Recent Research: ITIF explains the argument for consolidation and bigger business

Why the U.S. Economy Needs More Consolidation, Not Less, a recent paper from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), explains from an economics perspective the advantages of scale economy for improving an industry’s overall efficiency and productivity. Not all industries see significant economies of scale as firms grow, ITIF research points out. In fact, one in four sectors in the 938 NAICS industries do not, ITIF reports, suggesting—but not discussed, that some public policies designed to improve the performance of these small business-oriented sectors may be beneficial. Policy recommendations included in the report are intended to discourage the federal government from refining regulations governing mergers, acquisitions, and potential monopolizing effects from increased consolidation in those 710 sectors where increased consolidation yields greater efficiency and corporate receipts.

Useful Stats: Innovative industries across the nation

The real gross domestic product (GDP) of private industries has steadily increased nationwide from 2018-2022, with an average percentage increase of 2% each year, or 9% total, despite a drop from 2019-2020 due to the pandemic. However, the same cannot be said across all private industries; of the 14 broad industries captured by U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) data,[1] eight have grown while six decreased over the five-year period from 2018-2022.

APLU report outlines steps for collaboration to advance US innovation

There is an opportunity to turbocharge U.S. innovation by addressing barriers to collaboration between research universities and industry, according to Sheila Martin, vice president of economic development and community engagement at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). Details on the value universities can provide to industry in partnership are explained in APLU’s report, Driving U.S. Competitiveness Through Improved University-Industry Partnerships. It also includes policies lawmakers can take to foster stronger university-industry partnerships.

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