World economy: Stronger policy response needed, says OECD chief economist

The world economy remains stuck in low gear, and a "stronger policy response" is needed, particularly to boost demand in the euro area, OECD Chief Economist Catherine L. Mann said today, 25 November.

What an inclusive recovery needs is more, and better, jobs

Time progresses inexorably. Six years have already elapsed since the onset of the global financial crisis, and employment in many countries is still far below ...

Australia and the OECD: Argument, persuasion and accession

Australia is not a founding member of the OECD, which was created in 1961. Rather, its decision to seek membership was only taken after ten years of intermittent ...

News brief Q3 2014

Information exchange against tax evasion endorsed; The good old days; Economy; Soundbites; Country roundup; Regional inequality widens; Company cars exhaust taxes; ...

Fairer taxation for trust: the time is now!

Overhauling the global tax system and its practices is fundamental if we are to deliver stronger, cleaner and fairer growth for a post-Crisis world. Th ...

Raising global growth: Why the G20 is “going structural”

G20 countries are taking action to lift growth in the world economy. Will their commitments be enough?

Australia’s economy

The Australian economy has been one of the OECD’s best performing economies, though it now faces some major challenges.

Better policies for better lives – this time, in your region

Fostering well-being at the local level is a way to build stronger and more sustainable communities. The OECD Regional Well-Being framework provides a tool ...

G20 should fix the world’s economy for the working people!

As G20 leaders look distraught at a global economy that is faced with weak growth, high unemployment and rising income inequality, they should repeat to themselves ...

The gender gap

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The Ripple Effect: Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Studies estimating that the global demand for water, energy, and food will increase by 55%, 80%, and 60% respectively by 2050.

Ebola watch

A new webpage has been opened to help understand and monitor progress in addressing the Ebola virus outbreak which has struck western Africa and preoccupied global ...

Economics and policies for biodiversity

Biodiversity is fundamental to sustaining life, providing critical ecosystem services, such as food security, water purification, nutrient cycling, and ...

Yes, they do know it's Christmas, , but it's Ebola they're worried about

Would you like to smell like Zinedine Zidane? A few years ago, a French perfume maker thought many of us would, and paid the football star to sell its manly ...

Fukushima’s lessons in recovery

Eight giant balloons from Japan floated in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower on the weekend of 30 August, a reminder of one of the worst natural disasters of recent ...

How world trade can spur a recovery

A little over a year ago the OECD and the World Trade Organization (WTO) launched Trade in Value-Added (TiVA), a new database on trade measured in value-added ...

G20 should fix the world’s economy for the working people!

As G20 leaders look distraught at a global economy that is faced with weak growth, high unemployment and rising income inequality, they should repeat to themselves ...

Business and the G20: Momentum for reform must be a priority

BIAC has been advising the OECD for over 50 years on policies that should lead to private sector-led growth, and has been actively involved in the B8 and B20 ...

Combating BEPS and making sure we have fair tax systems: An OECD/G20 venture

In September the OECD presented its first package of recommendations to the G20 for an international approach to stopping artificial tax base erosion and profit ...

Main economic indicators Q3 2014

Click here for the latest economic indicators by country.

Fuel for thought

A litre of diesel has around 10% more combustion energy than petrol, but produces roughly 18% more CO2 emissions. 

Productivity’s wave goodbye?

Did you know that the pace of productivity growth is slowing sharply across the OECD area? Moreover, the trend has continued downward since the early 2000s after ...


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