Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

The Future of the Last-Mile Ecosystem

Growing demand for e-commerce delivery will result in 36% more delivery vehicles in inner cities by 2030, leading to a rise in both emissions and traffic congestion without effective intervention. Without effective intervention, urban last-mile delivery emissions and traffic congestion are on track to increase by over 30% in the top 100 cities globally. The …
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Taking the Pulse of the New Economy: Chief Economists’ Outlook

The World Economic Forum has just published Taking the Pulse of the New Economy: Chief Economists’ Outlook. The new decade opens with a fragile growth outlook, social tensions over the evident polarization of economic outcomes and high levels of uncertainty. There are signs of policy agility and business reform that may lead to a different, …
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Casual Work: Characteristics and Implications

Casual work, both intermittent and on-call, contributes to labour market flexibility and is therefore increasingly used across Europe. In some countries, practices go beyond the use of casual employment contracts to include other types of contracts and forms of self-employment. While it offers some advantages for both employers and workers, it is often discussed by …
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The 2019 EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard

The 2019 edition of the EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard (the Scoreboard) comprises the 2500 companies investing the largest sums in R&D in the world in 2018/19. These companies, based in 44 countries, each invested over €30 million in R&D for a total of €823.4bn which is approximately 90% of the world’s business-funded R&D. They …
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The Global Gender Gap Report 2020

The World Economic Forum has just published The Global Gender Gap Report 2020. Gender parity is fundamental to whether and how economies and societies thrive. Ensuring the full development and appropriate deployment of half of the world’s total talent pool has a vast bearing on the growth, competitiveness and future-readiness of economies and businesses worldwide. …
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Labour Market Segmentation: Piloting New Empirical and Policy Analyses

This report sets out to describe what labour market segmentation is and why it is problematic for the labour market and society, as well as disadvantaged groups. It takes a broad view of the term to examine the situation that arises when the divergence in working conditions between different groups of workers is attributable to …
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Aligning Development Co-operation and Climate Action: The Only Way Forward

Climate change is altering the ecological and social systems that underpin human well-being and economic activity, and developing countries are particularly vulnerable to its impact on the growth and sustainable development prospects of every sector and community. Being part of the solution requires all providers of development co-operation to align their activities with the objectives …
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Pensions at a Glance 2019

The 2019 edition of Pensions at a Glance highlights the pension reforms undertaken by OECD countries over the last two years. Moreover, two special chapters focus on non-standard work and pensions in OECD countries, take stock of different approaches to organising pensions for non-standard workers in the OECD, discuss why non-standard work raises pension issues …
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Health at a Glance 2019

The OECD has recently published the report “Health at a Glance 2019.” Health at a Glance compares key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, candidate and partner countries. It highlights how countries differ in terms of  the health status and health-seeking behaviour of their citizens; access to and quality of …
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Global Financial Development Report 2019/2020

The World Bank has recently launched the Global Financial Development Report 2019/2020, entitled “Bank Regulation and Supervision a Decade after the Global Financial Crisis.” Over a decade has passed since the collapse of the U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers marked the onset of the largest global economic crisis since the Great Depression. The crisis revealed …
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