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Press Release 12-170

Data Link Project Provides New Insight About the U.S. R&D Activities of Multinational Companies

National Science Foundation, U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis link informational surveys for more complete picture of research and development activities

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The project matched records from NSF-Census and BEA surveys. Findings from the R&D Data Link Project showed that both U.S. multinational companies parent companies and U.S. affililates of foreign multinational companies devoted about three-fourths of their R&D expenditures to development activities.

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