Does the United States Benefit from U.S. IT Products Made Overseas? Mapping the Global Value Chain of the iPod and Notebook Computers

Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Cannon House Office Building
Room 210
Washington, DC

As U.S. IT companies extend their supply chains globally there is increased concern that other nations are receiving a growing share of the value-added and economic benefits from IT production. To determine if this is true, a recent Sloan Foundation-funded study examined the question of who benefits financially from innovation in the global networks for a specific set of products: three members of Appleā€™s iPod family and laptop computers from Lenovo and HP.

Please join us for a fascinating and informative presentation by Professor Ken Kraemer, co-author of the study and research professor of business at the University of California, Irvine. Professor Kraemer will discuss the nature of the global supply chain for these products: where value is created, what each nation specializes in, and how much value each captures. Kraemer and ITIF President Rob Atkinson will then discuss what kinds of public policies the United States needs to adopt to ensure that we stay competitive and capture a larger share of the value chain.