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 Really Is Competitiveness?

September 23, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Competitiveness is an important concept for measuring economic health but many get the meaning wrong. The true definition of competitiveness is the ability of a region to export more in value added terms than it imports when including for “terms of trade” to reflect all government “discounts” and import barriers. 

Managing the Helium Reserve: Auctions are the Best Way to Allocate Scarce Resources

September 22, 2013
| Reports

Unless Congress acts soon, the Federal Helium Program will begin shutting down on October 1. If this happens a valuable federal resource will lie unutilized and 42 percent of current domestic supply will disappear at a time when the helium market is already experiencing shortages. Congress should reauthorize the program with two changes. First, the government should increasingly use auctions to maximize its revenue. Second, since the Reserve will soon be depleted, annual sales should decline gradually, giving the markets time to adjust.

NSA Blowback for US Businesses

September 20, 2013
In an interview with the Cyber Law and Business Report, Daniel Castro discussed the continued ramifications of the PRISM revelations on the U.S. economy.

In an interview with the Cyber Law and Business Report, Daniel Castro discussed the continued ramifications of the PRISM revelations on the U.S. economy.

Achieving Shared Growth for the U.S. in a Global Economy

September 19, 2013
| Presentations

Robert Atkinson will present on "Achieving Shared Growth for the U.S. in a Global Economy" to the 2013 LEAD Conference. Leading voices from academia, business, and government will gather on Georgetown’s campus for a bipartisan discussion on strategies to promote shared economic growth. The LEAD Conference is free and open to the public. 

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The Ticker

The only problem with the “robots are killing jobs” argument is that it is completely wrong.

The Size and Shape of Online Piracy

September 17, 2013
David Price unveiled a new study that examines the size and scope of global Internet piracy at this event, as well as hosted remarks from leading experts in online piracy.

As ITIF has demonstrated, the Internet has been a key driver of global growth while also providing consumers with vastly more choice and convenience.  But it also has enabled the growth of piracy of digital content. Past research has shown that almost a quarter of global Internet traffic is attributable to copyright-infringing content, while online piracy costs the U.S. economy $22 billion annually. Read more »

The Big Idea: Is Technology Taking or Making Jobs?

A new report by ITIF argues the claim that increased productivity eliminates jobs is misguided speculation.

Assessing the True Size and Scope of Online Piracy

Collaboration a Must to Improve U.S. Economy

The Morning Sun
Unless Americans work together for what is best for all our citizens, the economy will continue to falter, and other nations will take advantage of our disarray.

The STEM Crisis is Real

September 11, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Recently, Robert Charette penned a blog post on IEEE Spectrum titled “The STEM Crisis is a Myth.” However, Mr. Charette’s argument is based on flawed analysis and faulty assumptions. America does face a STEM shortage in key industries and if we do not enact reforms to address this we will continue to fall behind our global competitors.

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