This paper provides scientometricians with a brief overview of the history of economic statistics and its international standards. Part of the latter is the Frascati family of standards in science and technology input statistics. Some recommendations are given for improvements in these standards. Proposals are developed to relate research inputs as defined in the Frascati manual and bibliometrically measured outputs.
KeywordsScientometrics Input indicators Economic statistics National accounts Frascati
Formerly (1999–2008) at The Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as Director of Research and Science Policy. From 1983 to 1999 at Statistics Netherlands, as Chief of the National Accounts Research Unit, Head of the Departments of Labor and Education Statistics, and Director of Socio-Economic Statistics. I am grateful to Cathelijn Waaijer for comments on the manuscript.
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