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R&D investment within energy, health, defense sectors shown to boost employment, revenue

October 01, 2020

Government investment in R&D within the health, defense, and energy sectors can provide both immediate and long-term benefits in the form of employment, income, and federal and state tax revenue. A new report released by Breakthrough Energy explores these benefits, while also studying the effects that an increase in public R&D spending could have throughout the nation.

The report notes that if the nation increased R&D spending to 1 percent of GDP by 2030, compared to 0.62 percent in 2018, that the investment would support 3.4 million U.S. jobs overall, and add “$301 billion in labor income, $478 billion in economic value, and $81 billion in tax revenue.” By increasing the government’s R&D investments, Breakthrough Energy believes that the U.S. will have a stronger chance of securing long-term economic health while also being better positioned to tackle growing threats such as climate change.

Breakthrough Energy’s full report, prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, is available here.

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