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.

America's Investment Crisis

October 23, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Investment in new-capital machinery, equipment and software is the primary means through which innovation spreads throughout the economy. As these innovations diffuse through industries, they raise productivity, lower costs of production and improve the competitiveness of the American economy as a whole. However business investment in the U.S. has fallen significantly in the last decade, exacerbating the economic stagnation we face.

Post Office $5.6 Billion Default Raises Urgency of Reforms

The USPS has to make serious changes including closing post offices that do not cover their costs, says Robert Atkinson.

The Evolution of Digital Content

Would Piracy Decline if More Movies Were Online Legally?

PC Magazine
"Content is now available in multiple formats, often for free, and despite this piracy continues to grow," says Michelle Wein.

Innovation & Economic Growth: Rationales for a National Innovation Strategy

October 17, 2013
| Presentations

Atkinson gave the keynote address at Tecnomamangement 2013, a technology and innovation conference sponsored by the Mexican Institute of Finance Executives and the Mexican Association of Computer Professionals. He discussed the specific policies necessary to implement a national innovation strategy and expand economic growth through innovation.

Effective Innovation Policies and Institutions Continue to Help Drive Success of Nordic Economies

October 17, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are three of the world's most competitive and innovative economies, as speakers commented at an ITIF event on Nordic Innovation: What Can America Learn from the Scandinavian Innovation Ecosystem. The recent success of the Nordic economies is a result of several factors that the United States can learn from, including: a strong bipartisan consensus regarding the importance of federal investment in education, scientific research, and innovation; well-organized national innovation systems that benefit from formally articulated national innovation strategies (Finland’s, Sweden’s, Denmark’s) and well-funded national innovation agencies; and fundamental reforms undertaken in these economies over the past two decades that have made their tax structures more globally competitive, markets more competition-based, federal budgets better balanced, and workers greater skilled. 

Nordic Innovation: What Can America Learn from the Scandinavian Innovation Ecosystem?

October 16, 2013
Representatives from Nordic nations will share their experience of crafting innovation policy and building globally competitive, 21st-century innovation economies.

Two decades ago, most pundits wrote off the Nordic countries, arguing that their social democratic model of high taxes, generous social benefits, and worker security were antithetical to innovation, productivity, and growth. Read more »

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Report Links U.S. Economic Stagnation to Decline in Private Sector Capital Investment

The Future of Cloud Services

October 8, 2013
A discussion of how cloud computing will evolve over the next 5-10 years and the implications this will have for consumers, businesses, and policy makers.

Increasingly organizations in the public and private sectors are moving their IT services to the cloud because it allows them to operate more efficiently, more securely, and with more flexibility. But cloud computing technologies continue to evolve rapidly, and these changes introduce new opportunities and challenges for users. Please join us for a panel discussion with a group of leading technology experts who will share their views on how cloud computing will evolve over the next 5-10 years, and the implications this will have for consumers, businesses, and policy makers.

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