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WELL-BEING: How Was Life? shows long-term progress in key areas of well-being

2 October 2014 People’s well-being has generally progressed since the early 20th century across a large part of the world, according to How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820. The study presents for the first time systematic evidence of trends in areas such as health, education, inequality, the environment and personal security over the past 200 years. Read more

ENVIRONMENT: Under-taxing drivers is bad for environment and health

Chart showing total cost of annual subsidy per company car.

30 September 2014 Advanced economies are pushing up carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air pollution by under-taxing company cars and diesel fuel, according to new OECD research. Read more

TAX: A co-ordinated international approach to combat avoidance by multinationals

OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría presenting the OECD's recommendations to combat tax avoidance by multinational enterprises (BEPS)

16 September 2014 The OECD has released its first recommendations for new international rules to combat tax avoidance by multinational enterprises under the OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project. Read more

ECONOMY: Global growth continuing at a moderate pace

15 September 2014 A moderate expansion is underway in most major advanced and emerging economies, but growth remains weak in the euro area, which runs the risk of prolonged stagnation if further steps are not taken to boost demand, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment. Watch the live webcast of the press conference. Read more

EDUCATION: Educational mobility starts to slow in industrialised world

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9 September 2014 Access to education continues to expand worldwide but the socio-economic divisions between tertiary-educated adults and the rest of society are growing. Governments must do more to ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to a good education early in life, according to a new OECD report. Read more

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How Was Life?

How Was Life Data Viz How was life in 1820, and how has it improved since then? What are the long-term trends in global well-being? Click on a year or press play to see the evolution of the quality of life.

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OECD Better Life Index

Japanese users of the Better Life Index worry most about safety, Latin Americans strive for better education, and Danes want to be happy – shows a new interactive map based on user indexes. Explore to find out what’s ranking high in your country and share your own!

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