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[IWS] Eurostat: HIGH-TECH STATISTICS [12 February 2015]
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HIGH-TECH STATISTICS [12 February 2015]
Data from February 2015. Most recent data: Further Eurostat information, Main tables and Database.
This article analyses data on high-technology or 'high-tech' sectors in the European Union (EU) and in some EFTA and candidate countries. Creating, exploiting and commercialising new technologies is essential in the global race for competitiveness and high-tech sectors and enterprises are key drivers of economic growth,productivity, and generally a source of high value-added and well-paid employment.
High-tech is defined in Eurostat's statistics according to three different approaches:
§ the sector approach looks at the high-tech manufacturing sector, the medium high-tech manufacturing sector, and the high-tech knowledge-intensive service sector, focusing on employment and economic indicators;
§ the product approach considers whether a product is high-tech or not and examines trade in high-tech products;
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