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Measurement and analysis of income inequality has long been a topic of OECD work and seized renewed attention with the OECD’s Better Life Initiative. Measuring distributions across dimensions above and beyond income (health, education, etc.) are also at the heart of the OECD’s How’s Life? statistical agenda and form a prominent recommendation in the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi report.
The OECD has updated its key textbook explaining how economic activity is monitored and measured.
Statistics Working Paper N. 58 - 2014/3 - This paper presents a set of indicators of income inequality and poverty across and within regions for 28 OECD countries. These indicators were produced through a new household-level data collection based on internationally harmonized income definitions undertaken as part of the OECD project on “Measuring regional and local well-being for policymaking”.
This Report encompasses a discussion on the role of trust in collaboration with microdata; a summary of the use of different methods of international collaboration with microdata; a review of using maturity modelling to improve practices in microdata collaboration; and detailed recommendations which, if adopted, will enable a statistical office to improve its maturity relative to microdata collaboration.
Statistics Working Paper N. 56 - 2014/1 - This paper compares long-run levels of real income growth at the very top, and for the bottom 90% and bottom 99% in the United States, Canada and Australia to illustrate the uniqueness of the post-WWII period of balanced growth (and consequent stability in the income distribution).
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This Statistics Brief presents a typology of non-observed economy (NOE) phenomena, discusses two broad classes of methods to estimate the size of the NOE (methods applied in the national accounts compilation versus macro-econometric methods), and presents national accounts based NOE estimates obtained through a survey of OECD countries in 2011-12.
The database on statistics of international trade in services provides statistics on international trade in services at the most detailed partner-country level available. To the extent that countries report them, data are also broken down by type of service according to the EBOPS classification.
OECD countries accounted for around 50% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expressed in Purchasing Power Parities (PPPs) in 2011 - the latest benchmark year - compared with about 60% in 2005, the previous benchmark year, according to new data released today by the International Comparison Program (ICP).
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The OECD system of composite leading indicators (CLIs), developed in the 1970s, has been the subject of a methodological review to ensure that it maintains its position as an effective leading indicator of business cycles and economic activity. This document provides detailed information about this new methodology.