Research reconfirms that science investment promotes growth

2 May 2014

New and independent research has reconfirmed and quantified some of the economic and societal benefits of public investment in scientific research

Research reconfirms that science investment promotes growth

The Economic Significance of the UK Science Base, written for the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE), and funded by the IOP and five other partner societies, looks in detail at the relationship between public funding of science and engineering and economic activity.

It finds that public investment in scientific research leads to economic growth through an increase in private sector productivity, and creates beneficial economic and societal impacts through increased interaction between the academic and private sectors.

The report says that for every £1 spent by the government on R&D, private sector R&D output rises by 20p per year in perpetuity, by raising the level of the UK knowledge base.

The report was written by Prof. Jonathan Haskel of Imperial College Business School, and Prof. Alan Hughes and Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau, both of the University of Cambridge.

The full report, and a briefing note that accompanies it, can both be downloaded from CaSE here