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A case study of problems using statistics as a basis for decision international R&D making

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The challenges and opportunities of the global economy make international research and development information increasingly important to those in key decision-making positions in the world. This paper presents a case study of efforts to collect international information to assist decision makers in one research and development agency of the US government. The lack of a standard international method for collecting data created difficulties for researchers seeking to compare data from 10 industrialised nations and the European Community (European Union). The authors recommend that immediate efforts to improve the reliability and the usefulness of international R&D statistics be undertaken and that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development play a leading role.

Keywords: R&, D policy, R&, D portfolios, R&, D statistics, international data collection, purchasing power parity rates

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