Publications & Documents

  • 27-January-2015


    ITF Transport Outlook 2015

    The ITF Transport Outlook examines the development of global transport volumes and related CO2 emissions and health impacts through to 2050. It examines factors that can affect supply and demand for transport services and focuses on scenarios illustrating potential upper and lower pathways, discussing their relevance to policy making.

    This edition presents an overview of long-run scenarios for the development of global passenger and freight transport volumes, with emphasis on changes in global trade flows and the consequences of rapid urbanisation. It focuses on the characteristics of mobility development in developing countries, from Latin America to Chinese and Indian cities, highlighting the importance of urban mobility policies for the achievement of national and global sustainability goals.



  • 16-December-2014


    OECD Research and Development Expenditure in Industry 2014 - ANBERD

    This 2014 edition of OECD Research and Development Expenditure in Industry provides statistical data on R&D expenditure broken down by industrial and service sectors. Data are presented in current and constant USD PPP values by main activity and product field. Coverage is provided for 28 OECD countries and four non-member economies. The coverage of ANBERD includes multiple sectors, with extended coverage of service sectors according to ISIC Revision 4 classification.This publication is a unique source of detailed internationally-comparable business R&D data, making it an invaluable tool for economic research and analysis.

  • 20-October-2014


    Understanding National Accounts – latest edition now out

    The OECD has updated its key textbook explaining how economic activity is monitored and measured.

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  • 2-October-2014


    How Was Life? - Global Well-being since 1820

    How was life in 1820, and how has it improved since then? What are the long-term trends in global well-being? Views on social progress since the Industrial Revolution are largely based on historical national accounting in the tradition of Kuznets and Maddison. But trends in real GDP per capita may not fully re­flect changes in other dimensions of well-being such as life expectancy, education, personal security or gender inequality. Looking at these indicators usually reveals a more equal world than the picture given by incomes alone, but has this always been the case? The new report How Was Life? aims to fill this gap. It presents the first systematic evidence on long-term trends in global well-being since 1820 for 25 major countries and 8 regions in the world covering more than 80% of the world’s population. It not only shows the data but also discusses the underlying sources and their limitations, pays attention to country averages and inequality, and pinpoints avenues for further research.

    The How Was Life? report is the product of collaboration between the OECD, the OECD Development Centre and the CLIO-INFRA project. It represents the culmination of work by a group of economic historians to systematically chart long-term changes in the dimensions of global well-being and inequality, making use of the most recent research carried out within the discipline. The historical evidence reviewed in the report is organised around 10 different dimensions of well-being that mirror those used by the OECD in its well-being report How’s Life? (, and draw on the best sources and expertise currently available for historical perspectives in this field. These dimensions are:per capita GDP, real wages, educational attainment, life expectancy, height, personal security, political institutions, environmental quality, income inequality and gender inequality.

  • 9-September-2014


    Education at a Glance 2014 - Highlights

    Education at a Glance 2014: Highlights summarises the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today, including:
    • Education levels and student numbers: How far have adults studied, and how does early childhood education affect student performance later on?
    • Higher education and work: How many young people graduate from tertiary education, and how easily do they enter the world of work?
    • Economic and social benefits of education: How does education affect people’s job prospects, and what is its impact on incomes?
    • Paying for education: What share of public spending goes on education, and what is the role of private spending?
    • The school environment: How many hours do teachers work, and how does class size vary?

    Each indicator is presented on a two-page spread. The left-hand page explains the significance of the indicator, discusses the main findings, examines key trends and provides readers with a roadmap for finding out more in the OECD education databases and in other OECD education publications. The right-hand page contains clearly presented charts and tables, accompanied by dynamic hyperlinks (StatLinks) that direct readers to the corresponding data in Excel™ format.

  • 3-September-2014


    SIGMA: Support for Improvement in Governance and Management

    Helping improve public governance and management in European Union Candidate Countries, Potential Candidates, and European Neighbourhood Policy partners is the mission of a joint OECD-EU initiative, the SIGMA programme.

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  • 3-June-2014


    Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level 2015

    Focused on "Unlocking investment for sustainable growth and jobs", the 2015 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM) will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday 3-4 June 2015, under the chairmanship of the Netherlands, with the Czech Republic, France and Korea as Vice-Chairs.

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  • 27-May-2014


    OECD Factbook 2014

    OECD Factbook 2014 on OECD iLibrary

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  • 9-May-2014

    English, PDF, 2,148kb

    New approaches to economic challenges (NAEC): The financial stream

    Prepared for the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial level on 6-7 May 2014, this report pulls together the work on financial issues carried out by the Directorate for Enterprise and Financial Affairs over the past two years in connection with the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative. Find out more at

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  • 6-May-2014

    English, PDF, 2,868kb

    New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) - Synthesis Report

    Section 1 discusses the main lessons from the crisis, the response that followed, current economic challenges, and challenges going forward, the latter being largely based on the long-term trends identified and analysed in the OECD@100 project. Section 2 outlines new policy themes and tentative recommendations that are emerging from NAEC projects.

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