OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009

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At a time when world economy is in the midst of the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2009 provides the statistical information necessary to define a response to the global challenges accompanying the downturn.

This edition of the  Scoreboard  illustrates and analyses a wide set of indicators of science, technology, globalisation and industrial performance in OECD and major non-OECD countries (notably Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia, China and South Africa). Indicators are organised around five issues: responding to the economic crisis, targeting new growth areas, competing in the world economy, connecting to global research, and investing in the knowledge economy. The Scoreboard also includes StatLinks, "clickable" access to the underlying data in Excel® spreadsheets.

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Earnings by educational attainment

The earnings premium from education is an important incentive for individuals to enrol in tertiary education. In all OECD countries, annual earnings increase with educational attainment levels. In Hungary, the average annual earnings of tertiary-level diploma holders was more than twice that of upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education diploma holders in 2006. The next highest relative earnings were in the Czech Republic (183%), Portugal (177%) and the United States (176%). Such earning differentials are traditionally smaller in Nordic countries (129% in Norway, 126% in Sweden and 125% in Denmark) followed by New Zealand (115%).

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