COP21: Towards a universal agreement on climate change

Water can be the source of a brighter future

Water, like air and food, is our life support. It covers about 70% of the surface of our planet. But only 2.5% of it is fresh water, the rest being ocean, with ...

Abenomics’ "third arrow" key to revitalising Japan’s economy

Productivity increases can unlock growth in Japan, the latest OECD economic survey reports.

The opportunities and challenges of greener growth: Getting the whole policy package right

Climate change and, more generally, environmental damage have quantifiable economic and health costs, which weigh on long-term growth and well-being. If left ...

Economics for all

What if economics were within everyone’s grasp? Although you may feel that discussing Greece’s debt sustainability or Europe’s ageing problem is beyond your capabiliti ...

Deflation watch

In October 2014 we wrote that deflationary risks had risen in the euro area and warned of the dangers deflation poses for the economy. Where do we stand now? ...

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 ...

China and the OECD celebrate 20 years of co-operation; Global Ireland; Presidential visit; Coffees and conversation

"China knows how to grow at a blistering pace," OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in launching the latest Economic Survey of China on 20 March. ...

News brief April 2015

Global recovery accelerates; Early gender gaps; Soundbites; Economy; Country roundup; Greek prime minister at the OECD; Tax evasion progress; Mental health advice; ...

Upcoming events

Highlights this week: Expo Milano 2015 gets under way next Friday; The China International Urbanisation Forum is still under way until Wednesday; and Sunday 3 ...

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, ...

Digital learning in schools

Schools are places of learning and producing the innovators of tomorrow. But did you know that in most OECD countries, schools lag behind workplaces and homes ...

Happiness at work

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

Bacteria to the rescue

Did you know that life on earth would not be possible without micro-organisms?

Boyan Slat: "How the oceans can clean themselves"

How can we rid the oceans of plastic refuse, which is damaging our planet? Young entrepreneur Boyan Slat may have a solution. He came to discuss his ideas with ...

Ripples from the water-energy-food nexus

In Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity, Timothy Mitchell tells how in 1942, an epidemic of gambiae malaria in Egypt was caused by a perfec ...

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 ...

Water: Unclogging the finance

How to improve water systems is one challenge; financing them is another. Public authorities in most countries play the main role in implementing and funding ...

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.

Water governance at stake

Investing in infrastructure for water is important, but how we govern water is more critical than ever. 

Main economic indicators April 2015

Click here for the latest economic indicators by country. 

Doctors at large

People in the OECD area are living longer and healthier lives. Improved lifestyles are one reason, as are better medical treatments. But could the number of doctors ...

Pay gap

Unequal pay between men and women continues to pose problems, despite decades of legislation by governments to address it, like the Equal Pay Act in the United ...

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Economic data

GDP : +0.5%, Q4 2014
Employment rate: 65.9%, Q4 2014
Annual inflation : 0.57% Feb 2015
Trade : -3.0% exp, -3.7 imp, Q4 2014
Unemployment : 7.022% Feb 2015
More moderate expansion ahead? Composite leading indicators
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