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China’s new leadership has signalled that it is time to step up the pace of reform, building on the remarkable economic and social achievements to date while recognising the pressing need for deep structural changes. Indeed, far-reaching reforms are necessary for continuing to raise living standards and well-being, even as China is poised to become the world’s largest economy by around 2016.
The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives. Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.
Governments have a tough enough job delivering on the economy, and ensuring that their country can provide education and health systems that work, essential services such as water and electricity, not to mention roads, railways and clean air – can we really expect them to make us happy too?
Equality between the sexes has come a long way in the past 50 years or so, and in some areas (life expectancy, education) women are now ahead of men in many countries. So why do we still need an international women’s day?
We all want to come out of the crisis with a more sustainable economic system that delivers better lives for everyone, but just what is the right policy recipe to deliver the quality jobs and investment, trust and transparency, and effective regulation that we need?
The global economy is not out of the woods yet, and 2013 is a critical year if we are to leave the crisis behind and create more sustainable growth and employment. Easy to say – but what is being done, and what more can be done, to make it happen?
Gender equality is a necessity, not an option if we are to move on from the economic and financial crisis to create more sustainable and inclusive economies and societies around the world. So what are we waiting for?
November marks the 50th anniversary of the OECD Observer, an award-winning public magazine which addresses the policy challenges of our times. Flicking through the issues, from 1962 to today, is like taking a trip through modern history.