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Innovation Output Indicator

The Innovation Ouput Indicator measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive. It has been presented by the European Commission in a Communication and a Staff Working Document adopted on 13 September 2013.

The proposed indicator is based on four components chosen for their policy relevance.

  • Technological innovation as measured by patents.
  • Employment in knowledge-intensive activities as a percentage of total employment.
  • Competitiveness of knowledge-intensive goods and services. This is based on both the contribution of the trade balance of high-tech and medium-tech products to the total trade balance, and knowledge-intensive services as a share of the total services exports.
  • Employment in fast-growing firms of innovative sectors.

Communication (all languages): Link

Staff Working Document (English only): Link (1,48MB)

Figure 1: Innovation output indicator scores: ranking of EU Member States

EU average set to 100 in 2010

Figure 2: Innovation output indicator scores: non-EU countries