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.

English Also available in: French

Slovak Republic

The Slovak Republic has enjoyed strong GDP growth thanks to a rapid rise in labour productivity. As a catching-up economy, however, it invests little in R&D and innovation. In 2006, spending on R&D stood at 0.49% of GDP, near the bottom among OECD countries. This figure should be viewed in light of the drop in R&D spending due to the restructuring and closure of government and industrial R&D institutes during the transition to a market economy.

English Also available in: French


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