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The global crisis led to a smaller increase in the unemployment rate than in most other OECD countries as employment has been sustained through intensive use of reduced working time schemes.
The OECD/Korea Policy Centre fosters the exchange of technical information and policy experiences relating to the Asia Pacific region in areas such as health statistics, pension reforms and social policy and expenditure.
Progress has been made in narrowing the gender gap in pay, especially in employment, over the past decade but much remains to be done in many countries. Women pay a high price for motherhood, with steep childcare costs and taxes deterring many from working more, according to a new OECD report.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría gave opening remarks at the launch of the OECD report, "Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now!"
An interview with Sigbjørn Johnsen, Minister of Finance, Norway.
High female participation in the workforce has a decisive effect on a country’s performance, as Norway shows.
Public social spending has increased to 22% of GDP on average across the OECD in 2012, up from 19% in 2007. Rising spending-to-GDP ratios are due to a combination of governments increasing expenditure on social supports as unemployment and income support benefits but also because of GDP stagnating or declining in many countries.
The UK economy is gradually emerging from the recession and rebalancing away from overreliance on debt–finance and government spending towards more investment and exports. A wide ranging programme of fiscal consolidation and structural reforms aims at ensuring a sustainable and balanced recovery
The Forum “Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now” will bring together leading policymakers and representatives from business and civil society to give their views on the crucial steps that governments and the private sector should undertake to achieve greater gender equality in economic opportunities.
The OECD Development Centre is co-organising, with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, a seminar on "Measuring progress towards gender equality: where do we stand?" in Stockholm, Sweden.
Low growth and huge current account deficits have characterised the Portuguese economy over the past decade.