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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 Industry (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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MAKING INNOVATION POLICY WORK: Learning from experimentation
10 April 2014

COLOMBIA: Review of telecommunication policy and regulation
9 April 2014

MOBILE AND ONLINE PAYMENTS: Consumer policy guidance
4 April 2014

THE INTERNET IN TRANSITION: State of the transition to IPv6 and measures to support the continued use of IPv4
3 April 2014

WORKING PAPER: Environmental Policies and Risk Finance in the Green Sector: Cross-country Evidence 
2 April 2014

ALZHEIMER'S AND DEMENTIA RESEARCH: Unleashing the power of big data
21 March 2014

SYMPOSIUM: Innovation and Inclusive Growth
Paris, 20-21 March 2014

PROMOTING RESEARCH EXCELLENCE: New Approaches to Funding
27 February 2014

INTERNET TRAFFIC: Beyond the first mile
19 February 2014

INTELLIGENT DEMAND: Policy rationale, design and potential benefits
18 February 2014

NANOTECHNOLOGY: Towards a statistical framework
12 February 2014

GLOBAL SCIENCE FORUM: Report on International Distributed Research Infrastructures
7 February 2014

HEALTHY AGEING: Integrating 'omics' and policy
28 January 2014

CONNECTED TELEVISIONS: Convergence and emerging business models
23 January 2014

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT: OECD releases R&D spending data for 2012
17 January 2014

INNOVATION POLICY PLATFORM: Better knowledge for better innovation policies
15 January 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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