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Koen De Backer

Koen De Backer is a Senior Economist in the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry (STI). His work focuses on the links between globalisation and STI in a broad sense, and their direct effects on government policy: global value chains, trade in value added, R&D internationalization and open innovation. He holds a PhD from K U Leuven (Belgium) and a Master of Business Administration from K U Leuven/UCI(USA). Previously he held post-doctoral positions in Barcelona and Leuven, was professor at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School and acted as advisor to the Minister of Economic Affairs in Belgium (Flanders).

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Manufacturing Europe’s future

‘Manufacturing Europe’s future’ means getting the policies right for firms to grow and prosper. It is not about picking one sector over another, but primarily about setting the right framework conditions for growth, innovation and jobs.

By: Francesca Barbiero, Michael Blanga-Gubbay, Valeria Cipollone, Koen De Backer, Sébastien Miroudot, Alexandros Ragoussis, André Sapir, Reinhilde Veugelers, Erkki Vihriälä, Guntram B. Wolff and Georg Zachmann Topic: Digital economy and innovation, Green economy Date: October 1, 2013