economy

November 18, 2019

As countries increasingly vie to both achieve the highest levels of innovation-based economic growth and attract, grow, and scale innovative enterprises and industries, a growing number have turned to “innovation mercantilist” policies that seek to grow nations’ innovation-based firms and industries through policies such as local production requirements, export subsidies, weak intellectual property (IP) protection, discrimination against foreign firms, economy-specific technical requirements, and data localization requirements.

November 18, 2019

In the global race for technology leadership, many countries are resorting to “innovation mercantilism” to create unfair advantages for their local industries at the expense of foreign competitors. According to the latest edition of ITIF’s “Global Mercantilist Index,” China is in a class by itself on that front. Given the damage these mercantilist practices do to global innovation, the United States and other free-trading, rule-of-law nations must take stronger steps to push back.

November 14, 2019

The United States should partially disengage with the Chinese regime to combat its predatory economic practices, according to a recent report by Washington-based think tank The National Bureau of Asian Research. The U.S. administration should pursue defensive measures to stem the flow of critical technologies to China, and work on reaching a ceasefire in the nearly 16-month-long trade war, says the report, which was released Nov. 4.

November 14, 2019

From 2006 to 2018, income inequality has risen continuously both nationwide and in all states (but not in the District of Columbia). Annual changes vary widely for state income inequality, with some states experiencing increases year after year, and others displaying more volatile trends consisting of both sharp annual decreases and increases.

November 12, 2019

It has been a month since President Trump shook hands with Chinese vice premier Liu He in the Oval Office to signify that the United States and China had reached preliminary agreement on a "substantial phase one" trade deal. But negotiators from the two countries can't seem to translate that handshake into a written document--at least not one that Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are willing to sign.

November 11, 2019

Our rate of economic productivity growth, for example, is going down, not up. The rate of productivity growth in the US has been just 1.1%, far below the 3.7% rate of growth we achieved from 1947 to 2007, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is not what exponential technology has promised us. Indeed, I consider it an Exponential Paradox: technological advance is accelerating, while economic productivity growth is declining.

November 07, 2019

The U.S. trade deficit fell 4.7% to $52.5 billion in September as the country recorded its first petroleum surplus, but overall imports and exports otherwise fell under the weight of rising global tariffs and a slowing world economy. The goods trade gap with China narrowed by $100 million to $31.6 billion, with exports to the country falling $800 million in September and imports from China falling $1.0 billion.

November 07, 2019

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth released its Inclusive Growth Map, a web-based service that enables users to learn about measures of inclusion and growth within 8000+ Opportunity Zones across the United States. The Inclusive Growth Map enables users to benchmark existing levels of inclusion and growth within particular Opportunity Zones, and to assess whether investments increased or decreased measures of inclusive growth.

November 07, 2019

The United States Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today released a proposed Form 8996 for Qualified Opportunity Funds (QOFs) for the 2019 tax year. The form is designed to collect information on the amount of investment by opportunity funds in business property by census tract. “This is an important step towards a thorough evaluation of the Opportunity Zone tax incentive,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

October 31, 2019

With China’s technological advancement proceeding at a concerning rate for America, a panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Tuesday discussed the ways in which the U.S. can improve its technology transfer policies.

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