Business Innovation Policies

Selected Country Comparisons

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This study is concerned with trends in and key features of policies and programmes used by governments to support innovation in the business sector. In addition to identifying good practices across a range of programme types, it compares business innovation policies across several countries, with a particular focus on Canada.



Public support for business R&D

This chapter assesses countries’ support to private investment in R&D. It provides an overview of current policies, describing both direct support instruments (e.g. direct procurement, grants and subsidies for R&D) and indirect instruments (e.g. R&D tax credits) used by the seven countries examined. General observations are drawn on the relative merits and demerits of direct and indirect support. Countries’ overall mix of policies, notably the balance between direct and indirect support, is also discussed.


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