Innovation and Competitiveness

Innovation and Competitiveness

As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure.

Innovation and Competitiveness
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April 16, 2018
Please join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation for a panel discussion marking the release of Big Is Beautiful. Speakers will address the role and impact of large firms on the U.S. economy and society, and delve into the implications for policymakers.
April 5, 2018
Join ITIF for a panel discussion about the challenges and opportunities to increase competition in the real estate industry through technological innovation, and the role that policymakers can play in using technology to make home ownership more affordable.
March 27, 2018
Please join the Center for Data Innovation for an overview of a new report outlining how the GDPR will impact the development and use of AI, and a panel discussion about what Europe should do to support increased AI development and adoption.
March 7, 2018
Please join the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and the Larta Institute for a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill to explore best practices that leading companies and organizations have implemented to increase opportunities for women and minority entrepreneurs.
March 7, 2018
Please join ITIF for a panel discussion on the challenges associated with piracy from streaming media boxes, its impact on the creative industry, and steps policymakers can take to protect lawful U.S. businesses.
February 27, 2018
Join the Center for Data Innovation for a panel discussion about the risks to open government data, especially in agencies that are underfunded and understaffed, and what can be done to protect data in the years to come.
February 21, 2018
ITIF expressed support for a simple and streamlined voucher system to modernize the Lifeline program, but cautioned against misguided attempts to transform the program into support for rural infrastructure.
February 20, 2018
Rather than slow down technological disruption to protect a small number of workers at the expense of the vast majority who are benefiting, policymakers should focus on doing significantly more to help those who are displaced transition successfully into new jobs and occupations.
February 20, 2018
Please join ITIF for a panel discussion of the challenges and opportunities posed by the coming wave of technological innovation in the economy and the steps and policies that policymakers should enact to ensure that American workers are prepared for an era of significant technological change.
February 19, 2018
Perhaps it’s the natural human aversion to bad news—sometimes known as the “ostrich effect”—but few opinion leaders on U.S. economic policy appear willing to take a cold, hard look at the state of U.S. manufacturing. If they did, they wouldn’t be happy.

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Competitiveness
Competitiveness: analysis of factors and policies driving national competitiveness, including improving innovation ecosystems and the technical capacity of high-value-added industries.
Economic Theory
Economic Theory: assessing the negative impact of conventional neo-Keynesianism and neoclassical economics on the 21st century economy and promoting “Innovation Economics” as a sounder alternative.
Emerging Technologies
Emerging Technologies: analysis of issues surrounding the development and adoption of transformative new technologies—from drones and advanced robotics to 3D printing and digital currencies.
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property: analysis of how appropriately governed intellectual property protections—including patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets—drive innovation.
Labor Markets and Skills
Labor Markets and Skills: building skills through science, technology, engineering, and math education; use of technology in primary and secondary school; higher education reform; innovations such as massive open online courses; and incumbent worker-training policies.
Manufacturing
Manufacturing: examining current trends and encouraging continued innovation in the manufacturing sector through increased public and private investment.
Productivity
Productivity: analyzing past, present, and future trends in productivity, and advancing policies to drive robust productivity growth, including through tech-based automation.
R&D and Innovation
R&D and Innovation: promoting public and private investment in research and development through public funding for research at national laboratories and universities, tax incentives to encourage business R&D, and policies to spur technology transfer from lab to market.
State and Local
State and Local: assessing state and local technology and innovation policies, and benchmarking progress in the broader transition to the new economy.
Taxes, Budget, and Regulation
Taxes, Budget, and Regulation: how taxes, budgets, and regulation can boost investment, competitiveness, and economic growth.