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  • Even before the Global Crisis, productivity growth had slowed in many OECD countries. Using a cross-country firm-level database for 24 countries, the OECD revealed an increasing productivity gap between the global frontier and laggard firms, fewer exits by weak firms, and a decline in entry...

     

  • Countries are developing strategies to promote "territorial inclusiveness" to tackle the uneven distribution of innovation activities across regions. 
    The Report  asks whether governments are succeeding and, together with the Policy Toolkit, provides ideas to help drive successful change.

  • The MSTI indicators provide the timeliest available picture of key trends in science and technology for the entire OECD area and partner economies including China, Russian Federation, South Africa and Chinese Taipei. The indicators cover data on resources devoted to research and development, patent families, technology balance of payments and international trade in R&D-intensive industries.

  • R&D tax incentives are amongst the most important policy instruments to support business innovation. With the support of Horizon 2020, these country profiles of R&D tax incentives draw on the OECD's special expertise to cover: the mix of direct funding and tax relief efforts; trends in government support for business R&D; main features of national R&D tax support schemes; and indicators on the expected generosity of R&D tax support…

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  • The OECD’s Inclusive Innovation Policy Toolkit is a practical and interactive guide developed to aid policy makers design and implement effective innovation policies for inclusive growth. It gathers more than 30 detailed case studies of inclusive innovation policies from different OECD and non-OECD member countries. The toolkit has been developed as part of the OECD Innovation for Inclusive Growth project.

    The toolkit can be accessed here.

  • As the cost of data collection, storage and processing continues to decline dramatically and computing power increases, social and economic activities are increasingly migrating to the Internet. Technologies, smart applications and other innovations in the digital economy can improve services and help address policy challenges in a wide range of areas, including health, agriculture, public governance, tax, transport, education, and the environment, among others. 
    The 12 January conference explored crucial issues such as setting the policy framework for the ICT sector, developing a shared approach to standards and digital infrastructures, and ensuring trust in the digital economy. It laid the path for the first ever G20 Digital Ministers meeting, to take place in Dusseldorf on 6-7 April. 
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  • On November 17-18, STI held a conference in Stockholm on the Next Production Revolution, together with Vinnova, the national innovation agency, and Sweden’s Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. You can watch the videos of the sessions, covering issues ranging from what production might look like in 10 years, to the design of institutions to diffuse new technologies and support SMEs, the major role of industrial biotechnology, and the impacts of digitalisation and robotisation.
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  • The 12 January conference saw the launch of the OECD's two-year multidisciplinary and cross-cutting "Going Digital" initiative, which will analyse the digital transformation that is taking place and the pro-active policy response needed to make the digital transformation work for growth and well-being.
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  • At a conference in China last year, the chief scientist of an American robotics firm predicted the world was approaching the “moment of singularity.” For the uninitiated, technological singularity is the hypothetical event in which artificial... 
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  • The 2016 edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook, a biennial flagship publication, will be launched in Brussels on 8 December. The report takes a look at global megatrends and technology trends, and speculates about the forces shaping public research systems over the next 10-15 years. It also reviews key recent trends in STI and policies in a series of thematic and country profiles.