A key problem in assessing the impact of e-commerce is that the goods that are commonly sold online are not random, so we cannot easily distinguish between price changes driven by e-commerce and price changes that would have happened regardless.
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January 13, 2020
January 13, 2020
The past year has seen a remarkable rise in the quality and quantity of deepfakes — realistic-looking images and videos produced with artificial intelligence that portray someone doing or saying something that never actually happened, such as Nixon delivering an alternate moon landing speech.
January 9, 2020
To realize their full potential, small start-up companies must cross the so-called “valley of death”—that precarious stage when their technologies are not yet perfected, investors are still skittish, and customers are scarce. There is a federal program devoted to helping them make this passage: the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.
January 8, 2020
Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee have released a framework for legislation that sets the bold goal of transitioning to net-zero emissions by 2050, taking a much-needed comprehensive approach to all sources of emissions within the committee’s jurisdiction. It is imperative that Congress now take additional steps to accelerate innovation in new clean energy technologies.
January 6, 2020
Fact of the Week: Switzerland Increased its Public R&D Investment by 79 Percent Between 2008 and 2016, Nearly 4 Times More Than the United States
The has been a growing disparity across the globe between the governments that are choosing to prioritize innovation and those that aren’t. Recent analysis reflects this, comparing the growth of public R&D funding between 2008 and 2016 across eight major countries.
January 6, 2020
Autonomous vehicles are the future of transportation, but so far, the United States is unprepared for them. Congress needs to act swiftly to establish consistent industry regulations that allow companies to safely test and deploy these vehicles, or it risks delaying their arrival.
January 2, 2020
As the Trump administration implements the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, the most important thing it should consider is that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) should treat Chinese acquisitions of U.S. companies fundamentally different than acquisitions from our allies.
December 23, 2019
Brazilian economic growth has been faltering steadily for years, from an average growth rate of 4.5% from 2006 to 2010, to 2.1% from 2011, to just 1.1% in 2017 and 2018. To say that Brazil’s economy needs a short in the arm is an understatement.
December 21, 2019
The time has come to break this unhealthy cycle. Rep. Tom Reed, who represents New York’s 23rd Congressional District, has proposed an Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act that points the way.
December 19, 2019
The early designers of the Internet quickly realized that as the number of domain names flourished, there was a need for tracking domain name owners to resolve questions and conflicts that might ar