The town mouse vs the country mouse with OECD’s Joaquim Martins

After visiting his cousin in the city, Aesop’s country mouse concludes that “Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty”. Those who feel they have neither security nor sufficient means in places like Wales, Italy’s Mezzogiorno and France’s Diagonale du Vide beg to differ. Joaquim Oliveira Martins, deputy director of the OECD’s Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, says the answers to today’s populist angst lie in local strategies and coordination.

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