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So, What Do You Contribute to the GDP?

British researchers have become worried about calls for their work to have an economic impact and say that it is difficult to know what basic research findings may lead to new technologies or otherwise have an impact on the economy, says Science Insider. A report from the U.K.'s Campaign for Science & Engineering and the Institute of Physics says that:

Some of the strategies to increase impact are based on the assumption that it is possible to predict impact by looking at measures of past performance or by hypothesising about the future. But there is little evidence underlying these assumptions and there are trade-offs and risks involved.

The campaign's director and report author, Hilary Leevers, also suggests that a Chief Scientific Adviser be appointed "to develop the evidence-base and lead a debate about the future direction of the government's economic impact agenda prior to the next spending review."