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  • 24-May-2017

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    Policy Brief on the Future of Work: Basic Income as a Policy Option

    Recent debates of Basic Income proposals shine a useful spotlight on the challenges that traditional forms of income support are increasingly facing, and highlight gaps in social provisions that largely depend on income or employment status. Reforms towards more universal income support would need to be introduced in stages, requiring a parallel debate on how to finance a more equal sharing of the benefits of economic growth.

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  • 19-May-2017

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    Why workers matter for a successful new production revolution

    The talk of the town this year has truly been the so-called fourth industrial revolution–and rightly so. Digitalisation causes an increasing interconnectivity of people, production and processes. Combined with the rapid development in artificial intelligence, self-learning machines and robot technology it heralds a new time of revolutionary technological progress.

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  • 18-May-2017

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    Continued slowdown in productivity growth weighs down on living standards

    The slowdown in productivity growth - already underway before the crisis – combined with sluggish investment, continued to undermine rises in economic output and material living standards in recent years in many of the world’s economies, according to a new report released today by the OECD.

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  • 11-May-2017

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    Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: May 2017

    OECD unemployment rate falls to 6.0% in March 2017

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  • 25-April-2017

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    For whom the budget cut tolls - Blog on downsizing in the public sector

    A Job for Life? The old notion of a safe job in the civil service is profoundly changing - OECD Insights blog by Bill Below.

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  • 21-April-2017

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    Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017 - An OECD Scoreboard

    Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2017 provides information on debt, equity, asset-based finance, and framework conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented with an overview of recent policy measures to support access to finance in 39 countries. The sixth instalment of this annual publication provides a solid evidence base to improve SME policy making. Almost a decade after the financial crisis, the financing situation of SMEs and entrepreneurs has generally improved in 2015 and the first half of 2016 in most participating countries, and indicates a more favourable business environment. While alternative sources of financing are gaining some traction, SMEs nevertheless remain very reliant on bank lending, making them vulnerable to credit market conditions and the economic climate.

  • 21-April-2017

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    Lending volumes and credit conditions are improving for SMEs, but many firms continue to struggle to obtain financing that meets their needs

    Lending volumes and credit conditions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have gradually improved, according to a new report from the OECD, but demand-side obstacles such as a lack of financial knowledge are contributing to holding back a stronger recovery.

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  • 21-April-2017

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    Boosting Social Enterprise Development - Good Practice Compendium

    Social enterprises are long-standing agents of inclusive growth and democratisation of the economic and social spheres, and they have proved resilient to economic adversity all the while addressing socio-economic challenges in innovative ways, re-integrating people back to the labour market, and contributing to overall social cohesion. This compendium derives policy lessons for boosting social enterprises from the analysis of 20 initiatives in several EU member-countries, covering a range of policy areas from legal frameworks, finance, market access, and support structures, to education and skills.

  • 13-April-2017

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    Employment situation, fourth quarter 2016, OECD

    OECD employment rate increases to 67.2% in the fourth quarter of 2016

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  • 11-April-2017

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    Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: April 2017

    OECD unemployment rate stable at 6.1% in February 2017

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