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Cabinet Exit Memo by Secretary Penny Pritzker

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Introduction The Department of Commerce (the Department) sits at the intersection of all business and economic issues, both domestically and abroad. A single mission unites our 12 bureaus and 46,000 employees: to help create the conditions for economic growth, job creation, and opportunity across the United States. The Department helps American companies prosper in the global economy. We issue...

The Benefits and Costs of Apprenticeships: A Business Perspective

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In 2014, President Obama set out an ambitious goal to double the number of apprenticeships to 750,000 by the end of 2018 and to diversify them as well. This year the half-million mark was passed. However, despite their increasing popularity and the proven benefit to workers, apprenticeships are not fully understood in the United States, especially from the point of view of U.S. employers. The...

Measuring the Value of Cross-Border Data Flows

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The internet has transformed how Americans live, work and play. It has connected people around the world in new ways through data that flows seamlessly across borders. Businesses rely on cross-border data flows to access markets and interact with customers across the globe, find new suppliers and communicate with their overseas affiliates. Citizens rely on these flows to access a wealth of...

Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update

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Innovation and creative endeavors are indispensable elements that drive economic growth and sustain the competitive edge of the U.S. economy. The last century recorded unprecedented improvements in the health, economic well-being and overall quality of life for the entire U.S. population.1 As the world leader in innovation, U.S. companies have relied on intellectual property (IP) as one of the...

ICT-Enabled Services Trade in the European Union

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In the past, as with goods, the provision of a service either required the physical delivery of information via traditional shipping options or required travel by the purchaser or provider. Now, businesses and consumers are increasingly using the internet to purchase services. While most commodities must still be physically delivered, there are a number of services that can be delivered almost...

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Update to 2013 Report

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The United States remains an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) for a variety of reasons, including a large consumer base, a productive workforce, a highly innovative environment and legal protections. As a result, foreign firms make investments in the United States on a regular basis by establishing new operations, purchasing existing operations of another company or...

Digital Matching Firms: A New Definition in the “Sharing Economy” Space

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Increasingly, consumers and independent service providers are engaging in transactions facilitated by an internet-based platform. The digital firms that provide the platforms are often collectively referred to as belonging to the "sharing" or "collaborative" economies, among other descriptors. However, in this paper, we narrow the focus and propose a definition of "digital matching firms" that...