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 Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Innovation Policy

November 22, 2010
Multimedia from the event "Innovation Mercantilism: The Bad, The Ugly, and The Self-Destructive."

An increasing number of countries think achieving economic growth through technology exports is preferable to doing so by raising domestic productivity levels through innovation, particularly by leveraging information technology. These nations, of which China is only the most prominent, are not so much focused on innovation as on technology mercantilism, specifically the manipulation of currency, markets, standards, IP rights, etc., to gain an unfair advantage favoring their technology exports in international trade. Read more »

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What’s Next for Technology: How Washington and Congress will Act on Key Policy Issues in 2011

November 18, 2010
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Participated on the "What's Next for Technology: How Washington and Congress will Act on Key Policy Issues in 2011" panel at the Politico Conference at the Columbus Club at Union Station.

2010 Ranking of ‘New Economy States’ Highlights Leaders and Laggers in Innovation, According to Kauffman/ITIF Study

WASHINGTON – Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, Connecticut, and New Jersey are the top five states at the forefront of the nation’s movement toward a global, innovation-based new economy, according to the 2010 State New Economy Index, released today by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Read more »

Interview: How Will the Current Political Climate Affect U.S. Innovation Policy?

November 16, 2010
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Jeff Weintraub of Fleishman-Hillard Public Affairs interviews Rob Atkinson about the factors that affect how the U.S. promotes innovation in the global market.

The Federal Government needs a National Innovation Foundation to help domestic firms become more innovative and competitive.

Innovation drives economic growth. However, the nation faces a growing innovation challenge in today’s global economy. To respond, the federal government should establish a National Innovation Foundation (NIF)—a new, nimble, lean, and collaborative entity devoted to supporting firms and other organizations in their innovative activities. The basis of NIF would be the consolidation of existing programs scattered among different federal agencies.

Buying Innovation: How Public Procurement Can Spur Innovation

October 21, 2010
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Governments are generally the largest purchaser within a country, often spending tens of billions of dollars. Not all this spending is paper clips and copy paper. In fact, it represents a great opportunity to stoke innovation. In this analysis, ITIF argues that government policymakers should think strategically about procurement, taking innovation into account when buying goods and services. Innovation policy is often articulated from a supply-side perspective (R&D and corporate tax credits, worker training programs, public-private partnership grants, etc.), but public procurement contracts are a key mechanism for boosting domestic demand for innovation.

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