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Major Reforms Proposed to Improve Science Payoffs

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 163-164
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.163

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA-- The new government of President Kim Dae Jung has begun a comprehensive reform of science and technology policy aimed at creating what officials call a "technology-based advanced economy." The reforms are an effort to repair a system that, both scientists and government officials agree, suffers from bureaucratic infighting, a lack of incentives for quality research, and poor links between the academic and industrial sectors.