OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2008

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The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2008 reviews key trends in science, technology and innovation in OECD countries and a number of major non-member economies including Brazil, Chile, China, Israel, Russia and South Africa. Using the latest available data and indicators, the book examines topics high on the agenda of science and innovation policy makers, including science and innovation performance; trends in national science, technology and innovation policies; and practices to assess the socio-economic impacts of public research. This volume also provides an individual profile of the science and innovation performance of each country in relation to its national context and current policy challenges.

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Czech Republic

The Czech Republic continues to catch up with other OECD countries and performs above other eastern European OECD countries on a number of indicators. Between 2002 and 2006, annual growth in real GDP per capita increased from around 2 to 6%, and labour productivity grew strongly at 4.1% a year. Past reforms and accession to the European Union are leading to further expansion of export-driven manufacturing backed by foreign direct investment.

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