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Submission — VALGEN

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Submitter(s): Phillips, Peter W.B.

Summary: Science and technology led innovation is often posited as the driving force behind 21st century economies. Canada differs from many other OECD countries in that government (especially the federal government) is a relatively large investor and funder in science and technology, investing heavily in basic and early applied research (either through grants and funding for post-secondary education and research, for infrastructure projects, through special operating agencies such as Genome Canada, through intramural research and to firms through tax expenditures). In spite of the investments, Canada has, compared to other OECD countries, poor productivity growth. Answers to this mysterious gap between inputs and outputs may be found in the theoretical foundations, the practical implementation and the conceptual framing of the government's science and innovation policy.

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