Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

Statutory Minimum Wages 2018

Increases to minimum wages have gathered pace since 2010, with the highest increases recorded in countries which had the lowest minimum wages. However, a large gap remains with minimum wage workers in Bulgaria, the country with the lowest statutory minimum wage, earning just one-eighth the salary of minimum wages workers in Luxembourg, which has the …
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Consumer Policy and the Smart Home

The “smart home” looks set to be the arena in which many people will utilise consumer-facing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for the first time. A new generation of familiar household devices and appliances (e.g. washing machines) are becoming “smart” through the addition of sensors, software and Internet connections. They are entering the home alongside …
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Digital Identity: On the Threshold of a Digital Identity Revolution

The World Economic Forum has just published the “Digital Identity: On the Threshold of a Digital Identity Revolution” paper. This paper explores current digital identity systems and the trends that will have a significant impact in the future. It examines how identity and authentication mechanisms for humans, devices/things, and legal entities can share common definitions …
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Salary-Setting Mechanisms Across the EU

Eurofound has a considerable body of research findings looking at how salary levels are set in EU Member States. “Salary-setting mechanisms across the EU” report by Barbara Gerstenberger looks at the mechanisms used to determine statutory minimum wages, the use of variable pay schemes in companies in the EU, and national systems of supplementary pay. …
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Women, Business and the Law 2018

The World Bank has recently released the “Women, Business and the Law” report. Women, Business and the Law (WBL) is a World Bank Group project collecting unique data on the laws and regulations that restrict women’s economic opportunities. Governments in 65 economies took steps to improve women’s economic inclusion, enacting 87 legal reforms in the …
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Fostering Effective Energy Transition

The first edition of the Fostering Effective Energy Transition report, prepared with analytical support from McKinsey & Company, is part of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Energy. The report Fostering Effective Energy Transition: A Fact-Based Framework to Support Decision-Making introduces the “Energy Transition Index”, which builds upon the previous …
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Gender equality in the EU’s digital and media sectors

Ahead of the international women’s day, check out the latest briefing by the European Parliament’s Research Service: “Gender equality in the EU’s digital and media sectors”. For this year’s International Women’s Day the European Parliament is stressing the importance of the role women play in media and ICT. The media and information and communication technology …
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Creative Disruption: The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Creative Economy

The World Economic Forum has recently published the “Creative Disruption: The impact of emerging technologies on the creative economy” paper, in collaboration with McKinsey & Company. Artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality and blockchain are changing the way the content is produced, distributed and consumed. The impacts are not just changing the creative economy, but society as …
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Value in Healthcare: Mobilizing Cooperation for Health System Transformation

The World Economic Forum has recently published the “Value in Healthcare: Mobilizing cooperation for health system transformation” report, in collaboration with The Boston Consulting Group. This report highlights three drivers of health system transformation: New models for multi-stakeholder cooperation: A pilot project on preventing heart failure with 40 healthcare stakeholders in Atlanta has united efforts …
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The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018

The World Bank has just has released the third volume on wealth accounting: “The Changing Wealth of Nations 2018: Building a Sustainable Future”. National income is underpinned by a country’s wealth–measured comprehensively to include all assets, produced capital, human capital, natural capital and net financial assets–and sustained economic growth over the long term requires investment …
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