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Innovation in Canadian Natural Resource Industries: A Systems-Based Analysis of Performance, Policy and Emerging Challenges

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  • Andrew Sharpe

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    Innovation is an important driver of productivity growth, which in turn is a major source of improvement in living standards. Given the growing importance of the natural resources sector in the Canadian economy, innovation in this sector is particularly relevant. This report, using a systems-of-innovation approach, analyzes the innovation performance of the Canadian natural resources sector by comparing it to that of the Canadian business sector as a whole. Among the many indicators discussed, the report looks at R&D expenditures, workers’ education and skills, machinery and equipment investment, and the use of information and communication technologies. The key conclusion of the report is that the overall innovation performance of the Canadian natural resources sector is strong and has improved in recent years. However, there is still room for improvement, especially in terms of R&D intensity and labour force skills.

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    Paper provided by Centre for the Study of Living Standards in its series CSLS Research Reports with number 2012-06.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2012
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    1. Yasuyuki Todo & Koji Miyamoto, 2006. "Knowledge Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment and the Role of Local R&D Activities: Evidence from Indonesia," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 55, pages 173-200.
    2. Lafrance, Amelie & Macdonald, Ryan & Gu, Wulong & Baldwin, John R., 2009. "Investment in Intangible Assets in Canada: R&D, Innovation, Brand, and Mining, Oil and Gas Exploration Expenditures," The Canadian Productivity Review 2009026e, Statistics Canada, Economic Analysis.
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