economy

December 19, 2016

Rising interest rates in the United States have an obvious effect on the world's biggest economy -- but less obvious is the impact those rates could have on the second biggest. Higher interest rates in the United States could make it harder for China to manage its exploding debt, as the Asian giant increasingly depends on borrowing in order to keep growing...

December 15, 2016

It's becoming harder to get started on the American Dream of homeownership. Some eight years after its worst collapse since the Great Depression, the housing market has recovered in much of the country, with prices approaching peak levels set a decade ago. But the supply of affordable houses available for first-time buyers remains tight, leaving many on the sidelines.

December 07, 2016

Despite pleas from unions, our elected leaders happily agreed. Both Republicans and Democrats signed up for NAFTA and, later, China’s entry into the World Trade Organization. But all did not go well. From steel plants in Ohio to furniture factories in North Carolina, American companies suddenly found themselves competing against Chinese labor that paid a few pennies to each of Joe Six Pack’s dollars.

December 05, 2016

Most inventors come up with their inventions as a means to solving a problem they face or affected by in their every day lives.  Given that majority of inventors are men, they design their inventions with men in mind, ensuring that many women’s issues are not being accurately represented.

November 29, 2016

Contrary to perceptions, America’s innovation-driven, high-tech economy is not concentrated around hubs like Silicon Valley; it is widely diffused—and every state and congressional district has a stake in its success.

November 28, 2016

The purpose of this report is to shed light on just how widely diffused the country’s innovation-driven, high-tech economy really is, so members of Congress and other policymakers can find common cause in advancing an agenda that builds up the shared foundations of national strength in a globally integrated marketplace.

November 21, 2016

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) today released an open memo to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team outlining actionable proposals that the new administration can accomplish in its first year to bolster America’s innovation economy.

November 17, 2016

U.S. lawmakers should take action to ban China's state-owned firms from acquiring U.S. companies, a congressional panel charged with monitoring security and trade links between Washington and Beijing said on Wednesday. In its annual report to Congress, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said the Chinese Communist Party has used state-backed enterprises as the primary economic tool to advance and achieve its national security objectives.

November 11, 2016

Next year, Republicans will control the White House and both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006. Lowering tax rates has long been a top priority for the GOP, raising anticipation that legislation could be moving early on in the next Congress. “Taxes will clearly be high on the to-do list,” said Dean Zerbe, national managing director at Alliantgroup and former senior counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.

November 03, 2016

The U.S. alleges that China is rigging the semiconductor market in its favor by indulging in unfair trade practices. "This unprecedented state-driven interference can distort the market and undermine the innovation ecosystem," Penny Pritzker, U.S. secretary of commerce, said during a Wednesday event organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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