Stephen Ezell

Stephen Ezell
Vice President, Global Innovation Policy
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Phone: 
202-449-1349

Stephen Ezell is vice president, global innovation policy, at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). He focuses on science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, manufacturing, and services issues.

He is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell comes to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Publications

March 25, 2022

Global leaders should look to the facts rather than finalizing the tentative IP waiver agreement. The end is (hopefully) in sight. The world has the tools it needs; it just needs to solve the actual problem. Global efforts and resources would be better spent improving distributional infrastructure than solving an IP-related problem that simply doesn’t exist.

March 15, 2022

America’s world-leading life-sciences innovation system is a product of myriad policies, but one that is all too often overlooked is the Bayh-Dole Act, which gives IP rights to universities that produce innovation with federally funded R&D.

February 2, 2022

the Washington Post is dead wrong to conflate or equate the incentive measures envisioned in CHIPS with China’s subsidies to its semiconductor sector; they are mostly different in kind, scope, and intent.

January 24, 2022

Semiconductors represent the foundational industry for the entire global economy. The United States needs to ensure that it fields leading companies across the memory, logic, and analog subsectors, and that it maintains sufficient domestic semiconductor manufacturing to support its economic and national security needs.

January 21, 2022

Manufacturing will bear the brunt of it, along with overall U.S. competitiveness.

November 29, 2021

An increasingly digitalized global economy requires ever-more digitally skilled workforces for nations to remain productive. Unfortunately, domestic and international assessments of digital skills show the United States is lagging its competitors.

November 22, 2021

America has lost 70 percent of its semiconductor manufacturing capacity over the last three decades. That serves as a harsh lesson for policymakers: Failing to maintain a supportive policy environment could set up other high-tech industries to falter, too.

November 22, 2021

Capitol Hill is awash in proposals to stem allegedly out-of-control drug prices, but in their zealousness to rein in drug prices, policymakers risk imperiling drug innovation to the detriment of patients and the economy. The better way to produce more medical cures at lower cost over the long haul will be to double down on innovation, not deter it.

October 25, 2021

Economic, trade, innovation, and global value chain (GVC) linkages between the United States and Taiwan are vitally important to both nations’ advanced technology industries and broader economies. Policymakers should work to deepen them.

September 16, 2021

Expanding the 25-year-old trade agreement that eliminates tariffs on ICT goods would spur broad-based growth for countries that sign on, because lowering prices increases ICT adoption, which spurs productivity and innovation throughout the economy.

July 26, 2021

Nearly 20 years after joining the World Trade Organization, China remains woefully short of meeting a broad range of commitments and responsibilities, to the detriment of both its trading partners and the international economic system.

July 21, 2021

Four out of five Americans say prescription drug prices are unreasonably high, according to a recent KFF survey—and people across the political spectrum say pharma profits are a major contributing factor.

Recent Events and Presentations

March 29, 2022

ITIF hosted a panel discussion with leading experts on innovation policy, technology transfer, and business, who spoke to the practical implications of exercising federal “march-in” rights and why it would be a grave and ill-timed mistake for the U.S. health, competitiveness, and research landscape.

March 17, 2022

Watch ITIF and an expert panel featuring key policymakers and leading analysts who discussed how to bring House and Senate versions of competitiveness legislation across the finish line in a form that will be a winner for U.S. workers and the economy.

December 14, 2021

ITIF hosted a discussion assessing China’s first 20 years in the WTO and exploring what policy measures like-minded nations can pursue in response to this pattern of deceit and dysfunction between China and the global trading system.

December 2, 2021

The Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance (GTIPA) represents a network of more than 40 world-leading think tanks dedicated to advancing a positive view of trade, globalization, and innovation

October 28, 2021

ITIF hosted an event examining the extent of China’s industrial subsidies in high-tech industries and exploring available policy options to curtail these behaviors.

October 7, 2021

ITIF and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) hosted a webinar highlighting a new report showing how ITA-3 expansion can bring significant benefits to global and individual economies alike.

June 30, 2021

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion exploring the implications of GTIPA’s declaration of principles, and prospects for the vision to become a reality.

June 29, 2021

ITIF, Brookings, and AMCC hosted a special, live discussion with senior White House and Congressional offices as well as leading think tanks for a comprehensive overview of these legislative proposals and their potential to stimulate American manufacturing leadership.

June 12, 2021

Stephen Ezell gave a keynote presentation to the Alpha-1 Foundation 2021 Annual Conference addressing policy priorities to ensure continued American life-sciences innovation leadership.

June 10, 2021

Watch our overview of this research, including sectoral analysis of five advanced industries: telecommunications equipment, biopharmaceuticals, solar photovoltaics, semiconductors, and high-speed rail. ITIF analysts will discuss how Chinese policies affect global innovation and steps allied nations can take to mitigate the harm.

May 24, 2021

ITIF and Geneva Network hosted a discussion on the role of IP rights in vaccine and therapeutic R&D, manufacturing, and preparedness for future pandemics. Panelists from around the world will discuss the best ways to scale up mass vaccine and therapeutic manufacturing and examine the implications that would arise from a global waiver of IP rights.