Click here for THE homepageBy Paul Jump. Research gains in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea are not necessarily in their strongest suits, finds Thomson Reuters.
Soaring research spending, output and innovation in several of the so-called Brick countries does not always capitalise on those nations' strongest areas of research, a report suggests.
The report, Building Bricks: Exploring the Global Research and Innovation Impact of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Korea, published last week by Thomson Reuters, details sharp rises in spending on research and development in the giant emerging economies.
China, for instance, has nearly tripled its research spending as a proportion of gross domestic product since 1996 even as its GDP was growing rapidly. Similarly, South Korea is currently investing a higher proportion of its GDP in R&D than is Germany. Read more...