The Productivity Commission’s draft report on Public Support for Science and Innovation is out (click here). It is a Stern-sized document of 700 odd pages and my quick read is that it is holding the current policy line with some tweaks. There appears to have been a lot of acknowledgement to my work and that of Richard Hayes on measurement and econometrics (click here for earlier posts) and also my criticism of their earlier econometric analysis. So I can’t complain about that.
However, I have a feeling that there will be much disappointment in scientific circles that little exciting or new has been proposed. The usual course is that draft reports do this before political realities hose them down for final ones. But at least they stimulate debate.
As I read it, I will likely post some more.