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  • 26-April-2018

    English

    Mark-ups in the digital era

    This analysis examines dynamics of estimated firm mark-ups across 26 countries over 14 years. Price mark-ups are linked to measures of digital intensity of sectors in order to ascertain whether differences in exposure to digitalisation are related to differences in mark-ups across industries, and how this relationship has changed over time.

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  • 23-April-2018

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    Which skills for the digital era? Returns to skills analysis

    This study sheds light on the extent to which different types of employee skills are rewarded as industries go digital in an analysis of 31 countries.

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  • 18-April-2018

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    State-Owned Enterprises and the Low-Carbon Transition - Environment Working Paper

    This paper explores the role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the low-carbon transition in OECD and G20 countries. It tracks GHG emissions and energy investments and analyses the impact of on investments in renewable electricity. A descriptive analysis of SOEs’ role in the electricity sector shows the importance of SOEs, including investments in both renewables and fossil-fuel-based electricity generation.

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  • 26-March-2018

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    Multinational enterprises and global value chains: New insights on the trade-investment nexus

    Despite their acclaimed importance, empirical evidence on MNEs is not widely available and largely incomplete, with data only available for a subset of OECD economies. Based on the new OECD analytical AMNE database including information on MNEs across 43 industries and countries on a bilateral basis, this paper derives new insights on the importance of MNEs today.

  • 27-February-2018

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    Industrial robotics and the global organisation of production

    In order to safeguard their competitiveness in an increasingly digitalised global economy, governments across OECD and emerging economies are implementing a range of policy measures/programmes to support investment in and use of robotics. This paper assesses the extent to which robotics impact the organisation of production through offshoring and backshoring.

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  • 23-February-2018

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    Global value chains and centrality: Mapping key hubs, spokes and the periphery

    This paper uses “centrality” metrics to reflect position with GVCs. Central sectors reflect those that are highly connected (both directly and indirectly) and influential within global production networks, whereas peripheral sectors exhibit weak linkages and are less influential. Applying these metrics to OECD ICIO data reveals profound changes in the structure of GVCs over the period 1995-2011.

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  • 9-February-2018

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    A portrait of innovative start-ups across countries

    This paper presents new cross-country descriptive evidence on innovative start-ups and related venture capital investments drawing upon Crunchbase, a new dataset that is unprecedented in terms of scope and comprehensiveness. The analysis employs a mix of different statistical techniques.

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  • 19-January-2018

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    Societal benefits and costs of International Investment Agreements: A critical review of aspects and available empirical evidence

    This paper reviews alleged societal benefits and costs of International Investment Agreements (IIAs) as suggested by academia, governments, business and civil society. It sets out the wide range of issues that diverse actors have proposed in the context of assessing the societal benefits and costs of IIAs.

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  • 24-November-2017

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    Adjudicator Compensation Systems and Investor-State Dispute Settlement

    Compensation for adjudicators is generally considered as a core issue for judicial independence and for attracting good judges in the institutional design for courts. This paper examines compensation systems for adjudicators and dispute settlement administrators in investor-state dispute settlement. The paper uses in part a comparative perspective based on approaches in domestic courts in advanced economies.

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  • 6-November-2017

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    Economic shocks and changes in global production structures: Methods for measuring economic resilience

    When economic shocks occur, economic agents are expected to react to reduce the negative impact or amplify the positive effects. The ability of a country to contain economic losses can be defined as the resilience to economic shocks. Using the OECD Inter-Country Input-Output tables, this paper investigates the relationship between changes in final demand and production structures for 61 economies.

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