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The 2007 "Key Figures on Science, Technology and Innovation. Towards a European Research Area" takes a detailed look at the most important aspects of EU investment and performance in the knowledge-based economy, and in this regard benchmarks the EU and its Member States against their main competitors.
The set of benchmarking indicators used consists of five broad categories ¿ R&D expenditure, human resources, scientific performance, technological performance, and the impacts of S&T performance on competitiveness (e.g. high-tech trade performance) ¿ and is organised in two main parts.
The first part compares the European Union with the other main world regions. Here, the scope has been broadened as much as possible to include `non-triadic¿ economies such as China and South Korea, but unfortunately data for emerging players such as Brazil and India are often lacking. The second part examines intra-European differences and similarities, convergences and divergences by
analysing the performances of the Member States in relation to each other and to the EU average.

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