TechAmerica Foundation : Competitiveness Series


Competitiveness Series

TechAmerica Foundation produces regular reports on the most timely and relevant issues to the tech industry and to U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. We combine rigorous data with careful analysis to educate industry executives, policymakers, and opinion leaders on the issues. To date, TechAmerica Foundation has produced over 30 installments on issues such as eHealth, high-skilled immigration, tax policy, emerging technologies, the rise of China, telework, energy efficiency, and high-tech trade.

CS Midyear 2011

Tech Industry Employment Up by Over 100,000 in 1st Half of 2013

A midyear analysis of U.S. employment data through June 2013 shows a tech industry adding jobs across across all four major tech sectors.

September 2013

NAEP 2013

Math and Science Scores Improving, But Remain Low

An analysis of math and science proficiency scores at the 4th and 8th grade level shows improvement nationally and across many states.

September 2013

CS Midyear 2011

Tech Industry Adds Nearly 100,000 Jobs in 1st Half of 2012

A midyear analysis of employment data through June 2012 shows that the U.S. high-tech industry shows signs that the tech industry continues to add jobs, albeit at a moderate pace.

October 2012

CS Midyear 2011

Tech Industry Adds 115,000 Jobs in 1st Half of 2011

A midyear analysis of employment data through June 2011 shows that the U.S. high-tech industry shows signs of slowly coming out of the global economic downturn by adding jobs.

October 2011

Attracting the Best and Brightest to the United States

America’s technological preeminence is at least in part based on the contributions to our economy of highly skilled foreign nationals.  They conduct cutting-edge research, launch innovative companies, and create millions of high-paying jobs.

March 2011

Free Trade with Colombia and Panama

Expanding trade with Colombia and Panama would give U.S. tech companies a competitive edge in that region while strengthen free markets, enhancing stability, and fostering democracy.

February 2011

South Korea is the Sixth Largest Market for High-Tech Goods from the United States

South Korea remains an enormously important economic partner for the United States both in terms of trade and investment. A strategic Free Trade Agreement between the United States and South Korea would break down many of the tariff and non-tariff barriers, boosting trade and strengthening an already close relationship.

February 2011

China Is the 3rd Largest Destination for U.S. Tech Exports

TechAmerica Foundation releases a report quantifying the technology trade and investment relationships between the United States and China.

November 2010

Midyear Tech Employment 2010

Tech Industry Adds 30,200 Jobs in 1st Half of 2010

TechAmerica Foundation releases a report based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data that shows the U.S. high-tech industry added 30,200 jobs between January and June of 2010, a 0.5 percent gain.

September 2010

The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

South Korea is an enormously important economic partner for the United States both in terms of trade and investment.  Our economies are intricately linked across many sectors and are becoming more interdependent every day — particularly in the production and sale of high-technology goods.

October 2009

Free Trade Colombia

Free Trade Colombia

The region of Central and South America is a leading destination for U.S. high-tech goods exports with tremendous potential for further growth. The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement offers an opportunity to expand this regional market for U.S. high-tech merchandise exporters, manufacturers, service providers, and their employees.

October 2009

Free Trade Panama

Free Trade Panama

The region of Central and South America is a leading destination for U.S. high-tech goods exports with tremendous potential for further growth. The U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement offers an opportunity to expand this regional market for U.S. high-tech merchandise exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees.

October 2009

TechAmerica_CS_Midyear_Employment_2009

Tech Industry Sees Two Percent Job Loss in 1st Half of 2009

The tech industry shed 115,000 jobs from January to June 2009, a 1.9 percent decrease, compared to the 72,900 tech jobs added in the same period in 2008.  As of June 2009, the industry employed 5.81 million workers.

September 2009

CS Tax Deferral

U.S. High-Tech Jobs Depend on Overseas Investment

TechAmerica Foundation”s new report argues that recent proposals seeking to limit tax deferral and increase the tax burden on U.S. foreign affiliates in the name of encouraging domestic job creation risk achieving the opposite effect.

June 2009

Green Tech 101: Enhancing Energy Efficiency

To coincide with Earth Day, TechAmerica Foundation released a report endorsing the widespread use of information and communication technologies to enhance energy efficiency.

