Innovation is a major source of economic performance and social welfare. It directly affects productivity, job creation and citizens' well being and helps to address global challenges such as the economic crisis, health, and the environment. As the role of innovation has taken on greater prominence and its characteristics have evolved, statistical information is necessary to measure these global challenges and to identify directions for responding to them.
The ninth edition of the OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard explores recent developments in matters relating to innovation, science, technology, and globalization. In this regard, it compares characteristics of OECD member and major non-member economies and provides information on the economic crisis and other global challenges.