• Between now and 2030, innovations such as 3D printers, robotics, new materials and data-led manufacturing will have fascinating implications for production. The more governments and firms understand, the better placed they will be to address the risks and reap the benefits.

    On 6 February,  Alistair Nolan from @OECDinnovation was at the American Library in Paris to discuss the OECD report The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business

    •    Watch the replay on Facebook
    •    See the report

  • Agreement on a harmonised application of clear statistical definitions of technologies is pertinent to the delineation of technology fields both with regard to each other and within the context of wider economic developments.

    This document revises the OECD's statistical definition of biotechnology and proposes the adoption of a statistical definition of nanotechnology in the same format.

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  • This paper uses “centrality” metrics to reflect position within global value chains. Central sectors reflect those that are highly connected (both directly and indirectly) and influential within global production networks, whereas peripheral sectors exhibit weak linkages and are less influential. Applying these metrics to OECD ICIO data reveals that there have been profound changes in the structure of GVCs over the period 1995-2011. 

  • What are the recent policy and technology approaches to bridging the digital divide in rural and remote areas in OECD countries? Experience in OECD countries with fibre optics, coaxial cable, copper, fixed and mobile wireless, satellites and hybrid approaches, as well as with emerging technologies, are used to illustrate some of the technological trends discussed in this paper. It also includes a summary of common challenges and good practices to bring improved communication services to individuals and communities in rural and remote regions.

  • Published last October, the Digital Economy Outlook looks at policy implications of the digital transformation and shows how Internet infrastructure and usage vary across countries and firms in the OECD area.

    A summary is also available in 26 languages at:

  • Released in November, the STI Scoreboard 2017 draws on the latest internationally comparable data to show how the digital transformation affects science, innovation, the economy and the way people work and live.

    A summary is also available in 26 languages at:

  • This paper looks at the Frascati Manual 2015 (FM) framework for Research and Development (R&D) statistics and the System of National Accounts (SNA) framework of comprehensive economic accounts - giving an overview of their shared history, analysing their approaches to measuring R&D following the introduction of R&D assets in the 2008 SNA, and highlighting changes in the latest FM which can help value and allocate these assets.

  • Following up on a 2016 report exploring issues related to protecting consumers in peer platform markets, the OECD Committee on Consumer Policy conducted an online survey of 10 000 consumers across 10 OECD member countries in order to better understand the role and drivers of consumer trust in PPMs. This report discusses the findings.

  • This paper synthesises the main policy implications of OECD work focusing on the interplay between participation and positioning in global value chains (GVCs), employment demand and supply, and workforce skills endowment.

  • With its potential to galvanise economies, digital transformation is now high on the global agenda.

    Released on 11 October, the Digital Economy Outlook 2017 provides new data and insights on the digital transformation.

    It offers an overview of policy and regulation as well as trends in access and connectivity, ICT usage and skills, innovation, applications and transformation, and digital risk and trust. It also explores the opportunities and challenges raised by artificial intelligence and blockchain.