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OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2016

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The fully revamped and re-titled OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook is a biennial publication that aims to inform policy makers and analysts on recent and future changes in global science, technology and innovation (STI) patterns and their potential implications on and for national and international STI policies. Based on the most recent data available, the report provides comparative analysis of new policies and instruments being used in OECD countries and a number of major emerging economies (including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, the Russian Federation and South Africa) to boost the contribution of science and innovation to growth and to global and social challenges. In this edition, detailed country and policy profiles are available on line.

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Switzerland

Switzerland is a small open economy, with high GDP per-capita (59712 USD in 2015) and high export levels (64% of GDP in 2014). The country has maintained outstanding strengths in science, technology and innovation, with a GERD of 3% and a BERD of 2% in 2014. The federal government’s strategy document, Promotion of Education, Research and Innovation (ERI Dispatch), released every 4 years, aims to reinforce public R&D investment in order to maintain a leading position in global research and innovation. The government’s Financial Plan stipulates that the ERI budget should grow at an above-average rate compared to other policy sectors. At the end of 2015, the ERI budget has been growing by 3% during the budgetary period 2013-2016 and the federal expenditure reached USD 18.7 billion PPP (CHF 23.8 billion). The exact target rate as well as total planned federal expenditure for the period 2017-2020 will be decided in response to the Federal Council Dispatch on ERI 2017-2020 by the Swiss Parliament.

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