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.

Cut or Invest: What's the Best Way to Grow Our Economy?

February 7, 2011
Multimedia from the event in which two leading advocates of increased federal investment in innovation face off against two leading opponents.

In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama called for increasing federal investments in innovation as a way to accelerate economic growth and thus reduce the federal deficit. Federal government investments, he said, were critical to the creation of computer microchips, GPS, and other technologies. But conservatives say this is the wrong approach. We must cut government spending, not increase it, in order to reduce the deficit and free up private capital to innovate. The government shouldn't pick tech winners and losers—they’ll only make things worse. Who's right? Read more »

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Statement by ITIF President Robert D. Atkinson on the Administration's Strategy for American Innovation

"As a think tank on the cutting edge of innovation policy, ITIF is encouraged by the Administration's continued commitment to boosting U.S. competiveness and innovation. By invoking Sputnik in his State of the Union, the President called on the country to accept that we are at an historic moment. America can pour it on and win the innovation race or coast on past success and slip further behind. 
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Winning in the New Global Innovation Economy

February 3, 2011
| Presentations

Presentation on "Winning in a New Global Innovation Economy" at the Downtown Seattle Association's State of Downtown Economic Forum in Seattle, WA.

Technology Strategy and Innovation in the Global Age: What is the key to improving competitiveness?

January 26, 2011
| Presentations

Presentation on "Technology Strategy and Innovation in the Global Age: What is the key to improving competitiveness?" at the Center for Global Communications (GLOCOM), International University of Japan's CTO Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan.

Maybe Japan Was Just a Warm-Up

The New York Times
Rob Atkinson reminds us that the United States employed a robust innovation policy to address the Japanese economic challenge in the 1980s.

Krugman Flat Wrong that Competitiveness is a Myth

January 25, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

ITIF Senior Analyst Stephen Ezell takes on Paul Krugman’s contention that only companies compete and that nations aren’t in economic competition with one another.

Reversing U.S. Innovation Decline

January 25, 2011
Audio of Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, and Rob Atkinson offering a cautionary assessment of America's innovation capabilities and laying out a vision to restore our global economic leadership.

Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA, honorary ITIF co-chair, and ITIF President Rob Atkinson offer a cautionary assessment of America's innovation capabilities and lay out a vision to restore our global economic leadership at an event at The Commonwealth Club of California on January 19, 2011. Read more »

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