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OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation
OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Catalonia, Spain 2010
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  11 Jun 2010
Pages: 272 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264082045 , OECD Code: 042010021P1
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This review of regional innovation assesses how to improve Catalonia's current strategy and actions in order to boost its innovation system through both its own programmes and those of Spain and the European Union.

It finds that with over seven million inhabitants and a GDP of around EUR 204 billion, Catalonia is not only an important region within Spain, but within the OECD as well. Indeed, its economic output is similar to countries like Portugal and Norway. The region experienced massive population growth over the past decade, due to immigration, which in part drove GDP growth. However, Catalonia’s productivity is slipping, relative to other OECD regions, necessitating the transition to a productivity-driven growth model through a stronger regional innovation system. The region has successfully strengthened its research base, with investments in R&D having increased four-fold over the past decade. Catalonia is now mobilising actors across the innovation system in regional centres, such as Barcelona, to improve productivity and address social challenges.  

Table of contents:

Acronyms and Abbreviations
Assessment and Recommendations

-Review context
-Diagnosing the innovation system
-Catalonia's innovation policy
-Catalonia's policy in a multi-level governance context
-Innovation is recognised as a driver of economic growth in OECD countries
-What should regional innovation policy do?
-New forms of innovation and innovation policy
-New governance arrangements to support regional innovation
Chapter 1. Innovation and the Catalan Economy
-What is Catalonia?
-Demogarphic and ecnomic trends
-Catalonia's industrial structure
-Innovation performance
-Regional innovation system actors
-Annex 1.A1
Chapter 2. Catalonia's S&T and Innovation Policies
-The evolution of Catalonia's S&T and innovation policies
-Achievements and limitations of the 2005-2008 Research and Innovation Plan
-The current policy mix: imbalances and constraints
-The Catalan Agreement on Research and Innovation
-Annex 2.A1
Chapter 3. Multi-level Governance of Catalonia's S&T&I Policy
-EU and Spanish S&T and innovation policy context
-Central-regional competency sharing on S&T&I
-Other areas of co-ordination
-Annex 3.A1

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