April 2009

U.S. Tech Industry Adds 78,300 Jobs from January to July 2008

U.S. Tech Industry Adds 78,300 Jobs from January to July 2008

The tech industry is adding jobs, but the pace is slowing amidst the financial turmoil and economic downturn. Tech employment reached 5.9 million jobs in July 2008, a gain of 1.3 percent from the beginning of the year, but future job growth remains uncertain.

October 2008

U.S. 4th and 8th Graders Need To Go Back to School

Math scores are improving but remain dismally low, while science scores are stagnating, according to the Department of Education. A workforce grounded in strong math and science skills is essential for the tech industry and America’s ability to compete in the 21st century global economy.

August 2008

eHealth 301: Electronic Prescriptions

eHealth 301: Electronic Prescriptions

This third report in our series on eHealth analyzes ePrescribing, the application of health information technology that allows prescriptions to be transmitted electronically, reducing harmful medication errors, increasing efficiencies, and lowering costs.

July 2008

eHealth 101
December 2006

eHealth 201
November 2007

The Information Technology Agreement

The Information Technology Agreement

Over its 11 year history, the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) spurred global economic development and expanded markets for U.S. tech exports. Unfortunately, the ITA is now being undermined by the European Union.

June 2008

The U.S.-China Economic Relationship

The U.S.-China Economic Relationship

U.S.-China economic ties have expanded dramatically over the past two decades. Trade and investment between the two countries provide economic benefits for American manufacturers, service providers, workers, and consumers.

May 2008

The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

South Korea is the sixth largest market for U.S. high-tech goods. Passing the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will improve market access and enhance intellectual property protection for American high-tech products and services.

May 2008

Telework in the Information Age

Telework in the Information Age

Telework, also known as telecommuting, is the practice of allowing, encouraging, and even requiring that employees work remotely part- or full-time, usually from their home, facilitated by collaborative information and communication technologies.


April 2008

The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement

The U.S.-Colombian Free Trade Agreement promises new opportunities and expanded markets for U.S. high-tech exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees. Colombia is the fourth fastest growing market for tech products.

March 2008

eHealth 201: Designing the Virtual Hospital

eHealth 201: Designing the Virtual Hospital

Telemedicine – the use of technology to provide healthcare remotely – is already showing tremendous potential to lower costs and enhance the reliability, convenience, and delivery of healthcare.

November 2007

Mid-year Tech Employment Update

Mid-year Tech Employment Update

The U.S. high-tech industry added 118,500 jobs in the first half of 2007, slightly less than the 143,000 tech jobs added in the first half of 2006. All four high-tech sectors are adding jobs, including technology manufacturing.

September 2007

The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

The U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement

South Korea is one of the world’s largest markets for high-tech goods from the United States. Passing the U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement will improve access and increase intellectual property protection for American high-tech products and services.


June 2007

Opening Trade with Central and South America

Opening Trade with Central and South America(OVERALL REPORT)

U.S. high-tech trade with Central and South America is strong, as data in this report illustrate. To expand this trade, the United States should continue to pursue all bilateral and multilateral means to open markets to U.S. goods and services in this strategically vital region.

SUPPLEMENTAL COUNTRY REPORTS

Free Trade Colombia Free Trade Panama Free Trade Peru

June 2007

China and the United States – The Links Grow Stronger

China and the United States – The Links Grow Stronger

China is an undeniably important economic partner for the United States in terms of trade and investment across many sectors, particularly in the production and sale of high-technology goods.

May 2007

China’s 15 Year Science and Technology Plan

China’s 15 Year Science and Technology Plan

China’s 15 Year Plan intends to move the country beyond its current reliance on foreign technology to spawn “indigenous innovation.” We outline how they intend to do it and what obstacles could stand in their way.

April 2007

eHealth 101: Electronic Medical Records

eHealth 101: Electronic Medical Records

Electronic medical records (EMRs) offer a tremendous opportunity to reduce healthcare costs, improve quality of care, and save lives.

December 2006

Mid-year Tech Employment Update

Mid-year Tech Employment Update

The U.S. high-tech industry added 140,000 jobs in the first half of 2006, nearly double the growth of the same period in 2005. Tech manufacturing employment is rising for the second year in a row and communications services is adding jobs for the first time since 2000.

