A Public Policy Blog from AEI

Blog Post
November 14, 2019
AEIdeas

5 questions for Stian Westlake on how to handle the intangible economy

Stian Westlake tells us about the new, dynamic intangible economy that has come about over the past few decades. He also proposes some solutions to skyrocketing housing prices, which often hamper the benefits of these “intangibles.”

Blog Post
November 13, 2019
AEIdeas

What if an older person loses their good-paying job to a robot? Then what?

How do we deal with the threat of technological unemployment, or is there even a threat to worry about? Carl Benedikt Frey has a few observations from history to help answer that question.

Blog Post
November 13, 2019
AEIdeas

One more time: The Verizon-Santa Clara fire dispute has nothing to do with net neutrality

The FCC’s examination of the effect of the repeal of net neutrality rules on public safety has sparked renewed discussion about Verizon’s “throttling” of the Satna Clara Fire Department during the 2018 Mendocino wildfire. But those events, however unfortunate, have little to do with net neutrality.

Blog Post
November 12, 2019
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Europe’s tech entrepreneurs tell America: ‘Don’t be like Europe’

Have a problem with the American way of doing things? Well, there are other options, but Europe’s various flavors of capitalism have an unpleasant aftertaste, judging by their effects on growth and innovation.

Blog Post
November 12, 2019
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Patent quality returns to the fore

While there are many competing factions in the intellectual property sphere, there appears to be broad agreement — and supporting research — that augmenting the resources provided to patent examiners would enhance patent quality.

Blog Post
November 11, 2019
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The future of employment in an age of automation: A long-read Q&A with Carl Benedikt Frey

Carl Benedikt Frey assesses the possible effects of automation on employment and economic growth in both the short and long term, and how that data informed his new book, The Technology Trap: Capital, Labor and Power in the Age of Automation.

Blog Post
November 08, 2019
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The strange irony of hating elites — and then giving elites power to pick winners and losers in the American economy

More than two decades ago, Virginia Postrel warned of the coming clash between the “dynamists” and “stasists”. The former live in anticipation of the future, while the latter fear it. In 2017, Postrel chatted with us about the retreat of the dynamists in America.

Blog Post
November 08, 2019
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Will obsolete media regulation keep holding back the future in Brazil?

Brazil’s recent telecom reforms are laudable, but it could stand to learn from how the US has treated its media industry.

Blog Post
November 07, 2019
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The FCC takes the threat from Chinese telecommunications tech head-on (and the rest of the government should too)

Given serious concerns related to Huawei and Chinese telecoms equipment, the FCC is right to consider ensuring Universal Service Fund support isn’t used to purchase technology that could threaten US national security.

Blog Post
November 06, 2019
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While the Senate debates, Apple and the criminal defense bar advance property rights in data

Attempts to legislate property rights in data are misguided. The contours of these rights are already being shaped in the courts and society.

Blog Post
November 05, 2019
AEIdeas

Broken capitalism? What the latest critics of ‘shareholder primacy’ and ‘short-termism’ keep getting wrong

Critics of “shareholder primacy” and “short-termism” might also be ignoring the evermore important role of intangible investment in the American economy, all the while pretending as though it’s really our businesses that are failing us.

Blog Post
November 05, 2019
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Who needs agriculture and airplanes? The scandalous inhumanity of the anti-technology intelligentsia

As new technologies are developed, they will generate new wealth and possibilities, and also help solve the inevitable imperfections of previous generations.

Blog Post
November 05, 2019
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Dealing with the intangible economy: A long-read Q&A with Stian Westlake

Stian Westlake talks to us about how important it is to revive our economic thinking in a world that’s now relying so heavily on intangible, immaterial assets.

Blog Post
November 04, 2019
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A retreat from progress is no way to embrace the future

For the past few decades, US policymakers in both parties have grown less future-oriented. As a result, they have neglected the nation’s infrastructure and budget deficits, and they have failed to deliver a responsible climate policy.

Blog Post
November 04, 2019
AEIdeas

Facebook vs. Twitter on political advertising: Different principles or different economics?

Facebook and Twitter’s contrasting positions on political advertising are part of competition in the tech marketplace. Either approach could be profitable, but it depends on how users and political actors respond.

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