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Commerce Secretary Calls for Government, Private Sector and Academic Actions on Innovation Measurement
January 18, 2008
The Department of Commerce on January 18, announced sweeping steps for federal statistical agencies to gather data on one of the largest and most elusive drivers of the U.S. economy--innovation. Until now, few steps have been in place to allow the United States to measure how innovation impacts the economy--and therefore develop polices to foster it. The announced measures include comprehensive accounting of the effect of high-tech goods and services.
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