Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2018

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2018 to: William D. Nordhaus (Yale University, New Haven, USA) “for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis” and Paul M. Romer (NYU Stern School of Business, New York, USA) “for integrating technological …
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Women in Management: Underrepresented and Overstretched?

Despite years of gender equality legislation, men outnumber women in management positions by two to one. While structural barriers continue to impede women’s career advancement, women themselves may be deterred from becoming managers if they perceive that it would have a negative impact on their working and personal lives. What is the experience of women …
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What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050

The World Bank has recently published the report “What a Waste 2.0: A Global Snapshot of Solid Waste Management to 2050”. By 2050, the world is expected to generate 3.40 billion tonnes of waste annually, increasing drastically from today’s 2.01 billion tonnes. “What a Waste” presents national and urban waste management data from around the …
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Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The world is urbanizing and the Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming life at an unprecedented rate. Cities must be “agile” – able to move quickly and easily – to enable their citizens to thrive. “Agile Cities: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” unpacks the concept of agility and introduces guidelines for measuring agility in key …
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The Digital Enterprise: Moving from Experimentation to Transformation

While enormous resources are being spent on digital transformation programs by the private sector, the results are underwhelming. According to estimates, this year over $1.2 trillion will be spent by companies worldwide on their digital transformation efforts and yet analysis suggests that only 1% of these efforts will actually achieve or exceed their expectations. “The …
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Critical Connections: Promoting Economic Growth and Resilience in Europe and Central Asia

The World Bank has recently published the report “Critical Connections: Promoting Economic Growth and Resilience in Europe and Central Asia”. The report examines how trade, investment, migration, and other linkages among countries drive economic growth in the Europe and Central Asia region. The study breaks new ground by using a multidimensional approach that recognizes how …
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Building Block(chain)s for a Better Planet

This World Economic Forum report outlines how blockchain could disrupt the way the world manages environmental resources and help drive sustainable growth and value creation. It identifies more than 65 use-cases where blockchain can be applied to the world’s most-pressing environmental systems challenges, along with eight ‘game changers’ where the technology could fundamentally disrupt current …
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New Tasks in Old Jobs: Drivers of Change and Implications for Job Quality

The overview report “New tasks in old jobs: Drivers of change and implications for job quality” summarises the findings of 20 case studies looking at recent changes in the task content of five manufacturing occupations (car assemblers, meat processing workers, hand-packers, chemical products plant and machine operators and inspection engineers) as a result of factors …
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OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2018

The OECD has just released the “Business and Finance Outlook”. The OECD Business and Finance Outlook is an annual publication that presents unique data and analysis on the trends, both positive and negative, that are shaping tomorrow’s world of business, finance and investment. Using analysis from a wide range of perspectives, this year’s edition addresses …
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Arab World Competitiveness Report 2018

The Arab World is at a critical juncture. Ambitious economic and social reforms bring great economic promise to the region and at the same time we continue to see fragility and persisting inequalities that can potentially erode social cohesion. The “Arab World Competitiveness Report 2018“, which is the result of a long-standing collaboration between the …
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