The Decline in Corporate Research: Should We Worry? - Washington, DC

March 31, 2017 • 8:30 AM • Washington, DC

Government data and research point to a long decline in US corporate investment in upstream research. How pervasive is this trend across industries, technologies, and firms of different sizes? How does it compare with research spending by the federal government, universities, and companies abroad? Does it reflect less reliance on research, whoever performs it? Is it explained by capital market pressures, global competition, or other factors? Has it contributed to the slowdown in productivity growth? Are there other reasons policymakers should be concerned? If so, what policy levers should they look to-e.g., intellectual property, tax, government R&D spending, or antitrust enforcement? Duke in DC Conference Center, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004. Sponsored by The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law. Join the live webcast at: More information and agenda at: For more information, please contact Balfour Smith at