Papers: Technology & Innovation

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The Future of Work in the Age of the Machine

February 2015 • Melissa S. Kearney, Brad HershbeinEmployment & Wages, Technology & Innovation

Recent developments in technology, including the proliferation of smart machines, networked communication, and digitization, have the potential to transform the economy in groundbreaking ways. In this framing paper, The Hamilton Project explores the debate about how computerization and machines might change the future of work and the economy, and what challenges and opportunities this presents for public policy.


The Hamilton Project Policy Response to the 2015 State of the Union Address

January 2015 • Education, Employment & Wages, Energy & Environment, Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation

In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama emphasized the need to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every American: especially low- and middle-income citizens.  The Hamilton Project highlights policy proposals that are most relevant to the goals and ideas explicitly promoted in the speech and reflective of the current policy context. These proposals offer smart, actionable ways forward on each of the particular policy goals. 


The Path to Water Innovation

October 2014 • Newsha Ajami, Barton “Buzz” Thompson, David VictorEnergy & Environment, Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation

The United States’ aging water infrastructure will be increasingly strained by population growth, economic expansion, and the effects of climate change. In this Hamilton Project paper, Newsha K. Ajami, Barton H. Thompson, Jr., and David G. Victor suggest that solutions to the country’s growing water challenges lie, in part, with the development and adoption of new innovative technologies. The authors present three policy and regulation recommendations to facilitate greater innovation in the water sector.


Smarter, Better, Faster: The Potential for Predictive Analytics and Rapid-Cycle Evaluation to Improve Program Development and Outcomes

June 2014 • Scott Cody, Andrew AsherEffective Government, Poverty, Technology & Innovation

In this policy memo, Scott Cody and Andrew Asher propose that federal, state, and local agencies conduct thorough needs assessments to determine if predictive analytics and rapid-cycle evaluation can be used to improve the delivery of social services programs. This proposal aims to provide more effective services for individuals living in poverty by targeting services appropriately, and by identifying effective program improvements. This proposal is chapter fourteen of The Hamilton Project’s Policies to Address Poverty in America, and a segment in Improving Safety Net and Work Support.


Unlocking Spectrum Value through Improved Allocation, Assignment, and Adjudication of Spectrum Rights

March 2014 • J. Pierre de Vries, Phil J. WeiserEconomic Security, Effective Government, Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation

In a new Hamilton Project Discussion Paper, J. Pierre de Vries and Philip J. Weiser propose further reforms to move spectrum regulation away from its “command-and-control” regime to allow for a more-efficient allocation of spectrum resources.  De Vries and Weiser propose three distinct but complementary lines of reform. 


The Economic Promise of Wireless Spectrum

March 2014 • Benjamin H. Harris, Melissa S. KearneyEconomic Security, Effective Government, Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation

In a new policy memo, The Hamilton Project highlights four policy challenges hampering the economic potential of wireless spectrum and opportunities to address these challenges through innovative, evidence-driven approaches to reform.


The Hamilton Project Policy Response to the 2014 State of the Union Address

January 2014 • Economic Security, Education, Effective Government, Employment & Wages, Energy & Environment, Global Economy, Infrastructure, Poverty, State & Local, Tax Policy, Technology & Innovation

In his 2014 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke of a “breakthrough year for America” and foreshadowed a “year of action.” He focused on ways to expand opportunities for Americans by enhancing employment and education options for low-and middle-income citizens, developing more robust worker training programs, investing in America through infrastructure investments and energy innovation, the importance of making progress on immigration reform, and more. Since its launch in 2006, The Hamilton Project has released a range of targeted policy proposals that provide innovative, evidence-based approaches to addressing many of the policy priorities set forth in the Presidents address.


The Hamilton Project Policy Response to the State of the Union Address

February 2013 • Economic Security, Education, Effective Government, Employment & Wages, Energy & Environment, Global Economy, Health Care, Infrastructure, Poverty, State & Local, Tax Policy, Technology & Innovation

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious second-term agenda focusing on policies to help strengthen America’s middle class through broad-based economic growth. Since its launch in 2006, The Hamilton Project has released a range of targeted policy proposals that provide innovative, evidence-based approaches to address many of the priorities set forth in this year’s address, which we offer as a resource to policymakers in response to specific ideas mentioned by the President this week.


Harnessing Technology to Improve K-12 Education

September 2012 • Aaron Chatterji, Benjamin F. JonesEducation, Technology & Innovation

Education technologies hold promise for personalized learning and for building basic skills, but a fundamental obstacle remains: the effectiveness of learning technologies is rarely known. Building on the Common Core State Standards and increasing access to broadband internet, Aaron K. Chatterji  of Duke University and Benjamin Jones of Northwestern University propose the establishment of a new third-party ratings organization to overcome this challenge.


