Economic Theory

Global Perspectives on Innovation Policy

August 19, 2014
| Presentations

Robert Atkinson was selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in the agency’s Speaker Program on Science, Technology and Innovation. Atkinson traveled to Columbia to participate in a forum on how governments can enhance collaboration between business enterprises and universities for development of new technologies.

Guide to U.S. Economic Policy

July 28, 2014
| Books

Atkinson contributed the chapter “Public Policy, Innovation and New Technologies” to this textbook which seeks to illustrate how government policies are developed to address the economic challenges we face. The book, published by CQ Press, featured essays from 30 experts in macroeconomics, social science, political science and public policy.

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Book Review: Jeremy Rifkin’s Flawed Vision of Techno-Utopia

June 11, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Rifkin, a longtime social critic and leading purveyor of techno-utopianism, argues in his latest book, The Zero Marginal Cost Society that within less than 50 years, technology will have developed to the point where there will be virtually no more jobs, where the marginal cost of everything will be zero and where capitalism will cease to exist. Besides that, not much will change. These types of wild, factually inaccurate pronouncements only serve to mislead the public and hamper the legitimate policy debate.

ITIF Unveils 2014 Summer Innovation Reading List

Why Utah Scores High on New Economy Rankings

Urban Milwaukee
The third in a series of articles on how states can develop a thriving high tech economy.

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Innovation Economics and The State of Innovation in the States

March 9, 2014
| Presentations

Stephen Ezell presented on the state of innovation in the United States at the Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Silicon Valley: Best Practices and Emerging Trends Conference.

Robert Gordon’s Cassandra World

February 28, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Robert Gordon’s new paper, revising and restating his arguments from a 2012 paper, is ostensibly about slowing growth in the United States, but in fact it takes a more complicated look at the income growth for the bottom 99 percent. Unfortunately, the added complexity is built on questionable assumptions and mostly just adds layers of ambiguity and confusion. Worst, it completely misunderstands the function and role of innovation in the economy.


New National Lab reform bill introduced by Senators Coons and Rubio is based in part on report co-authored by ITIF.

An increase of just 0.1 percent in the GDP growth rate would reduce the budget deficit by as much as $300 billion cumulatively over the next decade.

A determined focus on policies that promote growth is essential to any deficit reduction plan. Similarly, across-the-board spending cuts that hamper growth will ultimately be detrimental to deficit reduction. 

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