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.

What is Right and Wrong With the President’s Innovation Agenda

February 14, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

There is much to like about the Administration’s innovation agenda.  Never before has a President made such an articulate and forceful statement in support of U.S. innovation and innovation policy.  Yet his agenda can and should be bolder: As ITIF found in its report, The Atlantic Century, the United States ranks 40 out of 40 nations in the rate of progress over the last decade on a host of innovation-based factors such as growth in R&D, venture capital, and scientists and engineers. Restoring the United States’ lead in innovation and competitiveness will require politicians to make tough choices, but they are essential to the growth of the economy.

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

February 7, 2011 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
DC Bar Association
1101 K Street NW
100
Washington
DC
20005

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. Read more »

Innovation Policy and U.S. Economic Growth Prospects

February 7, 2011

Presentation on "Innovation Policy and U.S. Economic Growth" to the student body at Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

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.