotes, rather than distorts, global innovation. We need a new international framework that sets clear parameters for what constitutes fair and unfair innovation competition, creating new institutions (and updating old ones) that maximize innovation.

Washington Ideas Forum

October 5, 2011

ITIF President Rob Atkinson will be interviewed during a lunch session as part of the third-annual Washington Ideas Forum. The Forum gathers an audience of 600 people, including government officials, top business executives, global thought leaders, academics, and celebrities. It is the place to hear the most prominent thinkers of our time.

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