The use of robotics will increase productivity and has the potential to bring more manufacturing production work back to developed countries. As productivity increases, labor is likely to receive a significant share of the benefits.
January 3, 2017
Fact of the Week: Job Growth Has Been 1.5 Percentage Points Higher In Spanish Firms That Are Engaged In Product Innovation Than In Firms That Are Not
Between 2004 and 2012, employment in Spanish firms that released novel products into the market grew 1.5 percentage points faster than firms not engaged in product innovation, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
December 9, 2016
President-elect Trump promised a new approach to economic policy, and we are already seeing it with his deal to keep Carrier from moving 800 union jobs to Mexico, writes Rob Atkinson in The Hill.
November 30, 2016
Smart manufacturing—the application of information technologies to manufacturing processes—is poised to transform how products are designed, fabricated, serviced, and used. But to speed this transformation, the federal government needs smarter policies for smart manufacturing.
November 30, 2016
Please join ITIF for an event discussing how smart manufacturing will shape the future of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness and what public policies are needed to keep the United States at the global forefront of this emerging manufacturing revolution.
November 16, 2016
ITIF offers a set of actionable proposals to spur innovation, productivity, and competitiveness that the Trump administration can accomplish in its first year.
November 2, 2016
Fact of the Week: From 1997-2001, 45% of Norway’s Manufacturing Growth Came From More-Productive Firms Gaining Market Share From Less-Productive Ones
From 1997 to 2001, about 45 percent of Norwegian non-oil manufacturing growth can be explained by reallocation effects--when more-productive firms progressively gain larger shares of the market at the expense of less-productive ones, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
October 26, 2016
The Washington trade establishment goes to great pains to deny U.S. manufacturing has declined due to trade, because elites worry it weakens support for globalization, writes Rob Atkinson in Issues in Science and Technology.
September 14, 2016
Rob Atkinson presented at the Indiana State University School of Public and Environmental Affairs 2016 conference on what the next president should do to promote new technologies that radically improve production processes or that can be transformed into innovative new products.
July 29, 2016
Innovation Fact of the Week: When the Federal Government Committed $500M to a Manufacturing Innovation Initiative, Industry and Academia Threw in $1B More
When the federal government committed $500 million to invest in a Manufacturing Innovation Institute, non-governmental entities pledged twice as much, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
June 6, 2016
Regardless of whether its currency is undervalued, China still employs mercantilist policies to unfairly bolster its manufacturing sector, writes Adams Nager in The International Economy.