International innovation index : The International Innovation Index is a global index measuring the level of innovation of a country, produced jointly by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and The Manufacturing Institute (MI), the NAM's nonpartisan research affiliate. NAM describes it as the "largest and most comprehensive global index of its kind".

Global innovation index: The Global Innovation Index is an annual ranking of countries by their capacity for, and success in, innovation, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization. It was started in 2007 by INSEAD and World Business, a British magazine. Until 2021 it was published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, in partnership with Cornell University, INSEAD, and other organisations and institutions. It is based on both subjective and objective data derived from several sources, including the International Telecommunication Union, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum

If we see , the trend is that Asian countries are lower on Global innovation index but higher on international innovation index, why is that?

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    It most likely depends on what is being measured. To answer this someone will have to dig deep (deeper than wikipedia does) into the methodology of both ranking systems. Sometimes you see articles in some of the more comprehensive press coverage pull apart and contrast different rankings. If someone has seen one re those 2 they can cite it. Or maybe someone is an expert, but otherwise a good start would be to read the intro on each site - globalinnovationindex.org/Home - and see what they (not wiki) has to say about their methodology. Nov 23 at 22:01
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    The indexes are from different years (2009 vs 2022) and they have been published by different organizations, so they have been computed by using different methods. So this comparison is apples and oranges and is likely to invite opinionated, rather than informed, answers.
    – wrod
    Nov 24 at 4:08
  • It's different indices which just have a name in common. Why should they give exactly the same result? Maybe start by asking how they are measured. On the other hand an informed and should easily be possible here.
    – Trilarion
    Nov 24 at 10:35
  • FWIW, the "international" index is specifically manufacturing related (look at its description). It stands to reason that assessing Asian countries, which have a lot of outsourced manufacturing going on in them, will show innovation in the field of manufacturing (ex: Japan has been extremely innovative). A broader index might however look at research, patents and say science prizes and may not care as much about manufacturing. This Q has its issues, but to some extent wikipedia has a questionable entry for International. And... sometimes one needs to dig beyond wikipedia. Nov 25 at 1:31


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