Enhancing Innovation in Rural Regions of Switzerland

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In contrast to falling rates in low density peri-urban and rural remote areas, high density peri-urban areas in Switzerland recorded double the rate of labour productivity growth than the national average. This report examines the Swiss regional innovation system and how it can boost productivity growth in rural regions by enhancing innovation. It also puts a special focus on the agri-food sector to improve the agricultural innovation system.


Executive summary

With strong entrepreneurship rates, leading universities and research institutions, a competitive market and policies that enable the free flow of individuals and encourage firm linkages between territories, Switzerland is a leader of innovation among OECD countries, with an exemplary and advanced regional innovation strategy consisting of six regional innovation systems (RIS).

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