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Evidence from the OECD Wealth Distribution Database for 18 OECD countries highlights large differences in wealth holdings across OECD countries. Moreover, wealth inequality is much larger than income inequality due to financial assets that are very unequally distributed and mainly accrue to top income and top wealth households.
Statistics Working Paper N. 61, 2015/3 - This article gives methodological guidance on how best to compare the share of profits in value-added across countries using national accounts. The four countries covered are France, Germany, Italy and the United States.
Following the Society for Economic Measurement (SEM)’s highly successful Inaugural Conference at the University of Chicago in August 2014, the 2nd International Conference is being hosted by the OECD in Paris.
The gap between rich and poor keeps widening. Growth, if any, has disproportionally benefited higher income groups while lower income households have been left behind. This long-run increase in income inequality not only raises social and political concerns, but also economic ones. It tends to drag down GDP growth, due to the rising distance of the lower 40% from the rest of society. Lower income people have been prevented from realising their human capital potential, which is bad for the economy as a whole. This book highlights the key areas where inequalities are created and where new policies are required, including: the consequences of current consolidation policies; structural labour market changes with rising non-standard work and job polarization; persisting gender gaps; the challenge of high wealth concentration, and the role for redistribution policies.
The world is still repairing the damage done to employment prospects and social equality by the crisis. Governments are trying to create not just more jobs, but better jobs. A new OECD framework helps them to define what job quality means and to measure whether their policies are succeeding.
The special Conference on “W(h)ither the SNA?” is jointly organised by the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) and the OECD.
The OECD Statistics Directorate and China recognise the importance of adopting international standards and classifications for the compilation and dissemination of quality statistics; and the need to strengthen co-operation between national and international organisations and the advantages of sharing knowledge and experience on global best practices to enhance the understanding and implementation of statistical methodologies.
Statistics Working Paper N. 60, 2015/2 - Recent research suggests that younger generations are less likely to be engaged in formal forms of political participation than older ones. However, there is little evidence on the trends for non-formal participation. This paper tries to fill a gap in this field by looking at the evolution of extra-parliamentary participation in politics through various measures of civic & political engagement...
Statistics Working Paper N. 59, 2015/1 - This paper suggests that individuals feel economically insecure when they perceive a significant downside economic risk – i.e. a hazard or danger – looming in their economic future, which they are unable to adequately insure against or avoid or ignore.
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In 2009, the United Nations Statistical Commission endorsed a revised set of international standards for the compilation of national accounts: the System of National Accounts (SNA) 2008, replacing the 1993 version of the SNA. By December 2014, most OECD countries had implemented the new standards. The actual implementation however varied depending on country circumstances.