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.

The Future of Innovation: Can America Keep Pace?

Time
Fareed Zakaria cites ITIF’s "Atlantic Century" report in arguing that innovation is the key to America’s future.

Devotees and Detractors: What’s Wrong With the China Innovation Debate

May 20, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

With its latest five year plan, China has made the promotion of innovation and high tech industry growth a central part of its economic strategy. As a result, there has been increasing attention within the U.S. to the issue of Chinese innovation in regards to whether or not it could pose a threat to the United States economy.

U.S. Boosted by Human Genome Project

Financial Times
Rob Atkinson frames the Human Genome Project in terms of America’s ability to lead the world.

Officials Arrive in U.S. Ahead of Talks

China Daily
Rob Atkinson discusses the ongoing debate between the United States and China over innovation policy.

The Chain of Logic to Get to a Robust National Innovation and Competitiveness Policy

May 2, 2011
| Reports

Why is the United States one of the few developed nations without a comprehensive national innovation and competitiveness policy? Is it a hyper-partisan political environment and stakeholder resistance? Perhaps, but the real culprit is that too few policymakers and even fewer economic pundits and analysts acknowledge we have competitiveness and innovation problems. And if they do, the solutions they advocate don’t logically lead to developing and effective policy response. In this analysis, Rob Atkinson goes through the myths about the problems and the solutions that impede us from developing policies to boost U.S. innovation and competitiveness.

Video Slideshow: The Logic Chain to National Competitiveness and Innovation Policy

May 2, 2011
A video slideshow summarizing the ITIF report, "The Chain of Logic to Get to a Robust National Innovation and Competitiveness Policy."

Why is the United States one of the few developed nations without a comprehensive national innovation and competitiveness policy? Is it a hyper-partisan political environment and stakeholder resistance? Perhaps, but the real culprit is that too few policymakers and even fewer economic pundits and analysts acknowledge we have competitiveness and innovation problems. And if they do, the solutions they advocate don’t logically lead to developing and effective policy response. Read more »

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China is Not Simply the Latest Paper Tiger

May 2, 2011
Audio and video from the event.

"Made in China" has been a fact of life for years. But when it comes to creating an innovation-based economy, can China really hold a candle to the U.S.? Dr. Adam Segal, the Ira A. Read more »

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Still Full of Ideas, but Not Making Jobs

The Economist
Not surprisingly, "The Economist" is skeptical about an innovation policy, but is at least considering ITIF’s ideas.

Unscientific Method

Roll Call
Overcoming the ideological hurdles to innovation policy is difficult, explains Rob Atkinson.
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