Title: The EU 2020 innovation indicator: A step forward in measuring innovation outputs and outcomes?
Authors: Janger, Jürgen ×
Schubert, Torben
Andries, Petra
Rammer, Christian
Hoskens, Machteld #
Issue Date: 2016
Series Title: Research Policy vol:accepted
Abstract: In October 2013, the European Commission presented a new indicator intended to capture innovation outputs and outcomes and thereby “support policy-makers in establishing new or reinforced actions to remove bottlenecks that prevent innovators from translating ideas into products and services that can be successful on the market”. This article aims to evaluate the usefulness of the new indicator against the background of the difficulties in measuring innovation outputs and outcomes. We develop a unique conceptual framework for measuring innovation outcomes that distinguishes structural change and structural upgrading as two key dimensions in both manufacturing and services. We conclude that the new indicator is biased towards a somewhat narrowly defined “high-tech” understanding of innovation outcomes. We illustrate our framework proposing a broader set of outcome indicators capturing also structural upgrading. We find that the results for the modified indicator differ substantially for a number of countries, with potentially wide-ranging consequences for innovation and industrial policies.
ISSN: 0048-7333
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation (MSI), Leuven
ECOOM - Centre for Research and Development Monitoring
× corresponding author
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