Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Ceisteanna (242)

Maurice Quinlivan

Ceist:

242. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the gross expenditure on research and development as a percentage of GDP and GNI; the average gross expenditure as a percentage of GDP of EU-15 countries, EU-27 countries and OECD countries in tabular form. [11852/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

International comparisons for Gross Expenditure on R&D (GERD) as a percentage of GDP are available for 2016 (latest data). Table 1 shows Civil GERD (excluding military expenditure) as a percentage of GDP for EU and OECD countries and of GNP and GNI* for Ireland in 2016. Ireland's Civil GERD as a percentage of GDP was 1.18 and as a percentage of GNP and GNI* was 1.46 and 1.84 respectively. This compares to an EU 28 country average of 1.93, an EU 15 country average of 2.06 and an OECD country average of 2.24 as a percentage of GDP. More information can be found in the R&D Budget 2017-2018 at the following link:

https://dbei.gov.ie/en/Publications/The-R-D-Budget-2017-2018.html

In particular, Figure 16 on page 31 of the R&D Budget shows Civil GERD as a percentage of GDP for all OECD countries for which data is available. Ireland's Civil GERD as a percentage of GNP and GNI* is included for comparison.

Table 1: Civil GERD by country/region as percentage of GDP and of GNP and GNI* for Ireland, 2016

Country/Region

%

OECD Countries

2.24

EU (15 countries)

2.06

EU (28 countries)

1.93

Ireland GNI*

1.84

Ireland GNP

1.46

Ireland GDP

1.18