OECD Regions at a Glance 2013

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This fifth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national growth and the well-being of societies.It updates its regular set of region-by-region indicators, examining a wide range of policies and trends and identifying those regions that are outperforming or lagging behind in their country. The report covers all 34 OECD member countries, and, where data are available, Brazil, China,Colombia, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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Patents in regions and by sectors

Patent application is an indicator of inventive activity and the analysis of regional patenting helps assess the spatial distribution of innovation. Patents are one of the mechanisms used to appropriate the results of investments in intangibles. They are a good proxy of innovation efforts; however, patenting activity is strongly associated with sectoral patterns, since some economic sectors (i.e. pharmaceuticals and electronics) tend to show higher patenting trends due to the type of innovative activity than other sectors (i.e. textiles or other low-tech sectors).

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