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Education and Innovation


The importance of providing adequate education opportunities to all members of society has by now been recognised in all OECD countries. However, education systems differ significantly across countries in many ways such as, for example, in their structure. In addition to information about the organisation of education systems, the DICE Database includes data on how education systems are financed and on the educational attainment of the population. It also provides an overview of learning environments, educational outcomes, and much more.


There is a general consensus that innovation is a major driver of long-term growth. Countries apply a wide variety of instruments to stimulate innovation, ranging from direct support measures like R&D subsidies and tax credits to investment in the basic infrastructure of education and knowledge generation. The relevance of these measures, however, varies greatly between countries, as does government participation in the financing of innovation. DICE’s innovation field sheds light on these international differences, providing detailed information on innovation inputs (e.g., R&D expenditure, R&D personnel), innovative performance (e.g., patents, high-tech exports), and the innovation policies pursued by different countries.

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