The share of value added in research-intensive and knowledge-intensive sectors in a country reflects their economic importance and allows conclusions to be drawn about a country's technological performance.
This category illustrates the development of the share of value added in research-intensive industries1 and knowledge-intensive services2 in an international comparison. It also highlights Germany's position in world trade in research-intensive goods, which comprise high-value technology goods3 and cutting-edge technology goods4. Select an indicator to go to the interactive chart.
1 Industries where the ratio of expenditure on research and development (R&D) to turnover exceeds 2.5 percent are classified as research-intensive.
2 In knowledge-intensive services, the percentage of employees with university or university of applied sciences degrees is above average.
3 Cutting-edge technology comprises goods in the production of which more than 7 percent of turnover is spent on research and development on an annual average.
4 High technology or high-value technology comprises goods in the production of which more than 2.5 percent but less than 7 percent of turnover is spent on research and development on an annual average.