The Impact of R&D on U.S. Economic Competitiveness

Wednesday, January 24, 2007, 12:00 noon
Hart Senate Office Building 902

Opening Remarks

Senate Science & Technology Caucus Honorary Hosts
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
| Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)


We are now living in a rapidly-globalizing and knowledge-based economy. To make policies that ensure our businesses and workers continue to lead, we need the best information possible on the state of our nation and its competitive position. Twelve national statistics agencies collect vast data from businesses, universities, non-profits, and citizens. However, many of our data collection methods are antiquated. A number of initiatives are underway to assure that our ability to measure keeps pace with our changing economy.


Stephen Merrill
National Academies Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
Steve Landefeld U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic AffairsDale Jorgenson Harvard UniversityIrving Wladawsky-Berger IBM Technical Strategy and Innovation