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Ideally, America will come out of the COVID pandemic with a better understanding of how important innovation is. The more we support technological progress, the more prepared we’ll be for the next pandemic — or for other unexpected emergencies. However, it’s also possible that we’ll come out of this pandemic as a weaker, less dynamic country with a drawbridge-up mentality and less tolerance for technological change.

Today’s guest, Caleb Watney, is particularly concerned that COVID has placed America’s capacity for innovation under extreme stress. To this effect, he recently wrote an important article for The Atlantic: “America’s Innovation Engine Is Slowing.” Caleb is the director of innovation policy at the Progressive Policy Institute, where he focuses on how US policymakers can best promote innovation. He is also a former technology policy fellow at the R Street Institute.

You can also check out the transcript of this podcast here.

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The post Caleb Watney: America’s slowing innovation engine appeared first on American Enterprise Institute - AEI.

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