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Growth in R&D spending is down from its 1980s/90s level. But R&D as a share of the economy is growing. What gives?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 8, 2013
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R&D investment grew in all but one quarter between 1980 and 2001. That stopped, and we don't really know why.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 31, 2013
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A McKinsey Global Institute study shows how innovations that get the most hype aren’t necessarily the ones that will make the biggest difference economically.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • May 24, 2013
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Here's Apple's real problem: World-changing innovations don't come along every day.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Apr 24, 2013
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MIT's Daron Acemoglu argues that if the U.S. adopted the Swedish model, everyone would suffer. It's not clear that's the case.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 28, 2012
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A new paper alleges that growing spending in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is crowding out spending on investments like education, research and development, and infrastructure. There are two reasons why this is misleading.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 3, 2012
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Software has innovated at roughly the same pace as manufacturing, trade, and agriculture. Agree or disagree with Peter Thiel's politics, he's trying to explain something that isn't happening.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 24, 2012
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Companies that make scientific discoveries often jealously guard their patents, reluctant to share the fruits of their R&D investments with others. A Duke University researcher, discovers that this may be for good reason—at least for a company's bottom line.

  • Suzy Khimm
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  • Jul 3, 2012
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