This page has been archived and is no longer updated. We apologize for the inconvenience. To find similar material or an updated version of the page, please visit one the following resources:
Health Topics || Country Sites || News Releases || Our New Homepage

Esta página ha sido archivada y ya no es actualizada. Pedimos disculpas por la molestia. Para encontrar material similar o una versión actualizada de la página, visite uno de los siguientes recursos:
Temas de salud || Sitios de países || Comunicados de prensa || Nuestra nueva página de inicio

pdf  A Historical Review of Its Contributions to Health, Health Care, and Health Policies 1962-2008 (877.58 kB)

© PAHO 2010

A World Bank study published in 2005 evaluated the worldwide impact of innovation on long-term development between 1960 and 2000 using such measurements as patents, investment in research and development (R&D) and number of technical personnel (such as engineers and scientists) working in R&D. The findings suggest that innovation has a strong and positive effect on development in countries, and that there is a strong correlation between patenting activity and R&D efforts, therefore concluding that innovation should be placed at the top of the research agenda.