Working Papers


  • 23-February-2015

    English

    Manufacturing or Services? That is (not) the Question - The Role of Manufacturing and Services in OECD Economies

    While de-industrialisation and offshoring have dominated the news about manufacturing during the past decades, recent years have witnessed a number of examples of companies re-shoring activities back to OECD economies. Policy discussions often ignore the profound changes manufacturing has undergone. This working paper addresses this issue against the background of long-term structural change in OECD economies.

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  • 23-January-2015

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    Measuring Design and its Role in Innovation

    This working paper sums up the main findings of an OECD project aiming to provide an evidence basis for focusing efforts to improve the measurement of technological and non-technological forms of business innovation, with particular focus on the role of design. It reviews a broad range of novel design-related measures, indicating their advantages and limitations in terms of policy relevance and insights.

  • 12-January-2015

    English

    The Proliferation of "Big Data" and Implications for Official Statistics and Statistical Agencies: A Preliminary Analysis

    This working paper describes the potential of the proliferation of new sources of large volumes of data, sometimes also referred to as "big data", for informing policy making in several areas. It also outlines the challenges that the proliferation of data raises for the production of official statistics and for statistical policies.

  • 6-November-2014

    English

    OECD Digital Economy Papers

    This series examines a wide range of activities aimed at improving our understanding of how information and communication technologies contribute to sustainable economic growth and social well-being as well as their role in the shift toward knowledge-based societies.

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  • 28-October-2014

    English

    OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers

    The Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) leads OECD research on the contribution of science, technology and industry to well-being and economic growth. STI Working Papers cover a broad range of topics including definition and measurement of S&T indicators, global value chains, and research on policies to promote innovation.

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  • 28-October-2014

    English

    Renewable Energy Policies and Cross-border Investment: Evidence from Mergers & Acquisitions in Solar and Wind Energy

    The study assesses the role of feed-in tariffs (FITs) and renewable energy certificates (RECs) in creating incentives for cross-border investments and for investments in particular technological portfolios via M&A. The analysis explores the dataset on M&As in alternative energy sources worldwide over 2005-2011.

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  • 2-April-2014

    English

    Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross-country Evidence

    Risk finance is essential for new ventures to commercialise new ideas and grow, especially in emerging sectors. Yet very little is known about the drivers and characteristics of risk finance in the green sector. This paper aims to fill this gap by providing a detailed description of risk finance in the green sector across 29 countries and identifying the role that policies might have in shaping high-growth investments.

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  • 18-February-2014

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    Intelligent Demand: Policy Rationale, Design and Potential Benefits

    This paper reviews demand-side innovation policies, their rationales and importance across countries, different approaches to their design, the challenges entailed in their implementation and evaluation, and good practices. Three main forms of demand-side policy are considered: innovation-oriented public procurement, innovation-oriented regulations, and standards, with emphasis on innovation-oriented public procurement.

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  • 10-September-2013

    English

    A Cross-Country Characterisation of the Patenting Behaviour of Firms based on Matched Firm and Patent Data (STI Working Paper 2013/5)

    This paper proposes an exploratory characterisation of firms’ patenting behaviours across 15 countries. The stylised facts proposed are meant to serve as a basis for broader policy relevant analyses, and as a starting point for a more informed discussion on the role of country-specific framework conditions in explaining the observed differences in firm behaviours and outcomes.

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  • 1-July-2013

    English

    Careers of Doctorate Holders: Analysis of Labour Market and Mobility Indicators

    This paper presents an analysis of the labour market and mobility indicators generated by the second large-scale data collection on Careers of Doctorate Holders, a joint project by the OECD, UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Eurostat.

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