Working Papers


  • 5-November-2015

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    Measuring educational inequalities in mortality statistics

    Statistics Working Paper N. 66, 2015/8 - The OECD recently started a project to generate measures of the distributions of ages at death by educational level, gender and cause of death for as many countries as possible. This working paper aims to highlight the most important methodological issues to be faced when trying to create valid statistics on mortality by level of education...

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  • 5-November-2015

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    Towards a distribution-sensitive Better Life Index - Design, data and implementation

    Statistics Working Paper N. 65, 2015/7 - The Better Life Index (BLI) was introduced by the OECD as a tool to chart the multi-dimensional well-being of OECD member countries, Brazil and the Russian Federation. However, the BLI relies only on aggregate country-level indicators, and hence is insensitive to how multi-dimensional well-being outcomes are distributed within countries.

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  • 5-November-2015

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    Beyond GDP - Is there a law of one shadow price?

    Statistics Working Paper N. 63, 2015/5 - This paper builds a welfare measure encompassing household disposable income, unemployment and longevity, while using two different sets of "shadow prices" for non-income variables.

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  • 5-November-2015

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    Comparing happiness across the world - Does culture matter?

    Statistics Working Paper N. 62, 2015/4 - The issue of cultural bias in subjective well-being data is often raised, but rarely well-documented. This paper reviews the main barriers to interpreting national differences in subjective well-being, noting the challenge of distinguishing between cultural bias and cultural impact.

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  • 20-October-2015

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    Reintegrating welfare benefit recipients through entrepreneurship in the Netherlands

    These rapid policy assessments provide a baseline analysis with focus on one of the key target groups of inclusive entrepreneurship policy (i.e. youth, seniors, women, migrants or the unemployed).

  • 15-September-2015

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    Gender equality and economic growth in India: a quantitative framework

    This paper studies how public policies, including pro-women interventions, can raise female labour force participation and promote economic growth in India.

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  • 15-September-2015

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    Achieving fiscal consolidation while promoting social cohesion in Japan

    With gross government debt of 226% of GDP, Japan’s fiscal situation is in uncharted territory and puts the economy at risk. Japan needs a detailed and credible fiscal consolidation plan, including specific revenue increases and measures to control spending to restore its fiscal sustainability.

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  • 2-September-2015

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    Vocational training and adult learning for better skills in France

    France devotes a great deal of resources to vocational training for youths and especially adults, but the system is unduly complex and yields rather poor returns. The basic literacy and numeracy skills of many French adults remain weak in international comparison, with harmful effects on employment opportunities, wages and well-being.

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  • 2-September-2015

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    Reducing inequality and poverty in Portugal

    Portugal has one of the most unequal income distributions in Europe and poverty levels are high. The economic crisis has halted a long-term gradual decline in both inequality and poverty and the number of poor households is rising, with children and youths being particularly affected. Unemployment is one of the principal reasons why household incomes declined.

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  • 11-August-2015

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    Non-standard contracts, flexibility and employment adjustment: empirical evidence from Russian establishment data

    This paper examines the use of two forms of non-standard work contracts in Russia with data from an enterprise survey for the years 2009 to 2011. Non-standard work contracts are less costly and more flexible for employers. Internal adjustment in form of wage cuts or unpaid leave is not covered by the Labour Code and earlier practices to impose such measures are less tolerated.

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