Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation


  • New sources of growth: Knowledge-based capital

    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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  • The changing face of global trade: Measuring trade in value added

    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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  • Global value chains: Interconnected economies

    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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STEEL: Excess production capacity poses significant, growing challenge
5 March 2015

BROADBAND: 2015 data update
19 February 2015

CONFERENCE: Innovation for Inclusive Growth
New Delhi, India, 10-12 February 2015

STATISTICS: Main Science & Technology Indicators update
3 February 2015

SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTMENT: Building the Evidence Base
3 February 2015

DEMENTIA Research and Care: Can BIG DATA Help?
3 February 2015

DESIGN: Measuring its role in innovation
26 January 2015

BIG DATA: Implications for official statistics and statistical policies
12 January 2015

VIDEO: Who uses Internet, and what for?
10 December 2014

CYBER MONDAY: Today, tomorrow, the day after and the next...
1 December 2014

VIET NAM: Enhancing science, technology and innovation to drive sustained growth
24 November 2014

DIGITAL ECONOMY: Compare countries' Internet use and online activities
24 November 2014

STI OUTLOOK: China headed to overtake EU and US in science & technology spending
12 November 2014

DEMENTIA: Addressing the barriers to innovation in global agenda to fight Alzheimer’s
12 November 2014

MOBILE OPERATORS: What difference does one more or one less make to you?
6 November 2014

BIOTECH & NANOTECH: Key statistical indicators update
30 October 2014

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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014

Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective

Measuring the Digital Economy:
A New Perspective

Space Economy at a Glance 2014

The Space Economy at a Glance 2014

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

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

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 Reviews of Innovation Policy

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy

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