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The Three Most Important Thinkers about Innovation You Need To Know

The New Republic
The new Republic sights ITIF’s Robert Atkinson as one of the nation’s key innovation policy experts.

Competitiveness, Innovation and Productivity: Clearing Up The Confusion

August 19, 2013
| Reports

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.

Innovation Makes the World a Better Place

August 2, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Toyota donated some of their systems engineering skills to a New York food bank. Charitable projects have to balance effectiveness and goodwill.

Big Finance is Strangling Innovation

The U.S. used to lead the world in innovation but today we are falling behind our principle competitors to the detriment of our economy.

Re-imagining the National Labs for the 21st Century Innovation Economy

July 29, 2013
| Presentations

Matthew Stepp briefed the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium on the Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Report.

The U.S. Copyright System is Essential to American Innovation

Levin Details Important Challenges Ahead for International Trade

July 23, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

 House Ways and Means Ranking Member Sandy Levin’s remarks regarding U.S. trade negotiations reflect the principles of innovation economics, and why they are necessary in our global marketplace.

What Does $3.2M Buy in Open Government?

July 16, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

The Knight Foundation received hundreds of submissions to its “Knight News Challenge on Open Gov.,” a competition designed to create new tools to improve how citizens interact with government. Last month, the Foundation awarded over $3.2 million to eight winners. Here’s a round-up of what they do.

Econ 101 is Killing America

July 8, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

In a piece for Salon, Atkinson and Lind, the Policy Director for the Economic Growth Program at the New America Foundation, debunk a series of myths regarding the practice of economics that negatively impact public policy and political decision making. By better understanding what economics is, and what it isn’t, policymakers will be able to more accurately analyze and address the growth and development challenges we face.

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Innovation is Still the Answer

July 2, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Some argue that technology is changing too much too fast, others that it is changing too little too slow. The truth is in between, but that does not mean we should sit back and relax. We need continued, deliberate innovation policies in order to increase living standards and maintain competitiveness