Benjamin Freidman has joined the ever growing neo-Luddite movement in America that mistakenly attributes our economic problems to too much technology and automation. This theory has now basis in the facts and is damaging to long term U.S. economic and innovation competitiveness.
Effective Innovation Policies and Institutions Continue to Help Drive Success of Nordic Economies
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.
The Department of Commerce Should Establish an Office of Data Innovation
While President Obama has signed an historic executive order on open data and various government agencies have begun to promote data-driven innovation within their communities, such as the successful Health Datapalooza, there is still no federal government agency responsible for developing and implementing a national strategy to promote data-driven innovation across all sectors of the economy. To help fill this void, the Department of Commerce should establish an Office of Data Innovation.
Winning With Innovation-Based Economic Development
Robert Atkinson presented "Winning With Innovation-Based Economic Development" to the North Carolina Association of County Comissioners. His presentation touched on getting the economic development principles right and ensuring that the region's competitive future rests on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Competitiveness, Innovation and Productivity: Clearing Up The Confusion
To listen to many economists, pundits and policymakers discuss the economics of growth it would be easy to be confused by the commonly used terms: competitiveness, innovation and productivity. These terms are often used almost interchangeably and with little precise meaning. To remedy the situation, this policy memo defines these terms and explains how each is important in driving economic prosperity.