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Digital Economy


OECD releases Recommendation on Consumer Protection in E-commerce

Business-to-consumer ecommerce has evolved dramatically since its birth in the late 1990s. Consumer ratings and reviews not only shape the buying experiences of other consumers, but also affect business reputation and product development. Enhancing consumer trust remains a cornerstone for success in a dynamic and complex e-commerce marketplace. On 24 March 2016, the OECD Council agreed to a revised Recommendation on Consumer Protection for Ecommerce, modernising its approach to fair business practices, information disclosures, payment protections, unsafe products, dispute resolution, enforcement and education.


How can consumer policy encourage e-commerce across borders?

With increasing interconnectedness, an innovative e-commerce marketplace has developed and consumers are playing a more active role in the sharing economy. Despite this, business to consumer e-commerce has not reached its full potential, still representing a relatively small share of overall retail sales. Well-tailored consumer protections can encourage e-commerce and provide opportunities for the online marketplace, including the sharing economy, to prosper.

From June 22-23, in Cancun, Mexico, the OECD Ministerial Meeting on the Digital Economy will explore the link between consumer trust and market growth.

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Innovation and Productivity


How can Sweden improve innovation policies?

The 2016 Sweden Review of Innovation Policy focuses on policy initiatives and recommendations vital to Sweden’s global competitiveness in research and innovation, updating a 2012 review.

The report recommends that Sweden should increase its funding to university research and establish Strategic Research Areas. The role of research institutes needs to be enhanced and a Challenge-Driven Innovation programme initiated to address societal challenges. Improved support for Swedish participation in European research and innovation activities should also be a priority.


Innovation and R&D for sound and effective growth in China

Falling returns on investment and excessive capacity have rendered China’s economic growth model unsustainable, notably in terms of environmental degradation and rising income inequality. A key objective of the Chinese government is therefore to move the economy towards a more balanced, sustainable and inclusive growth path. Stronger private investment in R&D and innovation requires improvements in China’s innovation policy. The OECD recommends that China improve the design of government support measures for R&D and innovation and provide national treatment for foreign R&D investors. 

Industry and Globalisation


What is the relationship between environmental policy and “green” innovation in shipbuilding?

Shipbuilding nations are keen to improve the environmental sustainability and innovativeness of their shipbuilding industries. Environmental Policy and Technological Innovation in Shipbuilding examines whether there is evidence of “technology push” from innovation that enables environmental policy initiatives, and/or a “policy pull” that induces innovation leading to “green” ships. Using patent data and documents filed at the International Maritime Organization, the paper focuses on four environment-related categories of technological innovation in the shipbuilding industry: oil spill recovery, emissions control, climate change mitigation and ballast water treatment.

Now available- en français!


2015 Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard

With over 200 indicators, the 2015 Scoreboard is now available in French and builds on internationally comparable datasets. The report identifies the emerging players in science and innovation and the leaders in new, cutting-edge technologies. It shows how jobs and demand for skills depend on demand from your trading partners; or how a country contributes to global value chains in electronics, or motor vehicles, or textiles. It tells you what happened to productivity, firm dynamics and jobs during the recovery.


The Innovation Imperative: Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-being

The Innovation Imperative: Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-being, is now available in French. The report, the 2015 update to the OECD’s Innovation Strategy, focuses on effective skills strategies, a sound, open and competitive business environment, sustained public investment, increased access and participation in the digital economy, sound governance and implementation, and the development of an integrated set of policies for innovation.

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