Productivity

Grasping at Luddite Straws

October 21, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

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.

Robots Taking All Our Jobs? Ridiculous

September 26, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

With unemployment rates so high for so long, one explanation making the rounds is that "the robots are taking our jobs." Fortunately for workers and for those who understand the potential of new technologies, these ideas are essentially misguided speculation. They fly in the face of years of economic data as well as current trends.

Increased Productivity is Key for Healthy Manufacturers, Healthy Economy

September 24, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

In today’s hypercompetitive global economy, even the best manufacturers need to continuously boost productivity to survive. However, a growing number of pundits, activists and policymakers now argue that productivity causes job loss and therefore is bad for the economy. They are wrong.

Assessing the True Size and Scope of Online Piracy

Engineering 2.0: Rekindling American Ingenuity

September 11, 2013
Engineering is the “sine qua non” of technological innovation. Unfortunately, the U.S. is falling behind in the race for global innovation advantage in part because we are unable to efficiently translate research into competitively produced products.
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ITIF Debate: Is Technology Responsible for American Job Loss?

September 10, 2013

Since the Great Recession, a long list of books, studies, and news articles have attempted to assign the blame for America’s sustained high levels of unemployment to technology. These academics and journalists argue that factory automation, robots and faster and smarter computers are letting organizations replace workers at an unprecedented pace, leading to joblessness. Read more »

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Robots Are Not The Problem

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.

Since 1996, productivity growth in the European Union has been 33% lower than the United States.

European growth lags U.S. growth, both before and after the Great Recession. Since 1996, productivity growth in the European Union has been 33% lower than the United States according to a recent survey by The Conference Board . A key reason is lower productivity and a key reason for that is lower use of information and communications technologies by companies. Read more »

ITIF Debate: Is Technology Responsible for American Job Loss?

September 10, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K Street NW
Suite 610A
Washington
DC
20005

Since the Great Recession, a long list of books, studies, and news articles have attempted to assign the blame for America’s sustained high levels of unemployment to technology. These academics and journalists argue that factory automation, robots and faster and smarter computers are letting organizations replace workers at an unprecedented pace, leading to joblessness.

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