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Oslo Manual 2018: Guidelines for Collecting, Reporting and Using Data on Innovation

The OECD has just published the “Oslo Manual 2018“. What is innovation and how should it be measured? Understanding the scale of innovation activities, the characteristics of innovative firms and the internal and systemic factors that can influence innovation is a prerequisite for the pursuit and analysis of policies aimed at fostering innovation. First published …
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Employment Effects of Innovation Support

Government-backed initiatives to support innovation in business are widespread across the EU. These support measures, if designed and implemented correctly, have the potential to also create jobs – better-quality jobs – to upskill the labour force, to improve job quality and to boost the employment of disadvantaged groups. However, this potential is often not recognised …
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EU Regions and the Upgrading for the Digital Age

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the following report: “EU regions and the upgrading for the digital age” by Antonio Vezzani, Emanuele Pugliese and Petros Gkotsis. In this work they use patent data from the European patent office (EPO) to assess the capabilities of EU regions in developing digital technologies …
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World Development Report 2019: The Changing Nature of Work

The World Bank has just launched the World Development Report 2019, entitled “The Changing Nature of Work.” The report studies how the nature of work is changing as a result of advances in technology today. Fears that robots will take away jobs from people have dominated the discussion over the future of work, but the …
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Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 to: William D. Nordhaus (Yale University, New Haven, USA) “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis” and Paul M. Romer (NYU Stern School of Business, New York, USA) “for integrating technological …
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Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is urbanizing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming life at an unprecedented rate. Cities must be “agile” – able to move quickly and easily – to enable their citizens to thrive. “Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” unpacks the concept of agility and introduces guidelines for measuring agility in key …
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The Digital Enterprise: Moving from Experimentation to Transformation

While enormous resources are being spent on digital transformation programs by the private sector, the results are underwhelming. According to estimates, this year over $1.2 trillion will be spent by companies worldwide on their digital transformation efforts and yet analysis suggests that only 1% of these efforts will actually achieve or exceed their expectations. “The …
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The Future of Jobs Report 2018

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is interacting with other socio-economic and demographic factors to create a perfect storm of business model change in all industries, resulting in major disruptions to labour markets. New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others. The skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in …
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Industrial R&D Continued to Grow Substantially in 2017

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the following Policy brief: “Industrial R&D continued to grow substantially in 2017” by Petros Gkotsis, Hector Hernández and Antonio Vezzani. In this Issue: • R&D funded by the business sector increased in the EU by 5.6%, below the 6.1% global rate and the US …
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