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Investment and growth in OECD economies is increasingly driven by intangible or knowledge-based capital (KBC). In many OECD countries, firms now invest as much or more in KBC as they do in physical capital such as machinery, equipment and buildings.
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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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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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OECD work on science, technology and industry 2013-14

The Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) develops evidence-based policy advice on the contribution of science, technology and industry to societal well-being and economic growth. In particular, we lead OECD work on the translation of science, technology and knowledge into innovation.

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

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GLOBAL FORUM ON THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY 2014:
Data-driven Innovation for a Resilient Society
  
Tokyo, 2-3 October 2014

CONFERENCE: Productivity Growth and Innovation in the Long Run
Paris, 25-26 September 2014

INTERNET GOVERNANCE: OECD at the IGF 2014
4 September 2014

CLOUD COMPUTING: The Concept, Impacts and the Role of Government Policy
19 August 2014

NANOTECHNOLOGY & TYRES: Greening Industry and Transport
31 July 2014

BROADBAND STATISTICS UPDATE: Subscription growth stable for fixed; still high for wireless
22 July 2014

EVALUATION OF INDUSTRIAL POLICY: Methodological Issues and Policy Lessons
3 July 2014 

SOCIAL INVESTMENT: New Investment Approaches for Addressing Social and Economic Challenges
1 July 2014

FRANCE: Smarter research spending would boost innovation
27 June 2014

BUTTON BATTERY SAFETY: International awareness week
16-20 June 2014

TELEPHONY: Time to terminate international termination charges?
13 June 2014

BROADBAND: Access speed tests
12 June 2014

MAIN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY INDICATORS: Strong recovery in R&D performed by business
10 June 2014

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY: Emerging policy issues
4 June 2014

DYNAMIC ENTERPRISES: Small firms are bigger than you think
22 May 2014

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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2013: Innovation for Growth


OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2013: Innovation for Growth

Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation


Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation

In addition, the OECD is developing new empirical evidence on the emergence and impacts of GVCs; in co-operation with the WTO, a first release of the Trade in Value Added (TiVA) Database was in January 2013; a second release with a broader coverage in terms of countries, years and indicators is scheduled for June 2013.

 

Interconnected Economies:
Benefiting from Global Value Chains

‌‌OECD Communications Outlook 2013

 
OECD Communications Outlook

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2012


OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy


OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy

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