Where we stand

A key study shows that America is in danger of being overtaken by much of the rest of the world in its innovation efforts if public policy doesn't change fast in ways that support and encourage early-stage research.

The Atlantic Century II” report, released in July by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, measured 44 countries and regions on a range of factors — including corporate and government spending on research and development — to derive two rankings: where the country or region stands overall in its innovation environment and how much it has improved in the past 10 years.

The United States ranked well in comparison to other countries for its current innovation environment, but the study suggests that might not be the case for much longer.

Top 5 overall
1 Singapore
2 Finland
3 Sweden
4 United States
5 South Korea

Top 5 most improved
1 China
2 South Korea
3 Cyprus
4 Slovenia
5 Estonia
The United States was No. 43 out of 44.

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