Regional, rural and urban development


Unlocking Rural Innovation

In the midst of a global slowdown in productivity, unlocking the innovative potential of rural places is more important than ever. As part of a series on supporting to help rural areas thrive, this thematic report provides the latest analysis and research on rural innovation, and proposes ways to overcome the growing gaps between rural and urban places that are contributing to the geographies of discontent. It first explores the multi-facetted innovative practices that are already occurring in rural places, and proposes alternative indicators beyond the traditional science and technology measures to capture them. Then, it identifies policy drivers and bottlenecks to help rural entrepreneurs, firms and people fully mobilise their growth potential. Results and recommendations are drawn from research and fact-finding missions from select OECD member countries.

Available from September 28, 2022

In series:OECD Rural Studiesview more titles


Abbreviations and acronyms
Executive summary
Assessments and recommendations
Innovation measurement through a rural lens
Rural entrepreneurship and start‑ups
Innovation as a driver of opportunities for rural regions
Annexes6 chapters available
Understanding explained and unexplained differences between two groups through a counter-factual exercise: The Oaxaca- Blinder decomposition
Regression analysis on the probability of starting a firm for young entrepreneurs
Impact of innovation, by regional characteristics
Patentable occupations
European national innovation trends
Creative occupations in the US
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