Economic growth shouldn’t need a defense. But here you go, again.

By James Pethokoukis One might think that long-lasting and sustainable economic growth, driven by technological improvement and innovation, would be an obviously awesome thing. It helps humanity live longer and better. The impact of rapid ....

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How American universities can promote innovation: My long-read Q&A with Korok Ray

A key component of America’s ability to innovate is its world-renowned system of higher education, which is the envy of the world. However, there’s room for improvement. Universities can do more to promote the inventive ....

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The right and wrong lessons from ‘crisis innovation’ during the pandemic

I’ve noticed that when politicians want to run big-idea, optimistic ads, those ads often tick off some of America’s great accomplishments: winning World War II, the Civil Rights movement, landing on the Moon. But what ....

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Thinking about the big year in spaceflight and what it means going forward

The rapid development of an effective COVID-19 vaccine was the most important technological advance of 2020, but it was hardly the only one. It was also an amazing year for spaceflight, including the launch of ....

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Is Silicon Valley over?

California is “America on fast forward,” according to sociologist Manuel Pastor. As he sees it, many of today’s biggest challenges — from climate change to inequality — arrived in the Golden State first. And thus ....

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A successful vaccine doesn’t mean we should fall in love with industrial policy

A modest prediction: In post-pandemic America, populists and progressives will point to Operation Warp Speed’s role in COVID-19 vaccine development as a powerful example of effective industrial policy. And almost certainly to argue for more ....

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Economic growth and technological progress: There is no alternative

I hesitate to write about the “degrowth” or “steady state economy” movement since it is likely to cause a terminal case of eye-roll in many readers. But it seems to be a burgeoning idea in ....

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5 questions with Jonathan Gruber, Tony Mills, Margaret O’Mara, and Bret Swanson on improving public R&D policy

US federal research and development spending as a share of GDP has fallen by nearly two thirds since the mid-1960s — a trend accompanied by decades of low productivity growth. In a recent extended episode ....

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