Europe’s deflation risk

The OECD does not see deflation taking hold in the euro area, but the risk has risen.

Technology-powered trade: Energising sustainable development in international trade

In a recent article in the OECD Observer, Vézina and Melin describe how online platforms lower trade barriers and enable micro to small and medium-sized e ...

For a stronger investment treaties system

International investment treaties are in the spotlight as recent articles in the Financial ...

François Hollande returns to the OECD

French President François Hollande met the Heads of five international economic organisations at the OECD on Friday 17 October to discuss the c ...

Calculate this country’s GDP

How much of a country can you count? The newly updated Understandin ...

Freedom of choice, bitcoins and legal tender

This working paper argues that some of the technologies associated with crypto-currenci ...

News brief Q2 2014

Global economy faces slower future—

A slowdown in global economic growth and a continuing ris ...

A long-term view on inequality

For international Blog Action Day, which this year focussed on income inequality, Brian Keel ...

Teaching class

What teachers–and the rest of us–can learn from the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS).

Is there more to life than football?

“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death…
I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” This phrase by Bill Shankly, ...

There's no bailout option for the climate

Saving the Earth’s climate is sometimes compared to saving the world’s financial system following the crisis in 2007. But it’s not. The taxpayer saved ...

Japan’s radiant architecture

Japan’s development and influence have long been reflected in its architecture, and that influence is set to continue.

Whiter than white

OECD Observer No 299, Q2 2014

Eradicating Ebola is a political challenge too

This post is from Juana de Catheu, founder of Development Results and Donata Garrasi, Peace-building Adviser in the OECD Development Co-operati ...

Towards new global development goals

The vision of a world without extreme poverty is not a utopia, but a reachable goal. Yet realising the vision demands that we meet urgent challenges, and that ...

Development aid rises, but not for sub-Saharan Africa


Development aid rose by 6.1% in real terms in 2013 to reach the highest level ever recorded, despite continued pressure on budgets in OECD countries since ...

Governing the Internet

Rudolf van der Berg of the OECD writes about Internet governance.

Politics and the trust conundrum

There’s a very obvious remedy for governments that wish to restore the public’s trust: become transparent, honest and inclusive. This, however, is intrinsical ...

Towards a more agile public governance

Unique budgetary and demographic pressures, as well as the need to manage risk, will push Japan’s civil service to raise its game and adapt new ways in the year ...

Fuel for thought

A litre of diesel has around 10% more combustion energy than petrol, but produces roughly 18% more CO2 emissions. 

Who's smiling now?

Case studies of specific products, particularly in the electronics industry, show that value creation along a global value chain tends to be unevenly distributed ...

Does school pay?

People are by far the most important input when building quality education. So it is little surprise that teachers’ salaries represent the largest single cos ...


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