Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

Trade Scenario: Employment Implications in Europe of a Large Increase in Global Tariffs

Protectionism is on the rise. This scenario estimates the potential impact of a significant increase in tariffs in the world’s major trading blocs. The analysis is carried out using the E3ME macroeconometric model, which provides information on sectoral impacts, together with the Warwick Labour Market Extension model for occupational analysis. Further analysis of the employment …
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Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform

The World Bank has recently released the “Women, Business and the Law” report. Women, Business and the Law (WBL) measures gender inequality in the law. The dataset identifies barriers to women’s economic participation and encourages the reform of discriminatory laws. “Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform” introduces a new index measuring …
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Women’s Power in Politics

Ahead of the European elections, MEPs and national MPs will discuss women’s power in politics during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting today. MEPs and more than 20 MPs from 15 EU national parliaments and Norway will attend this meeting marking International Women’s Day (IWD). The topic chosen this year is at the heart of women’s rights …
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How’s Life in the Digital Age?

The OECD has recently published the report “How’s Life in the Digital Age? – Opportunities and Risks of the Digital Transformation for People’s Well-being“. This report documents how the ongoing digital transformation is affecting people’s lives across the 11 key dimensions that make up the How’s Life? Well-being Framework (Income and wealth, Jobs and earnings, …
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Income Redistribution Across OECD Countries: Main Findings and Policy Implications

Income inequality has increased in most OECD countries over the past two decades. This is both because market incomes (wages, dividends, interest income) have become more unequally distributed, and also because redistribution through taxes and transfers has fallen. New OECD work explores cross-country evidence on trends in income redistribution since the mid-1990s to shed some …
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UNCTAD: Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy 2018

UNCTAD has recently launched the report “Key Statistics and Trends in Trade Policy 2018: Trade Tensions, Implications for Developing Countries”. During the last decade international trade has been characterized by a progressive shift in the use of trade policy instruments. Despite the trade tensions that have characterised the last year, tariffs have remained substantially stable …
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Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060

The OECD has just published the following report: “Global Material Resources Outlook to 2060: Economic Drivers and Environmental Consequences“. This report presents global projections of materials use and their environmental consequences, providing a quantitative outlook to 2060 at the global, sectoral and regional levels for 61 different materials (biomass resources, fossil fuels, metals and non-metallic …
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Energy Scenario: Employment Implications of the Paris Climate Agreement

This report explores the potential employment and economic impacts of an EU transition to a low-carbon economy by 2030 – on the EU, and on other regions of the world. It analyses the impacts across sectors and occupations, with a particular focus on manufacturing. The report highlights that the impact of such a transition is …
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Age and Quality of Life: Who Are the Winners and Losers?

Much policy is developed and operationalised through the prism of age, and addressing differences in the economic and social circumstances of different age groups is an ongoing concern of policymakers. This policy brief, “Age and quality of life: Who are the winners and losers?“, looks at inequalities in the quality of life of Europeans across …
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A New Circular Vision for Electronics, Time for a Global Reboot

The World Economic Forum has just published the Report: “A New Circular Vision for Electronics, Time for a Global Reboot“, as part of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE). Rapid innovation and lowering costs have dramatically increased access to electronic products and digital technology, with many benefits. This has led to an increase …
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