Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation


  • Going Digital: Making the transformation work for growth and well-being

    A multidisciplinary and cross-cutting initiative that aims to help policymakers in all relevant policy areas better understand the digital transformation that is taking place across different sectors of the economy and society as a whole. It will articulate recommendations for pro-active – rather than reactive – policies that will help to drive greater growth and societal well-being and help address the challenges of slow productivity growth, high unemployment and growing inequality in many countries.

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  • The changing face of global trade: Measuring trade in value added

    A joint OECD-WTO initiative on Measuring Trade in Value Added (TiVA) breaks with conventional measurements of trade, which record gross flows of goods and services each time they cross borders. It seeks instead to analyse the value added by a country in the production of any good or service that is then exported, and offers a fuller picture of commercial relations between nations.

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  • Global value chains: Interconnected economies

    International production, trade and investments are increasingly organised within so-called global value chains (GVCs) where the different stages of the production process are located across different countries. Products are no longer made somewhere, but everywhere. The emergence of GVCs challenges our conventional wisdom on how we look at economic globalisation and in particular, the policies that we develop around it.

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Latest news

November 2017

Analysis of selected measures promoting the construction and operation of greener ships

OECD global safety awareness campaign on furniture tip-overs (#AnchorIt)

Trust in peer platform markets: Consumer survey findings

OECD biotechnology statistics update

OECD nanotechnology statistics update

Economic shocks and changes in global production structures: Methods for measuring economic resilience

Using Crunchbase for economic and managerial research

Matching Crunchbase with patent data

OECD science, technology and innovation news - November edition


October 2017

Digital Economy Outlook 2017: Unequal access and usage could hold back potential of digital economy

Investing in innovation and skills: Thriving in global value chains

Frascati Manual R&D and the System of National Accounts

OECD science, technology and innovation news - October edition


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Recent and upcoming

Conference on New Approaches to Evaluating the Ocean Economy
Paris, 22-23 November

Intellectual Property Statistics for Decision Makers 2017 Conference
Mexico City, 14-15 November 

Conference on Artificial Intelligence: Intelligent Machines, Smart Policies
Paris, 26-27 October


RECENT Publications

Digital Economy Outlook 2017

The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business

Key Issues for Digital Transformation in the G20

OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2016

Ocean Economy in 2030

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2015


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It is part of the DNA of the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (DSTI) to constantly look for ways of better understanding where our economies and societies are today, and where they are going tomorrow. We pride ourselves on tackling topics at the boundaries of our scientific and technological understanding, such as using biotechnology and nanotechnology to alter modes of production, and how digital shifts like “big data,” earth observation and digital platforms are changing our world.

We traverse a vast range of topics, developing evidence-based policy advice on the contribution of science, technology and innovation to economies and societies. 


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At DSTI we also manage internationally comparable databases on the links between industry, technology, competitiveness and globalisation to inform research, debate and policy making.

Sound measurement is crucial for better policies in science, technology and innovation. Experimentation with metrics based on new tools and data, or new ways of using existing data, are needed to provide insights into emerging areas of policy interest, provoke debate and move the measurement agenda forward.


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