Regional development


  • Regional Outlook 2014

    Regions and cities are on the front lines of many challenges faced by OECD countries today. Getting regions and cities “right”, adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work, is vital to improving citizens’ well-being.

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  • How's life in your region?

    This new website allows you to measure well-being in your region and compare it with 361 other OECD regions.

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  • The Metropolitan Century

    The world is experiencing a wave of urbanisation that has the potential to greatly benefit residents, countries and the planet at large. This report analyses the secrets of successful cities and the policies that contribute to their success.

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Countries need competitive dynamic regions to achieve their economic, social and environmental objectives. Regional development policies complement national macroeconomic and structural policies.


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Statistics and indicators

The OECD has developed statistical databases to answer the increasing demand for statistical information at the regional level.

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Urban development

Cities are important generators of wealth, employment and productivity growth and play a leading role in national economies.

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Rural development

Rural regions account for 75% of land and almost 25% of the population in OECD countries and require a wide range of economic policies for growth.


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Multi-level governance and public finance

Striking a balance between the interests, capacities and objectives of national and sub-national levels is essential for effective public policy.

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Regional innovation

Innovation is an increasing source of growth in the OECD and  regions play a key role in untapping this potential for national growth.


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Water Governance

Managing water is not only a question of resources, availability and money, but equally a matter of good governance.