Innovation has become a key factor for economic growth, but how does the process take place at the level of individual firms? This book presents the main results of the OECD Innovation Microdata Project -- the first large-scale effort to exploit firm-level data from innovation surveys across 20 countries in an internationally harmonised way, with a view to addressing common analytical questions. Through the use of common indicators and econometric modeling, this analytical report presents a broad overview of how firms innovate in different countries, highlights some of the limitations of current innovation surveys, and identifies directions for future research.
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Governments, working together with consumer organisations, teachers’ and parents’ associations and other civil society groups, should do more to promote consumer education. The aim should be to help consumers develop critical thinking and raise awareness, according to new policy recommendations (“Consumer Education: Policy recommendations of the OECD’s Committee on Consumer Education”) recently endorsed by the OECD’s Committee on
This book reviews how the emergence of pharmacogenetics will impact the efficiency of pharmaceutical R&D and improve healthcare decision making and clinical care. It discusses what policies need to change in order for the public to reap the benefits from advances in diagnostic genetic testin
The ability to effectively use these vast amounts of knowledge will depend in part on the bringing together of different strands of information, data and biological materials within human biobanks and genetic research databases (HBGRDs).
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Innovation in ICTs is key to achieving ambitious CO2 emissions reductions. At the UN Climate Change talks in Barcelona - four weeks ahead of COP15 - the OECD, ITU, GeSI and international partners discuss how ICTs can help combat global warming.
This workshop, sponsored by Japan, Germany, the Netherlands and Norway under the auspices of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP).
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This report looks at innovative practices in the management of risk in six countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands and Singapore. It focuses on recent developments in risk management at central government level such as approaches to multi-risk identification and assessment, and methods to prioritise investments in mitigation activities.
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This paper provides an overview of short-term and long-term developments in ICT employment trends. Preliminary analysis of available indicators shows that employment is dropping in the ICT sector - notably in ICT goods sectors and mostly remaining flat in ICT services.
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Internet Governance Forum Workshop: Using ICTs and the Internet to meet environmental challenges 17 November 2009, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt Governments, business, civil society and international organisations have developed a broad variety of initiatives and tools aimed at making the use of ICTs and the Internet greener. This includes using ICT and Internet-based applications to improve environmental performance in buildings and urban