Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry

Statistical analysis of science, technology and industry


The Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI) manages databases of internationally comparable statistics in these areas. These statistics and indicators underpin policy-related analytical work, particularly with respect to links between technology, competitiveness and globalisation. DSTI also plays a leading role in the development of international statistical standards in the STI area.


Science and technology (S&T) statistics and publications 
Measuring the information economy
Measuring globalisation
Measuring industrial performance
Measuring trade in value added (TiVA)
Measuring innovation: a new perspective
OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard
OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers 
OECD work on patent statistics 
Statistics on innovation for development
Careers of doctorate holders (CDH) project


Latest news

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

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2013: Innovation for Growth
23 October 2013
The charts and underlying data in the STI Scoreboard 2013 are available for download, and, for the first time, selected indicators contain additional data expanding the time and country coverage of the print edition.


OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2013
15 November 2013
Productivity is a key source of economic growth and competitiveness, and as such we need internationally comparable measures for assessing economic performance. This compendium also highlights some of the key measurement issues faced when compiling comparable cross-country indicators.

Measuring R&D Tax Incentives
10 October 2013
R&D tax incentives have become an important policy instrument in several OECD countries and partner economies to encourage firms to invest in R&D. This page provides the latest indicators and interactive charts on R&D tax incentives.

Conference on Patent Statistics for Decision Makers
12-13 November 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The goal of this year's event is to present the latest empirical evidence based on patent and IP statistics and to discuss these findings with decision-makers from both the private and public sectors.

A Cross-Country Characterisation of the Patenting Behaviour of Firms based on Matched Firm and Patent Data
10 September 2013
This working paper proposes an exploratory characterisation of firms’ patenting behaviours across 15 countries. The stylised facts proposed are meant to serve as a basis for broader policy relevant analyses, and as a starting point for a more informed discussion on the role of country-specific framework conditions in explaining the observed differences in firm behaviours and outcomes.

Careers of Doctorate Holders: Analysis of Labour Market and Mobility Indicators
1 July 2013
This working paper presents an analysis of the labour market and mobility indicators generated by the second large-scale data collection on Careers of Doctorate Holders, a joint project by the OECD, UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Eurostat.

Frascati Manual on Measuring R&D: Public consultation for new revised edition
18 June 2013
Since 1962, the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) has been responsible for developing and updating the Frascati Manual, the OECD guidelines for measuring R&D. Frascati definitions and classifications have been widely adopted, including for non-statistical purposes. Over the next couple of years, NESTI will undertake a new revision of the Manual.

Measuring Patent Quality: Indicators of Technological and Economic Value
6 June 2013
The indicators proposed, which can be constructed on all patents, have the advantage of relying on a homogeneous set of information and of being comparable across countries and over time. To facilitate their compilation on data from other Intellectual Property (IP) offices, the SQL-based program codes used to calculate the indicators are also supplied.

OECD-WTO analysis highlights importance of services to global trade
29 May 2013
The latest data from the OECD/WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) database increases the number of economies analysed and provides statistics over a longer timeframe than in the initial findings released in January 2013. They also reinforce how crucial imports are for an economy to be a successful exporter, and demonstrate the increasing pace of globalisation over the last two decades.

Main Science and Technology Indicators (MSTI) 2012/2 update
18 January 2013
MSTI is a timely set of indicators on S&T including resources devoted to R&D. The latest OECD estimates on gross expenditures on R&D (GERD) indicate that the modest recovery initiated in 2010 continued into 2011. For the whole OECD area, total R&D expenditures grew in real terms by 1.3% in 2010, mainly driven by the higher education and government sectors, while business R&D only increased by 0.5%.

Measuring trade in value added
16 January 2013
Business competitiveness and export performance are increasingly tied to countries’ integration into global production chains and a willingness to open markets to wider imports, according to preliminary international trade data released today by the OECD and the WTO.

Mapping Careers and Mobility of Doctorate Holders: Draft Guidelines, Model Questionnaire and Indicators
10 January 2013
This working paper presents the new third edition of the Career of Doctorate Holders (CDH) project technical guidelines including methodological guidelines, a core model questionnaire and instruction manual, and the output tables used for reporting data at the international level and related definitions. It includes a number of basic adjustments and improvements in the wording of survey questions and new ways to measure competencies and skills of doctorate holders both at the time of their advanced research degree completion and in their current employment.

OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2012
21 December 2012
This new compendium presents a broad overview of recent and longer term trends in productivity levels and growth in OECD countries. It also highlights some of the key measurement issues faced when compiling cross-country comparable productivity indicators and describes the caveats needed in analyses.


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