What actions should governments take to promote economic success in the new digital economy?

October 24, 2017
Washington, DC


That was the question discussed by a panel at the Jack Kemp Foundation Forum on Opportunity in the New Digital Economy. The panel examined how government can improve its efficiency and its effectiveness in serving citizens. One of the key takeaways is that government procurement practices are the biggest obstacle for improvement in the US. The panel also discussed competition issues for large tech firms. There was general agreement on the importance of liberal markets for technology development. Regarding developing entrepreneurship in the digital economy, the panel believed the main government role was to have as little regulation as possible to allow entrepreneurs to be profitable and nimble. PURC director Mark Jamison moderated the panel, which included Congressman Will Hurd of Texas, Commissioner Terrell McSweeny of the Federal Trade Commission, and Chris Liddell of the White House Office of American Innovation. The forum was held in Washington, DC on October 24, 2017.


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