Publications & Documents


  • 4-November-2014

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    The Statistics Brief N. 19 - Measuring inequality in income and consumption in a national accounts framework

    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.

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  • 20-October-2014

    English

    Understanding National Accounts – latest edition now out

    The OECD has updated its key textbook explaining how economic activity is monitored and measured.

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  • 20-October-2014

    English

    Understanding National Accounts - Second Edition

    This second edition of Understanding National Accounts, that provides a comprehensive explanation of how national accounts are compiled, contains new data and new chapters, and is adapted to the new systems of national accounts, SNA 2008 and ESA 2010, that came into effect in September 2014. It approaches national accounts from a truly global perspective, with special chapters dedicated to international comparisons, globalisation and well-being as well as to the national systems used in major OECD economies, such as the United States.Each chapter of the manual uses practical examples to explain key concepts in national accounts in a clear and accessible way. And, each chapter concludes with a synthesis of key points covered in the chapter, followed by resources for further exploring the topic, and by a set of exercises to test your knowledge. It is an ideal guide to national accounts for students and other interested readers.
  • 26-August-2014

    English

    Measuring income inequality and poverty at the regional level in OECD countries

    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”.

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  • 30-July-2014

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    Microdata access

    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.

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  • 19-June-2014

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    Can increasing inequality be a steady state?

    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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  • 17-June-2014

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    The Statistics Brief N. 18 - The Non-Observed Economy in the System of National Accounts

    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.

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  • 16-June-2014

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    Statistics on International Trade in Services, OECD

    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.

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  • 30-April-2014

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    OECD now accounts for slightly less than 50% of world GDP, large emerging economies for about 30%

    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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  • 14-April-2014

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    OECD System of Composite Leading Indicators

    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.

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