Category Archives: Economics & Statistics

Health in the 21st Century

The OECD has recently published the report “Health in the 21st Century: Putting Data to Work for Stronger Health Systems.” This report explores how data and digital technology can help achieve policy objectives and drive positive transformation in the health sector while managing new risks such as privacy, equity and implementation costs. It examines the …
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Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020

The ILO has published the report “Global Employment Trends for Youth 2020: Technology and the future of jobs.” Incorporating the most recent labour market information available, Global Employment Trends for Youth sets out the youth labour market situation around the world. It shows where progress has or has not been made, updates world and regional …
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How’s Life? 2020

The OECD has just published the report “How’s Life? – Measuring well-being”. How’s Life? charts whether life is getting better for people in 37 OECD countries and 4 partner countries. This fifth edition presents the latest evidence from an updated set of over 80 indicators, covering current well-being outcomes, inequalities, and resources for future well-being. …
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OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2020

The OECD has just released the “Tourism Trends and Policies” report. The 2020 edition analyses tourism performance and policy trends across 51 OECD countries and partner economies. It highlights the need for coherent and comprehensive approaches to tourism policy making, and the significance of the tourism economy, with data covering domestic, inbound and outbound tourism, …
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OECD Gender Initiative

To mark International Women’s Day we recommend the OECD Gender Equality website. Created by the OECD Gender Initiative, the website examines existing barriers to gender equality in education, employment, and entrepreneurship. This website monitors the progress made by governments to promote gender equality in both OECD and non-OECD countries and provides good practices based on …
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Last Interim OECD Economic Outlook – Coronavirus: the World Economy at Risk

The coronavirus presents the global economy with its greatest danger since the financial crisis, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Outlook. Growth was weak but stabilising until the coronavirus Covid-19 hit. Restrictions on movement of people, goods and services, and containment measures such as factory closures have cut manufacturing and domestic demand sharply in …
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Corporate Bond Market Trends, Emerging Risks and Monetary Policy

After a return to more expansionary monetary policies in early 2019, the world’s non-financial corporations borrowed an additional USD 2.1 trillion in the form of corporate bonds. In real terms, this is equivalent to the amount borrowed in the previous record year 2016 and represents a clear reversal of the decrease in corporate bond issuance …
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The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces

The World Bank has recently published “The Hidden Wealth of Cities: Creating, Financing, and Managing Public Spaces”. In every city, the urban spaces that form the public realm—ranging from city streets, neighborhood squares, and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets—account for about one-third of the city’s total land area, on average. Despite …
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UNCTAD: World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020

UNCTAD has recently launched the report “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020”. The global economy has suffered a significant slowdown amid prolonged trade disputes and wide-ranging policy uncertainties. While a slight uptick in economic activity is forecast for 2020, the World Economic Situation and Prospects 2020 warns that economic risks remain strongly tilted to the …
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What Makes Capital Cities the Best Places to Live?

Quality of life data show that in most countries, the capital city has advantages compared to the regions outside the capital. In light of the continued growth of capital city populations and the concentration of resources within them, this policy brief explores the source of the advantages of capital cities in quality of life. Are …
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