The EU 2020 innovation indicator : a step forward in measuring innovation outputs and outcomes?


Janger, Jürgen ; Schubert, Torben ; Andries, Petra ; Rammer, Christian ; Hoskens, Machteld


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/41558
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-415585
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 16-072
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O25 , O31 , O38 , O52,
Keywords (English): Innovation output , innovation outcome , innovation measurement , structural change , structural upgrading , EU 2020 strategy , innovation policy
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.

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Janger, Jürgen ; Schubert, Torben ; Andries, Petra ; Rammer, Christian ; Hoskens, Machteld (2016) The EU 2020 innovation indicator : a step forward in measuring innovation outputs and outcomes? Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 16-072 [Working paper]
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