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.

Why Countries Need a Sectoral-Based Approach to Economic Growth

May 24, 2010 - 9:30am - 11:00am
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Why does sector competitiveness vary so widely even within developed economies?  Does it just happen or is it a result of specific government policies? Read more »

Why Countries Need a Sectoral-Based Approach to Economic Growth

May 24, 2010
Why does sector competitiveness vary so widely even within developed economies? Does it just happen or is it a result of specific government policies?
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Statement by ITIF President Rob Atkinson on Impasse on America COMPETES Act

“At a moment in history when the United States is slipping as an innovation leader, it is regrettable the House has stumbled so badly and failed to reauthorize the few programs focused on national innovation.

America’s long-term competitiveness in vital sectors has been sidetracked by parliamentary maneuvering begun by an ill-conceived dash to bar federal workers from looking at pornography. That is not the way to manage science and innovation policy. Read more »

Commentary on ‘‘Rationales and Mechanisms for Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing R&D Strategies’’

May 18, 2010
| Reports

In the forthcoming edition of the Journal of Technology Transfer, ITIF President Rob Atkinson offers a response to an article on revitalizing U.S. manufacturing by Greg Tassey, senior economist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Atkinson praises Tassey for his insights and lays out his own views that inaccurate ways of measuring manufacturing output and stubborn resistance by policy makers to support America’s technology sector could have negative repercussions for future U.S. competitiveness.

The World Is Digital

November 1, 2009
| Reports

Debate rages on as to whether the world is flat, spiky, or “post-American.” But all sides should be able to agree that IT is at the root of these transformations, and succeeding in a digital world requires knowledge and innovation. In this article in IEEE's Internet Computing, Daniel Castro and Scott Andes discuss how the global economic landscape is shifting and the role IT has played in these transformations.

Restoring our innovative edge

Politico
In this op-ed in Politico, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke cites ITIF's work how the U.S. is losing its global edge in innovation.

House Panel Puts in Motion Reauthorization of COMPETES Act

April 30, 2010
| Reports

The reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act through a solid bipartisan vote in the House Science and Technology Committee represents a step in the right the direction. In a WebMemo, ITIF explains that the measure authorizes a number of programs aimed at closing the country’s innovation gap and includes some modifications long advocated by ITIF.

For Once and for All, Let's Agree the Government Can and Should Pick Winners

April 23, 2010
| Blogs & Op-eds