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.

ITIF Hails Unique and Historic Contributions of the Late Steve Jobs

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation today observed the passing of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs with the following statement:  Read more »

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.

Review: "That Used to Be Us" by Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

September 30, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

Read the full review

In a review for The Washington Post, ITIF President Rob Atkinson argues the new best seller by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandlebaum suffers from an inaccurate diagnosis and insufficient cure. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back is correct in some of its discussion of the causes of and solutions to our current economic woes, but Atkinson explains it misses the mark in some fundamental ways. Even if we return to what made us great and invest in education, infrastructure and technology, as the authors recommend, Atkinson contends our competitiveness as a nation and the prosperity of our workers will remain at risk from issues the authors either ignore or misunderstand, namely misguided tax policies and non-existent innovation strategies at home and rampant innovation mercantilism around the world.

Are Investment Incentives Necessary in Corporate Tax Reform?

September 27, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Avenue and 1st Street NE
Kennedy Caucus Room (Russell 325)

There is growing interest in the issue of corporate tax reform as a way to boost economic growth and U.S. international competitiveness. While any comprehensive tax reform involves a multitude of issues, one important issue is the extent to which a reformed tax code should include, or even stress, specific incentives to shape corporate behavior. Read more »

Does Innovation Guarantee National Success?

ITIF’s data and Rob Atkinson’s insights help explain innovation’s role in national competitiveness.

America Needs Its Edge Back

The Daily Beast
The country that’s home to Google and the iPhone still ranks fourth worldwide in overall innovation, according to ITIF. But we might not be there for long.

Where Wall Street Went After 9/11

According to ITIF and the Kauffman Foundation, Virginia is one of the “best prepared to navigate the changing economy, in terms of being knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, IT-driven and innovation-based."

Estonia ranks first in the number of new firms created per 1,000 workers in ITIF's survey of 43 nations and regions.

Entrepreneurship is a vital ingredient in economic dynamism. New firms are often first to adopt new business models and innovations in products and services. This, in turn, creates more jobs and economic growth. The United States has long long been an entrepreneurial leader with a talented work force, a high tolerance for risk, access to capital and a relatively low level of regulation. But the ascent of Estonia, Latvia, both former Soviet Republics, Singapore and other countries shows the the entrepreneurial spirit is alive around the world and the United States cannot be complacent. Read more »

What the President’s Jobs Speech Should Say Tonight (Hint: Restore U.S. Competitiveness)

September 1, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

The jobs recession at heart stems from the failure of U.S. competitiveness. Restoring robust job growth will require more than more Keynesian stimulus or the restructuring of balance sheets (public or private). It will require that Washington recognize there is a competitiveness crisis and that both political parties need to put aside partisan bickering and ideology to boldly act to restore America as the global leader in innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness. For until the faith of investors, companies, entrepreneurs, workers and consumers in America's future is restored, robust job creation will be difficult. As such, President Obama's proposal should include a wide array of policies to restore competitiveness, including reducing the effective corporate tax rate, increasing public investment in industrially-oriented research, spurring the fall of the value of the dollar, and allowing overseas profits to come home at a much lower tax rate.