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  • Sweden is among the top OECD countries in deploying digital technology to individuals and business, with widespread Internet use across the country and narrowing digital divides. The availability, quality and affordability of high-speed Internet in Sweden is among the best in the OECD.

    Sweden’s efforts to embrace the shift to digital have been a key driver of economic growth in recent years, yet more needs to be done to get remote areas of the country online, bring digital technology to small firms, upgrade skills and meet security and privacy challenges, according OECD’s first digital transformation country review: Going Digital in Sweden.

  • Evidence has suggested that the bigger a firm gets, the more productive it is and the higher the wages it pays. However, existing studies are mainly based on manufacturing data only. Using a unique micro-aggregated dataset, this paper sheds light on these important relationships across sectors. The results suggest that in a service economy the “size-wage premium” becomes more a “productivity-wage premium”.

  • As the digital transformation unfolds, workers may need to be increasingly flexible in order to adapt to new or different tasks. They may also need to be more mobile across occupations. This paper sheds light on the amount and type of training needed to facilitate job-to-job transitions. 

  • This new web portal of the EC-OECD International Database on STI policies provides freely available qualititative and quantatative information on over 7 000 policy initiatives from over 50 countries. It aims to become a central platform for policy research and advice supporting government officials, analysts and scholars.

    The official launch in Brussels on 27 April gathered experts in the field of STI policy including Kurt Vandenberghe, Director for Policy Development and Coordination at the Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG-RTD) of the European Commission, and Dirk Pilat (@PilatSTI), Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.

  • On 16 May, Diego Piacentini (@diegopia), the Italian Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, gave a unique seminar at the OECD on his work to "build the operating system of Italy". On leave from Amazon, Mr. Piacentini's task is to make Italian public services for citizens and businesses usable in an easy and interoperable manner via a “Mobile First” approach, using the “Once Only” principle and making data open and easily accessible.

  • As governments try to stimulate innovation, they often struggle with how to coordinate policies across the diverse ministries that might have a stake in R&D and innovation efforts and their outcomes. Since 2006, the OECD has carried out innovation policy reviews in over 25 countries, building a wealth of good practices from which other countries can learn. 

  • Increased robot use, fuelled by price declines and the increased dexterity of these machines, is expected to affect existing/future production technologies and the organisation of production within global value chains. As many economies are implementing policies to support use of industrial robotics, this new working paper investigates how production may be affected via changes in offshoring and backshoring.

  • In 2017, 30 out of 35 OECD member countries and a number of other major economies gave preferential tax treatment to R&D. See our newly updated R&D tax incentive profiles available for 25 countries as well as the latest indicators and information on the cost, design and scope of R&D tax incentives.

  • The latest OECD data on R&D for 2016 show China on course to match OECD average R&D intensity by 2020. Find out more and download highlights from the recent update.

  • New digital tools are empowering, and can serve to support a new source of inclusive global economic growth. To seize this opportunity it is essential that no one, and especially no woman, is held back in trying to achieve their aspirations. Now is the time to ensure the digital transformation represents a leapfrog opportunity for women and a chance to build a more inclusive digital world. This brochure, prepared with the support of the Australian Government and launched in New York at the margin of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, presents preliminary analysis and experimental indicators to help broaden the evidence base.