Productivity

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Productivity
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October 16, 2009
Professor and author Eric Brynjolfsson, one of the world’s leading authorities on the role of information technology in driving economic growth and business competitive advantage, presents findings from his new book "Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology is Reshaping the Economy."
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.
October 2, 2008
ITIF hosted a forum with Microsoft’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie to discuss the release of a major new report Digital Quality of Life: Understanding the Personal and Social Benefits of the Information Technology Revolution, a companion to the 2007 report Digital Prosperity.
May 6, 2008
Despite the fact that most economists agree that increasing productivity is the most important goal for economic policy, few scholars have actually focused on what drives productivity and what governments can do. An exception to this is Bill Lewis, founding director of the McKinsey Global Institute and former partner at McKinsey & Company. At this ITIF Forum, Lewis discusses the results of his research and presents the findings from his book, The Power of Productivity: Wealth, Poverty, and the Threat to Global Stability. See video, presentation slides, and other details from the recent event.
March 22, 2008
On April 22, 2008, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. ITIF, MPP and the Council on Competitiveness will host an innovation briefing. The event will preview two major new reports on federal economic policy: “Boosting Productivity, Innovation, and Growth Through a National Innovation Foundation,” by ITIF President Robert Atkinson and Howard Wial, a Brookings economist; and “Clusters for Competitiveness: A New Federal Role for Stimulating Regional Economies,” by venture capitalist Karen Mills; Liz Reynolds, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology doctoral student; and Andrew Reamer, a Fellow at Brookings.
January 24, 2008
Construction costs continue to spiral out of control because the industry has not invested in technology, particularly information technology, to boost productivity. At this event, construction industry expert Barry LePatner will discuss how to fix the problem, including how information technology can play a key role in lowering construction costs and what the federal government can do to help.
November 7, 2007
After a long period over which Europe was catching up to the United States in productivity, this trend has reversed. Lower levels of investment in information and communications technology (ICT) and less effective use of existing ICT explain a significant share of the lower rates of productivity growth in the European Union over the last decade when compared to the United States. The report argues that regaining robust productivity growth will be critical for EU nations over the next several decades as they struggle with a myriad of challenges, including an aging population.
June 13, 2007
See video, presentation slides, and other details from ITIF debate to mark the release of new ITIF report.
June 13, 2007
In the last few years many have argued that the middle class has not been receiving its fair share of productivity income growth. As a result, the focus of many, particularly those on the left, has shifted from promoting productivity growth to redistribution as a way to raise living standards for this group of Americans. A new ITIF paper examines carefully the trends over the last 25 years in income growth and finds that, contrary to the conventional explanation embraced by many on the left, the historical link between productivity growth and wage growth is not broken and it would be a grave mistake for our future if our nation gave up on growth and the policies that can spur it.
March 13, 2007
This report examines the impact of IT in five key areas: 1) productivity; 2) employment; 3) more efficient markets; 4) higher quality goods and services; and 5) innovation and new products and services.

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