September 2006

Strengthen the R&D Tax Credit and Make It Permanent

Strengthen the R&D Tax Credit and Make It Permanent

This report highlights how critical industry funded R&D has been to the United States. But the lack of a consistent R&D tax credit makes foreign incentives for R&D much more attractive.

August 2006

Attracting the Best and Brightest to the United States

Attracting the Best and Brightest to the United States

Though recent public debate has focused on unskilled, illegal immigration, an entirely different but essential category is often neglected: the high-skilled, legal immigration that spurs American innovation and creates thousands of high-paying jobs.

June 2006

Free Trade Colombia

Free Trade Colombia

The Colombian Free Trade Agreement promises new opportunities and expanded markets for U.S. high-tech exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees. Colombia is a small but strong and growing market for tech products.

March 2006

Free Trade Peru

Free Trade Peru

The Peruvian Free Trade Agreement promises new opportunities and expanded markets for U.S. high-tech exporters, manufacturers, services providers, and their employees. Peru is a small but strong and growing market for tech products.

March 2006

RFID: Security, Privacy, and Good Public Policy

RFID: Security, Privacy, and Good Public Policy

This second report of a 2-part series on RFID discusses how authentication and encryption technologies protect RFID-enabled devices from illicit and malicious use in both supply chain management and Secure IDs/Smart Cards.

February 2006

RFID 101: Benefits of the Next Big Little Thing

RFID 101: Benefits of the Next Big Little Thing

This report details how RFID technology works and discusses its current and potential benefits for the United States. It serves as a primer for our follow up report, which will address the privacy and security concerns associated with RFID.

December 2005

Like It or Not, China and the U.S. Are Intricately Linked

Like It or Not, China and the U.S. Are Intricately Linked

China is an enormously important economic partner for the United States in terms of both trade and investment, particularly in the high-tech sector. This report presents statistics quantifying this interdependence.

November 2005

Mid-year Tech Employment Update

Mid-year Tech Employment Update

As of June 2005 the high-tech industry added 190,000 jobs in the United States over an 18 month time span, and tech manufacturing employment rose for the first time since 2000.

September 2005

CAFTA-DR: The Misunderstood Trade Agreement, More At Stake Than Most Realize

CAFTA-DR: The Misunderstood Trade Agreement, More At Stake Than Most Realize

The free trade agreement between the United States and its Central American and Dominican neighbors holds great significance for the U.S. high-tech industry and for American competitiveness.

June 2005

We are delighted to bring you our ongoing TechAmerica Foundation Competitiveness Series.  TechAmerica Foundation produces these reports on the most timely and relevant issues to the high-tech industry and to U.S. competitiveness in a global economy. We combine rigorous data with careful analysis to provide industry leaders and policymakers the information they need to assess the issue.  Launched in 1981, the TechAmerica Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan affiliate of TechAmerica, the leading voice and resource for the U.S. technology industry.

TechAmerica, then-AeA, launched this Series in the wake of the tremendous response we received to our comprehensive reports on offshore outsourcing and U.S. competitiveness:

We Are Still Losing the Competitive Advantage: Now is the Time to Act

The natural sequel to the groundbreaking 2005 report, this expanded report offers updated data, analysis, and recommendations that reinforce the urgent need to act to maintain American competitiveness in a global economy.

March 2007

Losing the Competitive Advantage?: The Challenge for Science and Technology in the United States

Losing the Competitive Advantage?: The Challenge for Science and Technology in the United States

This report is considered by many business leaders and policy makers to be the definitive statement on U.S. competitiveness. It explores the challenges the United States currently faces and in many ways is ignoring at its peril.

February 2005

Offshore Outsourcing in an Increasingly Competitive and Rapidly Changing World: A High-Tech Perspective

Offshore Outsourcing in an Increasingly Competitive and Rapidly Changing World: A High-Tech Perspective

This report examines the factors surrounding offshore outsourcing and concludes that this is really a symptom of a much larger issue: that of U.S. competitiveness in a global marketplace.

March 2004

For additional information on TechAmerica’s publications and industry analysis, please contact Matthew Kazmierczak at 202.682.4438.

The writers of these publications can be reached for questions or comments:

Matthew Kazmierczak
Senior Vice President
202.682.4438
matthew@techamerica.org