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OECD Publishes 2009 Comparative Science, Tech and Industry Scoreboard

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

18 December 2009


The OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard 2009 illustrates and analyzes a wide set of indicators of science, technology, globalization and industrial performance in OECD and major non-OECD countries (notably Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, Indonesia, China, and South Africa). It includes the latest figures for research and development (R&D), foreign direct investments, risk capital, and technology-related trade.

Bringing together internationally comparable indicators, it has become a widely used reference which combines statistical rigor with easy access and readability.

The 2009 edition focuses on five key areas:

  • Responding to the economic crisis: venture capital, R&D expenditure, researchers, patents, trademarks, productivity, and foreign direct investment (FDI) statistics up to the second quarter of 2009.
  • Targeting new growth areas: R&D, patents and scientific publications in key research fields: health, biotechnology, nanotechnology and environmental sciences, access to telecommunication networks, government R&D budget, R&D tax subsidies, and cooperation with innovative firms.
  • Competing in the world economy: international trade by technological intensity, trade in information and communication technology (ICT) goods and services, e-commerce and e-business penetration, activities of multinational firms, non-technological innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • Connecting to global research: international cooperation in R&D, patents and scientific publications among countries and subnational regions; technological balance of payments; international flows in inventions and doctoral students.
  • Investing in the knowledge economy: new university graduates and doctorate holders by discipline and gender; human resources in science and technology; employment of graduates and doctorate holders; and relative earnings by level of education and gender.

The key findings are presented in a user-friendly format alongside figures highlighting the relative performance of countries. In addition, brief technical notes provide further methodological details on the indicators, along with links to useful references and data sources.

The STI Scoreboard is published every other year, in alternance with the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook.

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