Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

OECD Economic Outlook – June 2020

The OECD has recently published its latest Economic Outlook. According to the report, the Covid-19 pandemic has triggered the most severe recession in nearly a century and is causing enormous damage to people’s health, jobs and well-being. As restrictions begin to ease, the path to economic recovery remains highly uncertain and vulnerable to a second …
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Regulations to Address Work–life Balance in Digital Flexible Working Arrangements

Developments in information and communication technology (ICT) have been among the key drivers of change in working life over the past two decades. Specifically, telework and ICT-based mobile work (TICTM) exemplifies how digital technology has led to more flexible workplace and working time practices. However, the ability to work anywhere and at any time can …
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UNCTAD: World Investment Report 2020

Global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) will be under severe pressure this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These vital resources are expected to fall sharply from 2019 levels of $1.5 trillion, dropping well below the trough reached during the global financial crisis and undoing the already lackluster growth in international investment …
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COVID-19: Policy Responses Across Europe

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of individuals and societies, including on the economy and labour markets, is unprecedented. The impact of the global health emergency has placed a growing number of businesses under threat, putting the jobs of more and more workers at risk and impacting the livelihoods of many citizens. …
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Exploring Blockchain Technology for Government Transparency

The World Economic Forum has recently published: “Exploring Blockchain Technology for Government Transparency: Blockchain-Based Public Procurement to Reduce Corruption”. In partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Office of the Inspector General of Colombia (Procuraduría General de Colombia), the World Economic Forum has led a multistakeholder team to investigate, design and trial the …
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Social Dialogue and HR Practices in European Global Companies

This study examines the interaction between social dialogue practices and human resources management (HRM) policies in European multinational companies (MNCs). It looks at the changing role of HRM and its interaction with European Works Councils (EWCs), which can act as a link between different levels of social dialogue. Read the full Eurofound report: Social Dialogue …
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Living and Working in Europe 2019

Living and working in Europe, Eurofound’s 2019 yearbook, provides a snapshot of the latest developments in the work and lives of Europeans as explored in the Agency’s research activities over the course of 2019. The range of topics as a result is broad, from the growing diversity of employment across EU regions to rising trust …
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Global Economic Prospects, June 2020

The World Bank has just published the report “Global Economic Prospects, June 2020”. The COVID-19 pandemic has, with alarming speed, dealt a heavy blow to an already-weak global economy, which is expected to slide into its deepest recession since the second world war, despite unprecedented policy support. The global recession would be deeper if countries …
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Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets: ASEAN

The World Economic Forum’s Platform on Shaping the Future of Consumption in collaboration with Bain & Company has just published the report: Future of Consumption in Fast-Growth Consumer Markets: ASEAN. This report sheds light on one of the fastest-growing economic regions in the world – ASEAN. ASEAN is expected to become the world’s fourth-largest economy …
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The Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production

The World Economic Forum has just published the report: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production: Insights from the World Economic Forum’s Global Network of Advanced Manufacturing Hubs. While powerful megatrends like global trade tensions, climate change, new technology innovations, and the current COVID-19 crisis impact all parts of the …
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