Forging a gender-balanced economy

“I am only a woman!” declares Sybylla Melvyn with deliberate irony, in the Australian classic novel, My Brilliant Career. When Miles Franklin wrote the novel in 1901, aged just 19, she was embarking on her own career path, and though successful, like Sybylla, she encountered many social, economic and cultural hurdles along the way.

G20: Global recovery in progress, but growth uneven

A global recovery is in progress, but growth is uneven, while emerging markets slow down, G20 finance ministers and central bank governors said after their meeting ...

Yanis Varoufakis: "There is no such thing as a debt crisis"

"There is no such thing as a debt crisis: The Euro Crisis, Asia's Woes and America's Dilemma in a Global Context". This was the title of a presentation given by economi ...

Measuring government impact in a social media world

There is hardly a government around the world that has not yet felt the impact of social media on how it communicates and engages with citizens.

Is inequality good or bad for growth?

If you’ve been following the income inequality debate, you’ll know there’s been much discussion on the question in the headline above. Until just a few ye ...

Mariana Mazzucato: "The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths"

Innovation economist Mariana Mazzucato presented her book "The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths", at ...

Jean Tirole: An appreciation

“What an amazing week. … I’m doing my best to come back down to earth and get back to work.” And so it was, in less than 140 characters that Frenchman Jean Ti ...

A costly gender gap

Everyone needs to be sufficiently financially literate to take informed decisions for themselves and their families as to their savings, investments, pensions ...

Wanted: Women scientists

It is a century since Marie Curie won two Nobel prizes, one for physics and the other for chemistry. How can more women be encouraged to work in science?

Closing the gender gap can boost the economy

Reconciling work and family commitments is a challenge in every country, but particularly for Japanese men and women. Much more so than in most other OECD countries, ...

Is long-term earnings inequality growing? Evidence from German baby-boomers and their parents

Compared to their parents, German baby-boomers are substantially more unequal in terms of long-term earnings, are subject to a much stronger pay uncertainty, ...

Happiness at work

The Spinoza Factory, together with Campagne Première Productions, have organised the Happiness at work days 

Over 1.1 billion tourists traveled abroad in 2014

In a time of economic turmoil, global tourism is still faring well: over 1.1 billion tourists traveled abroad in 2014, according to the World Tourism Organization ...

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.

Environmental policies don’t have to hurt productivity

As environmental pressures continue to rise, governments, just as businesses, have not been sitting back. If anything, the stringency of policy measures in the ...

If the tortoise can do it, anyone can: greening household behaviour

Please join me in an ode to the giant tortoise, recently confirmed to be back from near extinction on the Galapagos Espanola Island after conservation work th ...

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 ...

Philanthropy, digital payments and financial inclusion

Access to financing can contribute to inclusive social and economic development. How might digital transactions help? Here’s how.

A big year for development

This will be “the mother of all years for summits on international development,” says Kevin Watkins*, Executive Director of the UK’s Overseas Development Insti ...

Lobbying: an opaque activity of dubious integrity?

On receiving my copy of Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3, I rushed straight to Chapter 15, History ...

Mapping global risks in 2015

What are the main threats to the world’s stability in the 10 coming years? Geopolitical risks as well as a water crisis have become a bigger threat than an economi ...

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 Q4 2014

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A measure of recovery

The GDP growth story over the past year or two has been one of diverging trends, with relative buoyancy returning to economies such as Sweden, the UK and the ...

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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