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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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Tax treatment of R&D

Research and development (R&D) tax concessions are extensively used by OECD countries as an indirect way of encouraging business R&D expenditures. Special tax treatment for R&D expenditures includes immediate write-off of current R&D expenditures and various types of tax relief, such as tax credits or allowances against taxable income. Depreciation allowances are a third type.

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