OECD Observer Roundtable on culture and local development

As part of an OECD Obsever Roundtable we invited a range of representatives, speakers of the OECD Conference on Culture and Local Development (Venice, Italy, 6-7 December 2018), to answer the following question: What government policies would you encourage most to ensure that cultural initiatives can promote economic development, social inclusion and well-being in our cities and regions?

Taxes for development

“Money makes the world go round.” So goes the line in the musical, Cabaret. But probably not even lyricist Fred Ebb, w ...

Africapolis: Visualise urbanisation in Africa

Africa is projected to have the fastest urban growth rate in the world–by 2050, Africa’s cities will be home to an additional 950 million people. 

Our resilience needs to take root and blossom

In the garden of the OECD headquarters in Paris, a cherry tree was planted in the autumn of 2014 by a group of Japanese high school ...

Better security, better jobs

Korea has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world. Of developed economies, it also spends among the least money on employment insurance ...

Bubbles in our future? Certainly!

Have we learned the lessons of the 2008 crisis? Could a new bubble form and burst? This chapter from Donald Johnston’s 2017 book, Missing the Tide: Globa ...

OECD Observer Roundtable on local firms and automation

Roughly 14% of jobs in OECD countries are highly automatable, while another 32% will be transformed by automation. By 2019, it is estimated that 1.4 million new ...

How responsible is H & M’s supply chain?

When an 8-storey building in Rana Plaza in Bangladesh crumbled in 2013, over a thousand ...

We can all be innovators in ageing

Our ability to live longer, healthier and more productive lives is one of our greatest accomplishments. ...

An interview with Gérard Friedlander, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Université Paris Descartes

The Faculty of Medicine at the Université Paris Descartes is one of the leading medical teaching c ...

OECD Observer Roundtable on culture and local development

As part of an OECD Obsever Roundtable we invited a range of representatives, speakers of the OEC ...

Dealing with dementia

In her Oscar-winning performance as the main character of the 2014 film Still Alice, actress Julianne Moore played a linguistics ...

Sharing and caring for French

The Francosphere is the fastest growing language zone in the world, with over one billion people expected to be living in French-speaking countries by 2065, second ...

Small islands, big threats

Last year, actor Sean Penn called on world leaders to help Haiti deal with the "looming existential threat" of climate change. 

Bioeconomy 101: Making rubber tyres from dandelions

Moving beyond a petroleum-based economy is not just about choosing alternative sources of energy. It is about rethinking almost everything around us. The fleece ...

The long flight towards clean aviation

The Paris climate summit in November 2015 was a great diplomatic success but aviation, like shipping, was not included in the final ...

Data vs deforestation: A breakthrough in supply-chain transparency

We are eating our way through tropical forests. Whether it’s a cappuccino for breakfast, a burger for lunch or a chocolate bar a ...

Time to rethink plastic recycling

Less than a fifth of plastic waste is recycled, with the rest being landfilled, burned or polluting our environment. Sorting and processing plastic waste is expensive, ...

“Oceanfills”: Yet another dumping ground

The world’s oceans are being damaged by a constant and unprecedented accumulation of waste known as marine debris. The waste, mostly from effluen ...

Taxes for development

“Money makes the world go round.” So goes the line in the musical, Cabaret. But probably not even lyricist Fred Ebb, w ...

OECD Observer Roundtable on regional integration in Africa

What policy initiatives would you prioritise to promote regional integration in Africa and what international co-operation initiatives would you encourage ...

Africa: A continent of opportunity

I am delighted to open the 18th International Economic Forum on Africa. What we will be focusing on is precisely how we can design the policies ...

Taxes for development

“Money makes the world go round.” So goes the line in the musical, Cabaret. But probably not even lyricist Fred Ebb, w ...

The Paris Peace Forum: A timely opportunity to stand for peace

When the First World War ended a hundred years ago in November 1918, more than a generation would pass before the world order regained ...

Data vs deforestation: A breakthrough in supply-chain transparency

We are eating our way through tropical forests. Whether it’s a cappuccino for breakfast, a burger for lunch or a chocolate bar a ...

Taxes for development

“Money makes the world go round.” So goes the line in the musical, Cabaret. But probably not even lyricist Fred Ebb, w ...

Corruption on show

One of the most popular Netflix series in Brazil right now is The Mechanism. Loosely based on real events, the show is about an ongoing investigation ...

Don’t give up

The deep recession of 2007-08 hit young people hard, but it hit foreign-born youth even harder. While 13.9% native-born 15 to 29-year-olds in OECD countries were ...


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