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OECD High-level Parliamentary Seminar - "Addressing the Social Impact of the Crisis"


Monday 10 October 2011

Addressing the Social Impact of the Crisis


Room CC5
OECD Conference Centre, Paris

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Chair:  Anthony Gooch, Director, Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, OECD



Arrival of participants and morning coffee


Addressing the Social Impact of the Crisis
Angel Gurría
, Secretary-General, OECD -Speech-


Tackling Income Inequality

Stefano Scarpetta, Deputy Director,
Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
Discussant: Tuur Elzinga, Senator, The Netherlands




The OECD Gender Initiative

Angelica Salvi del Pero, Policy Analyst,

Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
Discussant: Einat Wilf, Member of the Knesset, Israel


Lunch for Parliamentarians hosted by Ambassador Edmond H. Wellenstein, Permanent Representative the Netherlands to the OECD
Room George Marshall, Château


The OECD Skills Strategy

Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General/ Head of the Indicators and Analysis Division, Directorate for Education, OECD


The OECD Better Life Index

Anthony Gooch, Director,
Public Affairs and Communications Directorate, OECD -Presentation-


Update on the OECD Parliamentary Network and Conclusions by the Chair


This seminar is open to representatives from the parliamentary/legislative branch of government. It offers an exceptional opportunity for parliamentarians and legislators to exchange views with their colleagues and OECD experts on a range of key issues. 

For further details or to register for this seminar, please contact Jennifer Bisping, Senior Public Affairs Manager [; Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 93 26] or Silvia Terrón [; Tel: +33 (0)1 45 24 95 72] .

There will be simultaneous interpretation in English and French.


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Tackling Income Inequality

Over the past two decades, income inequality has grown in over three quarters of OECD countries and in many emerging economies. In the OECD area, the income of the richest 10% of people in 2008 was, on average, nearly nine times that of the poorest 10% and the economic crisis has put additional pressure on the distribution of incomes. As many governments are embarking on the path of fiscal consolidation, further effects on inequality can be expected, depending on where and how much public spending is cut or which taxes are increased.
Greater inequality raises economic, political and ethical challenges and risks leaving more people behind in an ever-changing world economy. Social, labour-market and fiscal policies play a major role in redistributing income, but inequality is not only about income: it also involves publicly-provided services, such as health, education, housing or care services.
The OECD will be launching a new report on income inequality, examining trends in inequality for OECD and non-OECD countries, analysing the main drivers of growing inequality and assessing the effectiveness of social and labour market policies in tackling it.

More information: Tackling inequalityDrivers of growing inequalities


The OECD Gender Initiative

Reducing persistent gender inequalities is necessary not only for reasons of fairness and equity but also out of economic necessity. Greater economic opportunities for women will help to increase labour productivity, and higher female employment will widen the base of taxpayers and contributors to social protection systems which will come under increasing pressure due to population ageing. More gender diversity could help promote innovation and competitiveness in business. Despite numerous improvements in women’s educational and employment outcomes, many countries have not achieved gender equality in economic opportunities and outcomes. Recognising the importance of this, the OECD has embarked on a Gender Initiative to help governments promote gender equality in three areas key to economic opportunity - Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship - by  identifying and bringing together a set of indicators and developing recommendations for policymakers based on good practices for reducing barriers to gender equality.

More information: OECD work on Gender; First Interim Report of the OECD Gender Initiative


The OECD Skills Strategy

In a context of high unemployment following the crisis and increased global competition, ensuring an adequate supply of skills, maximising their use and optimising further development of skills in the workforce is key to boosting employment and economic growth, and to promoting social inclusion. Skills are thus high on the agenda, nationally and internationally. While the need for fiscal consolidation in the wake of the crisis is putting pressure on all elements of public expenditure, including education and training, this is precisely the time when investment in skills is most necessary to boost economic growth and facilitate the (re)integration of individuals into the labour market. The OECD is working on a global Skills Strategy to facilitate a cross-government approach and peer-learning on effective skills policies, and to address the global dimensions of the supply and demand for skills. It will also identify and develop a set of good practices for financing skills-development programmes and formulating sound, inclusive and effective skills policies.

More information:  OECD Skills StrategyTowards an OECD Skills Strategy


The OECD Better Life Index
Is life really getting better? How can we tell? What are the key ingredients to improving life – is it better education, environment, healthcare, housing, or working hours? Does progress mean the same thing to all people or in all countries and societies? Drawing upon the recommendations of the Stiglitz Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress, the OECD has created Your Better Life Index – an interactive tool that allows individuals to compare well-being across countries, based on 11 topics the OECD has identified as essential to the quality of life. The digital platform allows individuals to put different weights on each topic, and thus decide for themselves how to measure well-being. The resulting visualisation provides a unique view of how countries perform according to the priorities individuals themselves set.
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