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Indicator NameHigh-technology exports (% of manufactured exports)
Long definitionHigh-technology exports are products with high R&D intensity, such as in aerospace, computers, pharmaceuticals, scientific instruments, and electrical machinery.
SourceUnited Nations, Comtrade database through the WITS platform.
TopicInfrastructure: Technology
Aggregation methodWeighted average
Limitations and exceptionsBecause industrial sectors specializing in a few high-technology products may also produce low-technology products, the product approach is more appropriate for international trade. The method takes only R&D intensity into account, but other characteristics of high technology are also important, such as knowhow, scientific personnel, and technology embodied in patents. Considering these characteristics would yield a different list (see Hatzichronoglou 1997).
License TypeCC BY-4.0