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  • Tax: Workers in OECD countries pay one quarter of wages in taxes

    26 April 2018

    Workers in OECD countries paid just over a quarter of their gross wages in tax on average in 2017, with just over half of countries seeing small increases in the personal average tax rate, according to the OECD’s Taxing Wages 2018 report.

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  • Development: More foreign aid sent to poorest countries as total development aid remains stable

    9 April 2018

    Foreign aid from official donors totalled USD 146.6 billion in 2017, a small decrease of 0.6% from 2016. Although less money was spent on refugees inside donor countries, the funds to countries most in need of aid increased, according to preliminary official data collected by the OECD.

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  • Digitalisation: The brave new world of artificial intelligence

    19 March 2018

    With driverless cars, machine translation and robots reading radiology scans, artifical intelligence (AI) is already transforming our lives. The critical question now for future generations is: what kind of society do we want? Watch our video on the brave new world of artificial intelligence.

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  • Gender: Can women win on the obstacle course of business finance?

    9 April 2018

    Small and medium-sized businesses, those with fewer than 250 employees, account for 70% of jobs in OECD countries. Women should start more of these businesses and they should be able to grow their businesses if they want. But expanding internationally, hiring more people, and integrating new technology require copious amounts of capital.

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  • Digitalisation: Are you open?

    14 March 2018

    What exactly is open government data? Governments produce and commission huge quantities of data and information that cover the likes of maps, public transit schedules, meteorological information and much more. When government data is made publicly available it becomes open government data.

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  • How’s life? 2017: Measuring Well-being


    Fault lines run through our society, with divisions by income, age, where you were born, your gender and your education all affecting well-being and opportunities. The OECD’s latest How’s Life? report takes a close look at these challenges.

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  • Planting better forests for a changing future


    Forests are essential for fighting climate change, but planting and managing them is not as easy as it might sound, as the OECD Forest Scheme shows. Watch the video.

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