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

May 2, 2011
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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.

The New, Costly Things

Roll Call
Promoting inventions is a federal tradition, but it’s not an easy sell.

Transparency a Challenge as Iowa Aims for Innovation

Des Moines Register
Rob Atkinson explains that effective state innovation policies require gover