Emerging Technologies

IMF: Why research and development is a crucial part of economic growth

Analysis suggests that the composition of R&D matters for growth. Image: Unsplash/Lucas Vasques

Philip Barrett

Economist, IMF’s Research Department

Diaa Noureldin

Economist in the World Economic Studies Division, IMF’s Research Department

Jean-Marc Natal

Deputy Chief in the World Economic Studies Division, IMF’s Research Department

Niels-Jakob Hansen

Economist in the World Economic Studies Division, IMF’s Research Department


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Scientific articles continue to be cited for years after publication. Image: IMF

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The additional impact of foreign research on patenting is particularly for innovation in emerging market and developing countries. Image: IMF


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A 10 percent permanent increase in the stock of a country's own basic research can increase productivity by 0.3 percent. Image: IMF

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