Middle-income countries' growth is tied to investments in basic science, study says

07/31/2013 | SciDev.net

Researchers from the Center for Strategic Studies at Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela have found a correlation between the economic growth of middle-income countries and their productivity in basic scientific research. "The results of our paper demonstrate that the most important thing [for sustainable development] is to invest in basic sciences. Those who try to skip this step fail," said Klaus Jaffe, lead author of the paper published in PLoS One in June.

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