The recession in Ireland was long and deep, but has been followed by a marked recovery. Why is the expansion in Ireland so strong?
In 2015, more than 1 million people crossed the Mediterranean Sea to look for international protection in Europe, and about 1.5 million claimed asylum in OECD ...
The recovery in the Irish economy is well underway. Determined policy responses to the fiscal, economic and financial sector challenges Ireland faced are now ...
Could central bank policy be making the economy more vulnerable? A fundamental rethink is in order if worse outcomes are to be avoided.
For all the signs of improving labour market conditions in many OECD countries, there is still a substantial way to go to close the jobs gap caused by the Great ...
The economic and financial crisis has posed a stern test of many countries, though in Ireland, which enjoyed a boom for over a decade, the challenge was particularly ...
Even in today’s “weightless” global economy, location has solid value. After all, it is no coincidence that Silicon Docks, the nickname of Dublin’s high- ...
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"European leaders must stand before history in dealing with this humanitarian tragedy. They have the experience and the capacity to respond to this emergency ...
The writer James Joyce was unique in many ways, but when he left Ireland in 1904, he was joining a tradition of expatriate Irish writers. Difficulty publishing ...
Currently exhibiting at the OECD, the work of photojournalist Anne A.R. on Syrian refugees in Greece “I am with them” is a testimo ...
New innovative firms are needed to help step up the fight against climate change. That means new policies to encourage business dynamism, not least in the energy ...
World leaders attending the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris know they have a rare opportunity to forge a new international agreement to combat ...
Is replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources such as solar and wind really feasible? A lot has to happen first, including a change in how we use energy.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions worldwide have been trending upwards for decades. A small group of large countries is responsible for the lion’s shar ...
How will workers’ current skills match new requirements for labour in a green economy? So far, few countries have put in place real plans to address this question ...
Freshwater is essential for life, yet makes up only a tiny fraction of all water on earth. In many areas, especially arid and dry regions, underground aquifers ...
There are many countries emerging from conflict. Why care about Mali?
The UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris in November-December is the final crucial step in a year which has set forth several global milestones towards shaping ...
The adoption of the post-2015 Agenda for Development at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in New York 25-27 September will be an important driver of the OECD’ ...
A growing economy means increased need for office space, housing and infrastructure. Can Ireland meet that demand?
With internet and technology use constantly expanding, data abound. So many data are collected and stored every day that we are seeing new jobs and entire sectors ...
Becoming an entrepreneur has become increasingly popular since the economic meltdown of 2008, not least in Europe.
In tackling climate change, it makes sense for policymakers to know which sectors greenhouse-gas emissions are coming from. Our chart shows the main sources for ...
Publishing, telecommunications, the audiovisual industry and broadcasting taken together are an important source of value-added growth in OECD countries despite ...
A decade or so ago e-commerce was a buzzword, but today it has become a routine part of life. Or has it? About half of individuals in OECD countries bought products ...
A recent OECD report finds that the tax burden in the US is slightly lower than the average of member states, and that corporate income taxes are significantly lower. Read the full analysis from Forbes' Aparna Mathur here.
With Ireland as the chair of an OECD ministerial meeting for the first time in two decades, Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton proudly shared a few of the nation's key successes at the first reunion of ministers of 2016 aimed at "Building more resilient and Inclusive Labour Markets". Read the article from The Irish Times here.
The OECD's newest Economic Outlook report foresees gradual economic improvement through the coming year in the previously booming economies of China and Brazil, while the forecast for the US, the UK, and Russia is less optimistic. India, on the other hand, is expected to experience significantly accelerated growth. Read the article by Economy Watch here.
CCTV News interview with Secretary-General Angel Gurria at COP21. Watch here.
This week over a million students around the world will participate in the Hour of Code, an annual event designed to excite interest in computer science and computer programming. Read the World Bank EduTech blog post here.
Want to read about stories of climate change, adaptation and resilience from Mongolia, Egypt, the Pacific islands and more? Check out an interactive map of UNDP projects here.
Recent reforms have made pension systems more financially sustainable and pensioners have higher living standards than ever before. But future generations are likely to find their pension entitlements much less generous than today’s and many may face a serious risk of pensioner poverty, according to a new OECD report. Read more about Pensions at a Glance 2015 at http://oe.cd/pag.
