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OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014

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The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014 reviews key trends in science, technology and innovation (STI) policies, and performance in more than 45 economies, including OECD countries and major emerging economies. The report draws on the latest OECD work on science and innovation policy analysis and measurement.

Following an overview of the STI global landscape and policy trends, key policy issues are discussed across a series of thematic policy profiles. The third section examines individual STI country performances, along with the most recent national policy developments. These global and national policy trends are monitored by a unique international policy survey conducted by the OECD every two years.

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Strengthening education and skills for innovation

Education policies play a central role in innovation, by supplying the foundations and skills innovative economies require to develop processes and undertake organisational changes, but also to adopt new products and to adapt to changes over time. A number of OECD and partner countries highlight education and skills as key priorities in innovation policy. Since innovation and technological development in recent decades have had a profound impact on the labour market and the skills required for many occupations, there is an increasing focus on how well the education system equips young people with the skills to participate in and respond to innovation in the workplace.

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