Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs

OECD Business and Finance Outlook 2017







News release





For globalisation to work for all, you have to fix the playing field first

Can better international co-operation help build a fairer global economy?



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30 MAY 2017


‌‌The 2017 OECD Business and Finance Outlook addresses some forces influencing economic developments that have contributed to recent surprises in elections and referendums. The common theme of these surprises has been voter discontent with globalisation and immigration that are perceived to be causes of unemployment and/or falling living standards for substantial parts of society.

This edition focuses on ways to enhance “fairness”, in the sense of strengthening global governance to ensure a level playing field in trade, investment and corporate behaviour, through the setting and better enforcement of global standards. A brief review of important developments contributing to post-war globalisation is provided and a number of policy domains are covered. These include exchange rates and capital account management, financial regulation since the recent financial crisis, the rising weight of state-owned enterprises in the global economy, competition policy to deal with international cartels, the cost of raising capital, responsible business conduct and bribery and corruption.



2017 Table of contents

  • Globalisation and the role of international governance
  • Globalisation and the level playing field
  • The internationalisation of state-owned enterprises
  • Protecting and promoting competition in a global marketplace
  • Moving towards more responsible business conduct



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