Publications & Documents


  • 6-October-2014

    English

    How's Life in Your Region? - Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making

    How’s life? The answer can depend on the region in which you live. Many factors that influence people’s well-being are local issues, such as employment, access to health services, pollution and security. Policies that take into account regional differences beyond national averages can therefore have a greater impact on improving well-being for the country as a whole.

    This report presents the OECD analytical framework for measuring well-being at the regional level, as well as internationally comparable indicators on 9 well-being dimensions for 362 regions across 34 OECD countries. It also sets out guidance for all levels of government in using well-being measures to better target policies at the specific needs of different communities. Drawing on a variety of practical experiences from OECD regions and cities, the report discusses methodological and political solutions for selecting regional well-being outcome indicators, monitoring the progress of regional well-being performance over time, and implementing a process of multi-stakeholder engagement to promote social change.

  • 6-October-2014

    English

    OECD Regional Outlook 2014 - Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet

    Regions and cities are on the front lines of many challenges faced by OECD countries today, from education and jobs to health care and quality of life. Getting regions and cities “right”, adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work,  is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. This second edition of the OECD Regional Outlook aims to help countries do just that. Part I describes the main trends and challenges today. Part II has a special focus on cities, looking at public investment, urban framework policies, and rural-urban issues. Part III presents a Policy Forum on the future of cities, with five contributions from distinguished authors and policy makers. Part IV offers profiles of regional development in all 34 OECD countries.

  • 24-September-2014

    English

    Measurement and Reduction of Administrative Burdens in Greece: An Overview of 13 Sectors

    This report summarises the results of the joint project of the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Government and the OECD on measuring and reducing administrative burdens in 13 key sectors of the Greek economy.

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  • 1-September-2014

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    Public procurement in Greece

    Greece committed to implementing procurement reforms as part of its economic adjustment agreement with its international lenders. However, reforms were found to be challenging due to the country’s increasingly fragile political situation and critical state of public finances. The involvement of the OECD to make change happen was requested in 2013 by Greece and the European Commission’s Task Force for Greece.

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  • 22-August-2014

    English

    Hermosillo progresses steadily in the implementation of OECD recommendations to simplify formalities

    The Municipality of Hermosillo in Mexico shows a 12% progress in the implementation of OECD recommendations to simplify formalities to boost entrepreneurship and create employment.

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  • 12-August-2014

    English

    Multi-level Governance and Public Finance

    Recent work is focusing on the contractual approach of multi-level governance, the design of grants transferred from central to sub national levels of government and the variety of agreements between municipalities.

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