Public governance

OECD Regional Outlook 2016

Productive Regions for Inclusive Societies

Published on October 11, 2016

Also available in: French

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Regions and cities are where the effects of policies to promote economic growth and social inclusion are felt in day-to-day life. The OECD Regional Outlook 2016 examines the widening productivity gap across regions within countries, and the implications of these trends for the well-being of people living in different places. It discusses how structural policies, public investment and multi-level governance reforms can help boost productivity and address inclusion. Drawing on a survey of OECD countries, the Outlook  highlights country practices in regional, urban, and rural development policy that guide public investment. The Special Focus Part II on rural areas looks at different types of rural area and their productivity performance trends, and suggests that countries move towards a “Rural Policy 3.0”. The Policy Forum on Regions and Cities: Implementing Global Agendas includes chapters by many leading global organisations on how regions and cities can be instrumental in achieving the targets of agreements such as the Paris Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Individual country profiles provide an overview of regional, urban and rural development policies as well as performance in terms of productivity and well-being among different regions.

SUMMARIESavailable in 25 languages

English OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in English)
Spanish OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Spanish) Perspectivas regionales de la OCDE 2016
German OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in German) OECD Regionaler Ausblick 2016
Japanese OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Japanese) OECD地域アウトルック2016年版
Italian OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Italian) Prospettive dell’OCSE sulle regioni 2016
Chinese OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Chinese) 经合组织区域展望2016
Czech OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Czech) Regionální výhled OECD v roce 2016
Danish OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Danish) OECD Regionale udsigter 2016
Dutch OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Dutch) OESO Regionale Vooruitzichten 2016
Estonian OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Estonian) OECD piirkondlik prognoos 2016
Finnish OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Finnish) OECD:n Aluekatsaus 2016
Greek OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Greek) ΟΟΣΑ Προοπτικές των περιφερειών 2016
Hebrew OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Hebrew) סקירה אזורית של OECD לשנת 2016
Hungarian OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Hungarian) OECD 2016. évi regionális kilátások
Icelandic OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Icelandic) Horfur í byggðamálum innan OECD 2016
Korean OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Korean) 2016년도 OECD 지역 전망
Latvian OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Latvian) ESAO reģionu apskats 2016
Norwegian OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Norwegian) Regionale utsikter for OECD – 2016
Polish OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Polish) Prognoza regionalna OECD na rok 2016
Portuguese OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Portuguese) Panorama das Regiões da OCDE 2016
Russian OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Russian) Региональные перспективы ОЭСР 2016
Slovak OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Slovak) Regionálny prehľad OECD na rok 2016
Slovene OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Slovenian) Pogled na regije OECD 2016
Swedish OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Swedish) OECD:s regionpolitiska översikt 2016
Turkish OECD Regional Outlook 2016 (Summary in Turkish) OECD 2016 Bölgesel Görünüm

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Reader's Guide
Executive Summary
The place-based dimension of productivity and inclusion2 chapters available
Regional productivity gaps and their consequences
Regional development: Policies to promote catching up
Special focus: Rural areas – Places of opportunity2 chapters available
Understanding rural economies
Rural Policy 3.0
Regions and cities implementing global agendas: A policy forum7 chapters available
Investing in "voice" to implement global agendas
A New Urban Agenda for the 21st century: The role of urbanisation in sustainable development
Financing subnational and local governments: The missing link in development finance
Cities and regions – Connected by water in mutual dependency
United States rural policy: Increasing opportunities and improving the quality of life of rural communities
Global dimensions of malnutrition: Territorial perspectives on food security and nutrition policies
Response to the Paris Climate Accord: Scaling up green projects from a bottom-up perspective
Country profiles34 chapters available
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Canada
Chile
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea
Luxembourg
Mexico
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
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country notes

   Australia

  Japan

   Austria

  ‌ Korea

   Belgium

   Luxembourg

   Canada

   Mexico

   Chile

   Netherlands

   Czech Republic

   New Zealand

   Denmark

   Norway

   Estonia

   Poland

   Finland

   Portugal

   France

   Slovak Republic

   Germany

   Slovenia

   Greece

  Spain

   Hungary

   Sweden

   Iceland

   Switzerland

   Ireland

   Turkey

   Israel

   United Kingdom

   Italy

  United States

 

note to media

presentation

 

OECD Regional Outlook 2016 - Presentation, Brussels, Belgium 11 October 2016 from OECD Governance

policy highlights

Policy Highlights - PDF version Synthèse : version PDF

 

un habitat iii 

The UN Habitat III conference (Quito, Ecuador - October 2016) will help the world re-think urbanisation processes and the policies that shape and react to them. Part 3 of this publication adds to these global discussions by highlighting the fundamental role of regions and cities, as well as the way national policies influence them, as spaces and actors that contribute to all of these agendas.

sustainable development goals

Cities, regions and place-based national policies also have an important role to play in meeting the ambitious targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Greater involvement of regions and cities gives greater voice to their residents in this global agenda. Localising targets and their measurement will raise awareness, generate locally adapted solutions, and ensure that no region or city is left behind.

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