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Policy Memo

By and / 4.24.2014

Seldom has the world stood poised before economic changes destined to bring as much palpable improvement to people’s lives and desirable social transformation as “big data.” Breathless accounts abound of the huge amounts of data that citizens, consumers and  governments now generate on a daily basis in studies ranging from the French Prime Minister’s Commissariat […]

Policy Memo

By / 4.24.2014

We show in this paper that the architecture of the Internet dictates that current trade statistics significantly underestimate the magnitude and growth of cross-border data flows. As a result, the contributions of cross-border data flows to global growth and to small businesses are being significantly underestimated. This suggests that trade and tax policy should place more emphasis […]

Policy Memo

By / 10.4.2012

INTRODUCTION We live in a world where ‘data-driven economic activities’—the production, distribution and use of digital information of all types—are the leading edge of economic growth. Mobile broadband, increasingly available even in poor countries, is fostering a fundamental technological and social transformation.  Big data—the storage, manipulation, and analysis of huge data sets—is changing the way […]

Policy Memo

By and / 5.2.2012

We live in a world where the communications sector is driving the recovery and receiving much attention. We believe that this is the most important ongoing development in the American economy, offering the potential for long-term transformation. But while very important, a boom in communications isn’t enough, alone, to achieve balanced and sustainable growth. We […]

Policy Memo

By and / 3.28.2012

When it comes to manufacturing, most politicians, economists, and journalists agree: the millions of manufacturing jobs lost in recent years are mostly not coming back. Looking at the official data, it’s easy to understand why. Productivity in the sector has continued to climb even as jobs dwindled, so it must be the case that these […]