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This is the third edition of the annual Key Figures booklet on European science and technology indicators. Since the last two editions, in 1998 and 1999, there has been an intensification of the debate about research in Europe, which has led to a burgeoning of interest in policy circles in the use and development of indicators to assess Europe's effort and performance in science and technology (notably in relation to the European Research Area and the benchmarking of research policies).

This publication is not intended as a benchmarking of national research policies, as foreseen in the Council Resolution of 15 June 2000. However, by illustrating the range of policy-relevant indicators that can be produced from existing statistics, it is hoped that the report may serve as a useful contribution to this process that will facilitate further reflection on the benchmarking of research.

In Part 1, an attempt is made to compare the performance of European countries, the USA and Japan in terms of growth, employment and competitiveness, and to understand the contribution made by research, technological development and innovation.

Part 2 presents indicators relating to countries' investment for the knowledge based economy and covers expenditure on education, R&D and innovation, as well as venture capital investment.

Part 3 addresses the important issue of human resources in science and technology and sets out comparative indicators of graduates of the higher education system and numbers of researchers, as well as some indicators of mobility and attractiveness based on statistics currently available.

Part 4 compares performance in terms of scientific and inventive outputs, innovation and high-tech trade, along with some indicators of the performance of the European Union's regions.

Part 5 presents available indicators on the pattern of co-operation within the European Research Area and between Europe and its main international partners.

Additional information

Authors: MIRA P (EDITORS), DG for Research-Unit for Competitiveness, Economic Analysis and Indicators;BUSQUIN P, DG for Research-Unit for Competitiveness, Economic Analysis and Indicators
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19396 EN (2000) 86pp., EURO: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the European Commission, DG for Research, rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32-2-2969026 Fax:+32-2-2962840
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9755-9
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