Regional development


  • Regional Outlook 2016

    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.

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  • Effective Public Investment Toolkit

    The "Toolkit" is an on-line resource providing implementation guidance for the OECD Recommendation on Effective Public Investment Across Levels of Government. It supports both implementation and peer learning, with indicators and good practices from countries, regions, and municipalities.

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  • How's life in your region?

    The OECD Regional Well-being web tool allows you to measure well-being in your region and compare it with 394 other OECD regions based on eleven topics central to the quality of our lives.

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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.

OECD work on the themes below contributes to the overall goal of reducing regional disparities and helping lagging regions to catch up. 

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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.


‌‌Rural development home page

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 subnational levels is essential for effective public policy.


‌ ‌Regional innovation home page

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.