The Innovation Imperative

Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-Being

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Well-timed and targeted innovation boosts productivity, increases economic growth and helps solve societal problems. But how can governments encourage more people to innovate more of the time? And how can government itself be more innovative?

The OECD Innovation Strategy provides a set of principles to spur innovation in people, firms and government. It takes an in-depth look at the scope of innovation and how it is changing, as well as where and how it is occurring, based on updated research and data.

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Effective innovation policies

The fourth set of policies for innovation relate to the specific actions that encourage firms to engage in innovation and entrepreneurial activity. This includes R&D tax incentives, place-based policies, policies for high-growth firms, new approaches to industrial policy, including smart specialisation strategies, demand-side innovation policies, as well as consumer policy. In designing such policies, the appropriate mix of policies is often an important consideration for government.

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