East African solar plant is completed in less than a year–creating jobs and setting the country on the path to providing half its population with electricity by 2017. Read about it on The Guardian.
The world economy next year is shaping up to be stronger than in 2015 and roughly in line with long-term growth averages, according to the IMF and economists surveyed by Bloomberg. See what they predict for the year ahead.
From the New York Times: For years, scientists have studied the impact of the planet’s warming on the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. But while researchers have satellite images to track the icebergs that break off, and have created models to simulate the thawing, they have little on-the-ground information. Read here.
Economists have groped for reasons to explain why growth in the US and abroad has repeatedly disappointed, citing everything from fiscal austerity to the euro meltdown. They are now coming to realise that one of the stiffest headwinds is also one of the hardest to overcome: demographics. Read full story on The Wall Street Journal.
Can you name a principal contributor to global warming? Do you know Tolstoy's first name? Try our latest OECD Observer crossword. It’s full of fun facts, simplex in style, and gives you the solution at the tip of a button. You can time yourself too.
Millions of refugees have been condemned to a life of misery in the worst displacement crisis since the second world war, according to Amnesty International. Read more on The Guardian.
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal finds that two-thirds of Canada's population growth is composed of new immigrants. Attractive immigration and integration policies make migrants to Canada among the best-off in the OECD. Read the full article here.
Check out the OECD Style Guide 2015, a treasure trove of tips and techniques on English language writing and editing from one of the world’s most respected publishers.
Entrepreneurial activity in the US is rising in surprising places and among an older age group. The biggest hotbed of urban entrepreneurship is now New York, not Silicon Valley. Read more about it on The Financial Times.
Could "premature de-industrialisation" enable workers in the developing world to bypass the drudgery of manufacturing? Read this piece from Project Syndicate here.
Joseph Stiglitz: "Inequality is now killing middle America". Life expectancy is declining for middle-aged white Americans, especially those with a high school education or less. Read Here.
In less than 10 years, Uruguay has slashed its carbon footprint without government subsidies or higher consumer costs, according to the national director of energy, Ramón Méndez. Read more on The Guardian. And read about other small countries making the switch as well.
Set to clear land for paper and palm oil production, fires in Indonesia have not only destroyed forest and peatland, but also severely affected public health and released massive amounts of carbon. Read The Guardian's assessment of the impact.
It is well established that the poor are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and that women—who account for the majority of the world’s poor—are disproportionately impacted. Why is this so important? What are we doing to address it? Continue reading this UNDP article.
Around the globe, transportation is the fastest growing consumer of fossil fuels and the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions. Getting people out of their cars and onto mass transit is the key to balancing freedom with climate-smart growth. Read the World Bank blog post here.
From the United Nations Development Program: Bhutan’s government, with support from WHO and UNDP, is endeavouring to harness the lessons learned from pilot projects in order to mainstream climate change issues into government policies, strategies, and plans, and to develop action plans for climate change adaptation. Story Here.
One of the most cutting-edge projects to tackle climate change is being pioneered in one of the most remote, undeveloped countries on earth. Does it have any hope of succeeding? Find out on The Guardian.
Right now, China consumes about half the cement, steel, aluminum and pork produced in the world. If it allows its citizens to have more children–and presumably use more resources–what will that mean for humanity’s collective wellbeing and its pressing quest for sustainability? Read more on The Guardian.
3.4 bn people or 56% of the world's population live only just above the global poverty line, on US$2-10 a day. The global middle class is both smaller and poorer than thought. Read more about the results of this Pew Research Centre's new study on the Financial Times.
Resale of charity shop rejects has destroyed Kenya's local textile industry but a proposed ban on the importation of used garments risks putting thousands out of work. Read more about this economic dilemma on The Guardian.
Bestselling economist Tim Harcourt speaks to the BBC about how Australia has gone from "Down Under to Down Wonder"
- GOVERNANCE: Political finance needs tighter regulation and enforcement
- ISRAEL: The economy is sound but the country urgently needs to address productivity, inequality and poverty
- MIGRATION: OECD & UNHCR call for scaling up integration policies in favour of refugees
- FINLAND: Structural reforms needed to boost growth and employment
- TAX: Countries to begin sharing information on multinational enterprises
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