Robert D. Atkinson


The Decline of America’s National Innovation System

Understanding the value of innovation, where it comes from, and how to enhance it is vital for American policymakers trying to improve national economic performance. Unfortunately, America’s innovation environment – our “national innovation system” (NIS) – is currently threatened by misguided public distrust of technological progress and the economic, political, and social institutions that help… Read more »

The Myth of the Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

Given how crowded policy commentary is these days, with blogs, articles, e-books, and the like, the surest way to break through and get attention is to write the “man bites dog story.” And that is exactly what we have seen with the issue of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and skills. While the… Read more »

Shutting Down Our Innovation Future

The shutdown of the federal government has earned deserved derision from all corners of American society, and the negative impacts of the debacle will be felt by millions even if it only lasts a short time. However, this is just one symptom of a broader illness affecting governmental budgeting that is sabotaging our economic future… Read more »

Half a Loaf on Immigration: Why High Skill Immigration Reform is Essential

Amidst the continuing fireworks over illegal immigration and immigration reform, many people might forget that around one set of immigration issues—the need for more high-skilled immigrants—Congress has already long come to agreement. The bipartisan “Gang of Eight” proposal included a provision to award green cards to immigrants earning advanced degrees in math, science and engineering… Read more »