Issues

January 13, 2009
Many forward-thinking countries have made innovation-led economic development a centerpiece of their national economic strategies during the past decade. While many nations have taken the innovation challenge to heart and put in place a host of policies to spur innovation, the United States has done little, consequently falling behind in innovation policies and risking falling behind in innovation performance as well. This article compares U.S. innovation policy to that of other leading industrialized countries across five topic areas: programs to establish civilian technology and innovation promotion agencies; services innovation initiatives; national levels of R&D funding; tax incentives for research and development; and policies regarding high-skill immigration.

January 7, 2009
Join ITIF to discuss findings from a new report that gives a detailed analysis and estimate of the short-term jobs impacts of spurring investment in three critical digital networks: broadband, the smart grid and health IT.

January 7, 2009
This report provides a detailed analysis and estimate of the short-term jobs impacts of using the stimulus package to spur investment in three critical digital networks: broadband, the smart grid and health IT.

December 23, 2008
Amar Bhidé’s new book, The Venturesome Economy: How Innovation Sustains Prosperity in a More Connected World, rightly observes that the venturesomeness of a country’s consumers, their demand for innovation consumption, is crucial to achieve an innovative economy. While true, this does not mean that an economy’s ability to produce innovations—based largely on the underlying scientific and technological strength of its workforce and industries—is unimportant.

December 17, 2008
Rob Atkinson and Mark Cooper argue that Congress should tie any aid to automakers to preemption of laws that prohibit auto manufactures from selling directly to consumers over the Internet.

December 15, 2008
The only way to solve the global warming problem is through support of a dramatically expanded and improved CO2 reduction R&D program.

December 17, 2008
If the tectonic economic events of the last few months have shown us anything it’s that many of the core assumptions embedded in the prevailing neoclassical economic doctrine that drives much of Washington’s thinking on economic policy are no longer valid.

December 11, 2008
If ISPs are to provide customers a good Internet service and operate their networks efficiently, they must be able to allocate bandwidth between users and apply network management tools to shape traffic from multiple applications.

December 11, 2008
This report documents why, to provide quality internet service, ISPs must be able to allocate bandwidth between users and apply network management tools to shape traffic.

November 20, 2008
Please join ITIF for a presentation by Dr. Joris Al, General Director of The Netherlands’ Centre for Transport and Navigation in the Ministry of Transport, on Holland’s bold new proposal for a nationwide pay-per-use road pricing program. Holland’s “Kilometerprijs ” (price per kilometer) program will replace fixed vehicle (ownership and gas) taxes to charge Dutch citizens by their annual distances driven, differentiated by time, place, and environmental characteristics.