No more “9 to 5”

“Workin' 9 to 5; What a way to make a living”, Dolly Parton sang in her classic hit. The year was 1980, and Parton’s character in the eponymous film, 9 to 5, already pioneered numerous policies of the new world of work to come, such as flexible work hours and a job-sharing programme. Some of these changes have since become widespread in certain countries and industries. And they affect social protection policies, too, as the OECD report The Future of Social Protection: What Works for Non-standard Workers? shows.

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Cool generation

Climate change appears to be gathering pace, with the four years since 2015 being the hottest on record. Of course, 2015 was also ...

Tackle corruption to protect wildlife

Illegal wildlife trade is one of the most profitable forms of illicit trade worldwide, a multibillion-dollar international industry that has grown in sophistication, ...

From forestry and heavy industry to a vibrant knowledge-based economy

On a cold, dark Helsinki winter’s day in 2014, I was waiting for OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and my other colleagues in a black limousine in front of the ...

Who really pays for protectionism?

“Trade which, without force or constraint, is naturally and regularly carried on between any two places is always advantageous,” wrote Adam Smi ...

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 ...

Johnson & Johnson: Leading innovations for better health care

The OECD Health Ministerial Conference and ...

How responsible is H & M’s supply chain?

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

Jobs in the digital era work differently

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

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The secret to Finnish education: Trust

Finland has consistently been one of the most successful countries in global education rankings. For some, its name has become synonymous with educational excellence. ...

No longer burning down the house

In the early 1600s in North America, colonists ruined by a bad crop would often move on to new territory. In order to save on costs, they would burn down their ...

Cool generation

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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 ...

Protecting our water

The celebrated marine scientist Jacques Cousteau once said that “All life is part of a complex relationship in which each is dependen ...

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, ...

OECD Observer Roundtable on regional integration in Africa

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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 ...

It’s time to foster Africa’s science revolution

Accelerating the knowledge-led development of Africa through science driven policy and investments is important for boosting long-term ...

Cool generation

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Tackle corruption to protect wildlife

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What brings us together?

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Taxes for development

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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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Unemployment: 5.2% Dec 2018
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  • Globalisation’s many benefits have been unequally shared, and public policy has struggled to keep up with a rapidly-shifting world. The OECD is working alongside governments and international organisations to help improve and harness the gains while tackling the root causes of inequality, and ensuring a level playing field globally. Please watch.
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  • Trade is an important point of focus in today’s international economy. This video presents facts and statistics from OECD’s most recent publications on this topic.
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