Tax challenges, disruption and the digital economy

The digital economy is a transformative process, brought about by advances in information and communications technology (ICT) which has made technology cheaper and more powerful, changing business processes and bolstering innovation across all sectors of the economy, including traditional industries. Today, sectors as diverse as retail, media, manufacturing and agriculture are being impacted in some way by the rapid spread of digitalisation. In the broadcasting and media industry, for instance, the expanding role of data through user-generated content and social networking have enabled internet advertising to surpass television as the largest advertising medium.

Where cities can take Africa

Tangier in 2000 was a sleepy coastal city in the north of Morocco. Fifteen years later, Tangier’s population has exploded three-fol ...

Mayors must join forces to tackle climate change and rising inequalities simultaneously

Cities around the world are taking impressive initiatives to tackle climate change and reduce inequalities, but more can be achieved ...

From people to things: Building global connectivity

Connectivity is the foundation for the digital economy. The Internet has already connected more than three billion users across the globe and about 14 billion ...

Peter Georgescu: "Capitalists arise: Defining the problems and consequences of inequality"

Chairman Emeritus of Young & Rubicam Peter Georgescu visited the OECD on 3 May 2016. The author gave a talk on inequality ...

Measuring the economy in the age of digitalisation

Recent years have seen a rapid rise in digital transactions, notably through web-based “sharing economy” platforms that have bridge ...

Getting smart: Korea's creative economy

Since the 1970s, economic growth in Korea has largely been driven by big companies such as Samsung, Hyundai and LG. These so-called ...

Jobs in the digital era work differently

"We are the children of a technological age. We have found streamlined ...

SICPA: Building trust in global supply chains

Safe international trade is essential for the economic ...

The ascendancy of digital trade: A new world order?

We are so used to all things digital that we can sometimes lose sight ...

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar: "Ethics for a sustainable globalised economy"

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the founder of the Global Forum for Ethics in Business. He visited the OECD on 19 October 2016, giving a talk ...

We need to address the migration backlash

The public is losing faith in the capacity of governments to manage migration. Opinion polls in a wide range of countries suggest that ...

Refugees, facts and better policies

Over 65 million people, or one person in 113, were displaced from their homes by conflict or persecution in 2015. This troubling statistic ...

The climate challenge: Achieving zero emissions

I have come here today to talk about the ambition needed to tackle climate change and the policy tools that can get us there. As we approach the Conference ...

Big data, satellites and climate change

Meteorology was the first scientific discipline to use space capabilities in the 1960s, and today satellites provide observations of the state of the atmosphere ...

Naomi Klein: "This changes everything"

Canadian author, filmmaker and social activist Naomi Klein visited the OECD on 24 November 2015, giving a talk on why climate change changes everything. Par ...

Greening France

France has significantly improved its environmental performance over the past ten years, as evidenced by the signing of the Paris Agreement ...

The ocean's new frontier

Oceans hold the promise of immense resource wealth and great potential for boosting economic growth, employment and innovation. In the ...

Urban pollution: Clearing the air

Air pollution in African cities is a major health and environmental challenge that must become a focus of urban policies. 

Africapolis: Measuring urbanisation dynamics in West Africa

Africa is the least urbanised continent in the world but an urban transition is very much underway. This is particularly visible in West Africa where the ...

Africa’s urbanisation and structural transformation

We don’t know the name, or the place and exact date of birth, of the baby who changed world history. My guess is that she was born somewhere in Africa in  ...

Urban growth’s natural increase

Africa’s urban population growth rate was the world’s fastest at 4% between 1960 and 2010, and it is clear that urbanisation acro ...

The OECD: New wings or still the same old club?

The political landscape of global governance is changing profoundly. This is posing great challenges to policy makers and organisations such as the OECD.

A 21st century vision for urbanisation

If urbanisation is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century, with some 70% of the world’s population forecasted to live in cities b ...

Trento Centre continues forward

Since 1982 the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) has advised governments and local authorities on how ...

Road death challenge

Every year about 1.2 million people die in crashes on the world’s roads and many millions are seriously injured. This heavy toll come ...

Cloud computing

The diffusion of internet-based cloud computing among private companies has picked up over recent years, with higher uptake within large ...

China’s urban-rural divide

Income inequality between China’s rural and urban areas has surged in recent years. The per capita income of urban households in 201 ...


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