For IT workers, the chance to use emerging technologies represents an opportunity to develop new skills, which increases the wages they will command in the future. It follows that IT workers would be willing to earn less in the near term at a job that utilizes new technology in order to burnish their credentials and earn more later, which defrays the costs employers face in adopting new IT systems.
Articles, Op-Eds, & Blogs
August 5, 2019
Fact of the Week: IT Workers Accept 2 to 4 Percent Lower Wages to Work at Companies That use Emerging Technologies
August 2, 2019
As Rob Atkinson writes for IndustryWeek, both Congress and the administration have an opportunity to once again ensure that America leads in the world in R&D support.
August 1, 2019
The United States is one of the most prosperous economies on earth because our elected officials and other leaders have embraced, or at least accepted, “creative destruction.”
August 1, 2019
As Eline Chivot writes for The Local, the German state house decision to ban Microsoft’s Office 365 software is an example of how overly restrictive privacy laws can leave European consumers worse off by making valuable technology off limits.
July 31, 2019
In an article for Issues in Science and Technology, Dorothy Robyn and Jeffrey Marqusee explain how the Department of Defense’s research and innovation system is well-suited to advancing clean energy technologies in both the military and civilian sectors.
July 29, 2019
Fact of the Week: Secret Patents Filed in 1945 Were Cited 15 Percent More Than Secret Patents Filed in 1940
From 1940 to 1945, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued more than 11,000 secrecy orders on patent applications deemed important to the war effort, forbidding inventors from disclosing their discoveries or filing patents in other countries. Secret patents can prevent inventors from defending their intellectual property or commercializing their inventions and prevent other scientists from learning from the advances to make further discoveries.
July 29, 2019
Perhaps the most important step developing nations need to take is throw lump-of-labor thinking overboard and embrace productivity growth, including from technology like self-service gas stations.
July 26, 2019
As Rob Atkinson writes for Morning Consult, the Senate should embrace innovation and charge the Department of Transportation with establishing a national road user charging system.
July 25, 2019
As Rob Atkinson writes in National Review, increasing productivity cuts costs, which are passed on to consumers and workers through lower prices and higher wages.
July 24, 2019
The net result of this legislation would be to increase support for research by start-ups without breaking the link between the credit and actual taxes paid. This should significantly bolster the U.S. innovation ecosystem.