WPTIP 1993-2017: a longitudinal analysis of issues, connections and impact of the discussion on technology and innovation policy at Oecd

DEMB Working Paper Series n.119

by Margherita Russo* and Pasquale Pavone**

* Dipartimento di Economia Marco Biagi and Centro di Analisi delle Politiche Pubbliche, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, margherita.russo@unimore.it

** Centro di Analisi delle Politiche Pubbliche, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy, pasquale.pavone@unimore.it



The occasion of the 50th plenary meeting of the OECD Working Party on Innovation and Technology Policy (TIP) is being taken to elaborate a reflexive analysis of the WPTIP activity to ground a discussion for future activities, particularly in view of the discussion of the next budget plan and for a future mandate after that of 2014-2019. This analysis aims at providing an overview of the  theories and analyses grounding the recommendations proposed by WPTIP on technology and innovation policy, in a period in which ‘innovation’ has become the catchword for any discussion on policies to support economic development and social inclusion. To place this analysis in a historical perspective, this paper adopts a systematic automatic text analysis to organize figures and facts over 25 years. The analysis considers text documents on WPTIP events (such as conferences, workshops, plenary meetings) and activities (such as reports on specific topics).

Keywords: analysis of innovation policy, Oecd, WPTIP, organizational issues, textual analysis, similarity analysis, IRaMuTeQ, Taltac2

JEL classification: 03, 038, Z13


This paper has been prepared for the discussion at the WPTIP Conference on “TIP@50: What have we learnt? Where is innovation policy heading?” (Paris, 11th December 2017), and the WPTIP workshop on methods and results of text analysis, to be held in Paris, back-to-back with the Oecd CSTP meeting, in March 2018.