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Blog Posts: Technology & Innovation

Blog Post Aug 14, 2018

Supporting Start-ups with Better Management Practices

Ryan Nunn and Jay Shambaugh's analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's Management and Organizational Practices (MOPS) survey finds that management competence does not increase with firm age, and that small firms often lack the management skills necessary to help their firms grow. New Hamilton Project policy solutions would include more rigorous evaluation of management practices and strengthen entrepreneurship as a result.

Blog Post Dec 10, 2015

The Opportunities and Challenges for Workers in the Online Gig Economy

While forms of nontraditional and contingent work relationships such as subcontracted, temporary, part-time, and seasonal work are not new, the emergence of the online gig economy has increased policy interest in the issue of contingent work arrangements. To draw attention to this emerging issue, The Hamilton Project released a new framing paper on the economic opportunities and challenges of the online gig economy, and hosted a public forum featuring a new proposal by Seth Harris of Cornell University and Alan Krueger of Princeton University. 

Blog Post Nov 27, 2012

Fiscal cliff threatens scientific research, experts warn

In a recent policy memo, “A Dozen Economic Facts About Innovation,” The Hamilton Project found that federal support for research and development has been on the decline in recent years. The paper found that federal funding for R&D as a percent of GDP has declined from a high of 2.2 percent in 1964 to 1 percent today. Now, many experts are warning that a failure to reach a deal to avoid going over the fiscal cliff would lead to automatic spending cuts that will further reduce those investments, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Read the full story here.

Blog Post Oct 29, 2012

Advocates lament shrinking funds for medical research

The Hill's "Healthwatch" highlights a new Research!America report that shows declines in federal spending on medical research and development of 14% or more than $6 billion between fiscal years 2010 and 2011. The Hamilton Project addressed the declining spending on research development in a paper, "A Dozen Economic Facts About Innovation," which examines the role of innovation in driving the U.S. economy. Read the full paper here.