[ExI] Italy's Social Capital

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Mon Jun 11 04:18:42 UTC 2007

Amara wrote

Sent: Friday, June 08, 2007 12:22 AM

> > We may be trying to talk about two different things: I'm
> > was talking mostly about the entire scientific/technical/
> > economic package (of which Silicon Valley is the world
> > pre-eminent example), and you may be talking about
> > pure science.
> I was, but they are strongly linked, and I implied the larger picture
> (perhaps not very well) in my writing.
> There is very little private industry for research in Italy. Fairly
> telling for the 5th largest economy in the world, no? Only two in the
> worlds top 100 businesses investing in R&D are Italian companies.

That's surprising---I didn't realize that Italy comprised one of the
world's largest economies.  

This lists it as 7th  (notice the huge drop off right after Italy):


And this lists it as sixth, along with the world's largest *corporations*
mentioned in the same list:


This historical ranking is interesting too:



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