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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are currently attracting a great deal of attention from policy makers in OECD Member countries and elsewhere. In a world economy characterised by rapid globalisation, new opportunities are opening up for ...
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Chile is a significant host for foreign direct investment (FDI) in South America, especially given the relatively small size of its economy. The attraction of Chile to foreign investors lies not only in its resource abundance but also in its tradition of openness to foreign investment. Chilean policies towards inward investment generally conform to OECD standards, and the country has been a trailblazer within Latin America in terms of
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A selection of papers presented at the Symposium on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment, held in Seoul, Korea, on 3-4 April 1997.
Services provided by accountants, lawyers, engineers and architects are among the fastest-growing sectors in OECD economies, but international trade and investment in these professional services remain hindered by complex domestic regulations. Participants considered concrete policy options for advancing liberalisation through regulatory reform, while maintaining high standards for consumer protection.
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A Workshop on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment was held in Brazil in February 1997. These proceedings outline the state of play of the negotiations at that time.
How can we adequately compare output and productivity growth across countries? Well-established measures of output and productivity growth have come under scrutiny because they have not always been able to reflect the rapid quality changes in pro...
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Liberalisation of foreign direct investment (FDI) has been an essential element in the increasing internationalisation of the economy, and has enhanced France's image as an FDI host country. Thanks to a surge in direct investment flows since 1984-1985, France has become the third-ranking country in the OECD area in terms of inward FDI and fourth in terms of outward FDI at end 1994. The abrogation in early 1996 of the prior approval
The aim of this paper is to provide a critical description of some of the indicators most frequently used in analysing competitiveness.
High and rising unemployment rates in the early 1990s have moved the employment question centre-stage in the policy debate. This paper aims at identifying common results and trends from national studies, as well as identifying "best practices" of analysis and data gathering.
The paper shows the results of a pilot study for six industrial sectors in seven OECD Member countries (Canada, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States) whereby short-term qualitative indicators are used to "nowcast" a quantitative indicator, the production index.