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TAX: Government revenues recovering from the crisis

10 December 2014 Tax burdens and revenue collection in advanced economies are reaching record levels not seen since before the global financial crisis, but the tax mix continues varying widely across countries, according to new OECD research published today. Read more

INEQUALITY: Rising inequality hurts economic growth

9 December 2014 Reducing income inequality would boost economic growth, according to new OECD analysis. This work finds that countries where income inequality is decreasing grow faster than those with rising inequality. Read more

CORRUPTION: Scale of foreign bribery revealed

2 December 2014 Most international bribes are paid by large companies, usually with the knowledge of senior management. Bribes are generally paid to win contracts from state-owned or controlled companies in advanced economies, rather than in the developing world, and most bribe payers and takers are from wealthy countries, according to a new OECD report. Read more

MIGRATION: Shifts underline need for policy reform

1 December 2014 The increasing number of people moving within the European Union is driving a rise in migration in OECD countries after several years of decline caused by the crisis. Migration policies need to keep pace with these changes, according to the latest International Migration Outlook. Read more

LATIN AMERICA: Investment in education and skills needed to spur growth

9 December 2014 Economic growth in Latin America has slowed to below 1.5%, the first time in a decade the region’s growth rate is below that of the OECD area. Investment in education and skills will be key to shift the economy up a gear, according to a new report by the OECD Development Centre, UN-ECLAC and CAF. Read more

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Sahel and West Africa Week

SWAW2014-350 The 2014 edition of the Sahel and West Africa Week will be held at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on 15-19 December 2014.

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OECD Better Life Index

Japanese users of the Better Life Index worry most about safety, Latin Americans strive for better education, and Danes want to be happy – shows a new interactive map based on user indexes. Explore to find out what’s ranking high in your country and share your own!

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