The Hamilton Project Policy Response to the State of the Union Address

January 2012 • Education, Economic Security, Employment & Wages, Energy & Environment, Infrastructure, Tax Policy, Technology & Innovation

Last night, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address, putting forth his policy agenda to the 112th Congress on issues. Since its launch in 2006, The Hamilton Project has developed targeted policy proposals that touch on many of these areas, which we offer as a resource to policymakers in response to specific ideas mentioned by the President last evening. 


Increasing Productivity and Boosting Wages: Is Innovation the Answer?

August 2011 • Adam Looney, Michael GreenstoneEmployment & Wages, Technology & Innovation

Examining data about the current state of the economy and job growth in June, Michael Greenstone and Adam Looney look at the role innovation could play in aiding the faltering economy by increasing productivity, boosting wages, and improving the quality of life for American families.


A Dozen Economic Facts About Innovation

August 2011 • Adam Looney, Michael GreenstoneTechnology & Innovation

During the last century, medical, technical, and business  innovations have driven economic growth, increased wages, and improved living standards in the United States.  In recent years, however, those gains have stagnated.  The Hamilton Project examines the role of innovation in driving the U.S. economy, including its historical importance, the current pace of growth, and opportunities for investments to benefit America’s future.


An Energy Technology Corporation Will Improve the Federal Government’s Efforts to Accelerate Energy Innovation

May 2011 • John M. DeutchEnergy & Environment, Technology & Innovation

John M. Deutch proposes a series of best practices for government support of U.S. technology demonstration and a new institution, the Energy Technology Corporation, that would be responsible for managing and selecting technology demonstration projects.


Creating 21st Century Jobs: Increasing Employment and Wages for American Workers in a Changing World

December 2010 • Employment & Wages, Technology & Innovation, Global Economy

In this paper, the Center for American Progress (CAP) and The Hamilton Project (THP) outline three proposals to help address the long-run imperative of creating jobs and improving wages in the United States.


From Recession to Recovery to Renewal: An Economic Strategy to Achieve Broadly Shared Growth

April 2010 • Roger C. Altman, Michael Greenstone, Robert E. RubinEconomic Security, Technology & Innovation

This paper argues that we must confront the challenges that pose a greater risk to our long-run prosperity than the Great Recession. America’s future growth requires reprioritizing expenditures toward increasing workforce productivity, innovation and infrastructure, savings, and government effectiveness.


A U.S. Innovation Strategy for Climate Change Mitigation

December 2008 • Richard G. NewellEnergy & Environment, Technology & Innovation

Two market problems in addressing climate change are lack of private incentive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and underinvestment by industry in R&D. This proposal addresses these issues through permanent R&D tax credits and support for research institutions. 


Bringing Broadband to Unserved Communities

July 2008 • Jon M. PehaTechnology & Innovation, Infrastructure

Jon M. Peha outlines policies through which government could facilitate the expansion of broadband infrastructure into unserved communities. He argues that these policy reforms would move America closer to the goal of universal access to broadband Internet.


The Untapped Promise of Wireless Spectrum

July 2008 • Phil J. WeiserInfrastructure, Technology & Innovation

Philip J. Weiser argues that our spectrum policy has failed to facilitate an optimal and efficient use of this important resource. He identifies a new direction for spectrum policy reform to catalyze more efficient uses of spectrum.


An Education Strategy to Promote Opportunity, Prosperity, and Growth

February 2007 • Jason E. Bordoff, Jason FurmanEducation, Technology & Innovation

To better secure the benefits of education, this paper outlines an evidence-based education strategy that emphasizes new investments in some areas (such as early education) and structural reforms in others (such as the teacher tenure system).


Prizes for Technological Innovation

December 2006 • Thomas KalilTechnology & Innovation

Thomas Kalil proposes expanding the US government’s use of prizes and Advanced Market Commitments to stimulate technological innovation in space exploration, African agriculture, vaccines for diseases of the poor, energy and climate change, and learning technologies.


Promoting Opportunity and Growth through Science, Technology, and Innovation

December 2006 • Jason E. Bordoff, Michael Deich, Peter OrszagTechnology & Innovation

This strategy paper argues that maintaining our nation's economic leadership in the world and promoting broad-based growth at home will require effective policies to support research, innovation, and access to advanced information and telecommunications technologies.


Aligning Patent Presumptions with the Reality of Patent Review: A Proposal for Patent Reform

December 2006 • Douglas LichtmanTechnology & Innovation

Doug Lichtman discusses the limitations of the current pension review system and proposes policy reforms that would correct for these issues.


Investing in the Best and Brightest: Increased Fellowship Support for American Scientists and Engineers

December 2006 • Richard B. FreemanEducation, Technology & Innovation

Richard Freeman discusses the National Science Foundation fellowship policy. He argues that current U.S. NSF fellowship policy gives less of an incentive for students to enter science and engineering than in earlier periods.

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