Robert Atkinson

Robert
Atkinson
President,
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-partisan research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues.

 

 

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Manufacturing Universities: A Catalytic Step Toward Revitalizing American Manufacturing

While there are some signs that American manufacturing is beginning to recover from the unprecedented losses of the 2000s, the reality is that U.S. manufacturing value added still has not recovered from the Great Recession, and in 2012 remained 7.4% below 2007 levels.

A Vote Against the Ex-Im Bank is a Vote Against US Manufacturers
The bank provides this support at no cost to the U.S. Treasury, and in fact the Bank earned $2 billion more than the cost of its operations over the past five years, money it has returned to the Treasury to help reduce the federal deficit.
American Manufacturing Needs an Update High Tech Trade Agreement
American Manufacturing Needs an Updated High Tech Trade Agreement
An expanded Information Technology Agreement would offer manufacturers a variety of benefits including boosting exports and decreasing the cost of key inputs.
While America Sleeps Other Nations Bolster Manufacturing Sector
While America Sleeps Other Nations Bolster Manufacturing Sector 2
Some say manufacturing is rebounding, despite the fact that the US lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs during the 2000s, has accumulated a $360 billion trade deficit in advanced technology products since 2010, and now ranks forty-third out of forty-four nations in the rate of progress in improving its innovation-based competitiveness.
Why You Should Care About the Federal Budget
Why You Should Care About the Federal Budget
The President’s FY 2015 budget does direct funding toward a number of important initiatives in R&D, while also spurring the commercialization of innovations, but it does not arrest the long-term trend of continued underinvestment in the core building blocks of U.S. competitiveness.
Tax Reform for U.S. Manufacturing
Tax Reform for U.S. Manufacturing 2
The United States has one of the highest effective corporate tax rates in the world, especially for manufacturers.
Industry Policy Should Not be Black and White
Industry Policy Should Not be Black and White
For the US to develop an effective national manufacturing strategy, manufacturers will have to move beyond their often knee jerk opposition to government and recognize the ways governments at all levels can promote business development and growth.
The Dangerous Decline in Investment in Equipment and Software
The Dangerous Decline in Investment in Equipment and Software 1
Investment in new equipment and software is the primary means through which innovation spreads throughout the economy. Innovations are embedded in new capital, and investment in that new capital is what facilitates the adoption of those innovations.
Innovation Mercantilism’s Dangerous Consequences for American Manufacturing
Innovation Mercantilism's Dangerous Consequences for American Manufacturing 1
'Innovation mercantilism' covers a wide range of methods, including localization barriers to trade, indigenous innovation, currency manipulation, and intellectual property theft, which drastically inhibit the ability of U.S. enterprises to effectively compete.
Increased Productivity is Key for Healthy Manufacturers, Healthy Economy
Increased Productivity is Key for Healthy Manufacturers, Healthy Economy
Pundits, activists and policymakers now argue that productivity causes job loss and therefore is bad for the economy. They are wrong.
Why America Needs a National Manufacturing Strategy
Why America Needs a National Manufacturing Strategy 2
A national manufacturing strategy would help U.S. industries stay on the cutting-edge of emerging technologies, enhance overall knowledge generation and thereby prevent economy-wide erosion of innovation capacity even if some market share is lost to overseas competitors.
Robert Atkinson, president, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Waiting for Onshoring
Let's all stop talking about reshoring and instead talk about what Washington and the private sector need to start doing to really revive U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
Why the Trade Deficit in Manufactured Goods Matters
Why the Trade Deficit in Manufactured Goods Matters 1
Thanks to the large U.S. goods trade deficit, since 2000, the U.S. share of world exports has declined from 17% to 11%, even as the European Union's share held steady at 17% over that time period.
Where’s the Applause? Explaining the Lack of Industry Enthusiasm for NNMI
Where's the Applause? Explaining the Lack of Industry Enthusiasm for NNMI 1
The National Association of Manufacturers is not alone in ignoring or at least giving little attention to government manufacturing technology policies. Few manufacturing companies spend serious time lobbying for these efforts.
What's the Right Path for Manufacturing?
A cost-only strategy will not bring back American manufacturing. A technology-centric strategy will.
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