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Why does the UK do so well on the Global Innovation Index?

How do we measure innovation and compare it across countries? And how can it be that the UK is doing so well as an innovation nation, while we seem to be underperforming on productivity?

This episode of Productivity Puzzles takes a deep dive into the latest 2023 Global Innovation Index (GII) and its implications for the UK’s productivity. The UK ranks fourth on the Global Innovation Index, showcasing strengths in R&D, scientific output, and intangible asset intensity. But why does that not translate into productivity gains?

Host Professor Bart van Ark is joined by:

  • Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, Head of Section, Economics and Statistics Division, and co-editor of The GII at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
  • Anna Valero, Deputy Director of Programme on Innovation and Diffusion (POID) and Distinguished Policy Fellow, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.

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