New technologies are poised to automate everything from infrastructure to traditionally human jobs. Some may fear a coming robot takeover, but as Daniel Castro writes for Government Technology, the real problem is that automation isn't happening fast enough.
June 19, 2017
Fact of the Week: The Much-Publicized Gap Between Productivity Growth and Wage Growth Shrinks in Nearly Nine Out of 10 Industries When it is Calculated Correctly
The productivity-compensation gap all but disappears when using the correct output deflators to adjust workers' wages, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
June 15, 2017
In the short-term, technological progress will depend in large part on broader and deeper “installation” of existing information and communications technologies, writes Rob Atkinson on the OECD-World Bank Innovation Policy Platform.
June 5, 2017
As manned Dutch fuel stations were automated from 2005 to 2011, their fuel prices dropped by 1 to 2 percent, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
May 10, 2017
If you study the U.S. labor market from the Civil War era to present, you discover that we are in a period of unprecedented calm—with comparatively few jobs shifting between occupations—and that is a bad sign, writes Rob Atkinson in the Christian Science Monitor.
May 8, 2017
There is considerable confusion about the potential effects of emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence on employment. This primer outlines 13 key points to understand about that interaction.
April 4, 2017
There was a time in America, not too long ago, when most people were full-throated advocates of technologically powered productivity growth, writes Rob Atkinson in National Review. Those days are gone, though.
April 3, 2017
Fact of the Week: Productivity Matters More Than Profitability For New Firms' Survival and Growth in the United States
Productivity rather than profitability has a higher impact on the chances of a new firm's survival, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
March 7, 2017
Fact of the Week: Increasing Imports of Intermediate Goods by One Percent Raised Manufacturing Productivity in Vietnam by 0.5 Percent
Trade improves productivity in manufacturing supply chains, as seen in recent empirical evidence from Vietnam, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
February 15, 2017
Fact of the Week: Automation Is Not the Culprit Behind Sluggish Employment Growth in the Years Following the Great Recession
After analyzing technological change over recessions and across OECD countries, economists find that it wasn't at fault for sluggish employment growth in the United States post-Great Recession, writes John Wu in Innovation Files.
February 13, 2017
Automation was not the primary culprit behind manufacturing job losses, and now too little automation is depressing U.S. output and leading to stagnation in U.S. manufacturing.