Publications & Documents


  • 5-April-2013

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    Making Statistics and Everyone Count

    The production and dissemination of reliable statistics have become essential for public administration and public policy. Statistics is not an aim in itself, but a very important tool to improve our understanding of an increasingly complex, interdependent and fast-evolving world, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 4-April-2013

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    OECD Work on Statistics

    Explore OECD data using new tools that allow you to uncover structures and reveal the stories hidden in the statistics.

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  • 3-April-2013

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    National Accounts of OECD Countries - Financial Accounts and Financial Balance Sheets

    The National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Accounts includes financial transactions and The National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Balance Sheets includes financial stocks.

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  • 28-March-2013

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    Human capital, tangible wealth, and the intangible capital residual

    Statistics Working Paper N. 51 - 2013/2 - Since income is the return on wealth, the total wealth of any given country should be on the order of 20 times its GDP. Instead the average observed ratio from the balance sheet accounts of the System of National Accounts (SNA) is a factor of 2.6 to 6.6, depending on whether natural resource stocks are included in the balance sheet.

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  • 26-March-2013

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    More than the sum of their parts: valuing environmental quality by combining life satisfaction surveys and GIS data

    Statistics Working Paper N. 50 - 2013/1 - While environmental economics studies using stated life satisfaction data have been gaining attention, much of this body of work remains exploratory. In this study we contribute to this body of research by combining OECD data from 4 European countries on life satisfaction and perceptions of environmental quality to provide a broad picture of the environmental determinants of life satisfaction...

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  • 22-March-2013

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    Cyclical Analysis and Composite Indicators System (CACIS), OECD

    The OECD Cyclical Analysis and Composite Indicators System (CACIS) is a program for both cyclical analysis and compilation and study of composites indicators.

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  • 20-March-2013

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    OECD releases first comprehensive guidelines on measuring subjective well-being

    The OECD has taken a major step forward in measuring how we feel about our lives. Newly released Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being establish the first comprehensive framework for internationally comparable and intellectually robust data on this topic.

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  • 20-March-2013

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    OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being

    Being able to measure people’s quality of life is fundamental when assessing the progress of societies. There is now widespread acknowledgement that measuring subjective well-being is an essential part of measuring quality of life alongside other social and economic dimensions. As a first step to improving the measures of quality of life, the OECD has produced Guidelines which provide advice on the collection and use of measures of subjective well-being.  These Guidelines have been produced as part of the OECD Better Life Initiative, a pioneering project launched in 2011, with the objective to measure society’s progress across eleven domains of well-being, ranging from jobs, health and housing, through to civic engagement and the environment.

    These Guidelines represent the first attempt to provide international recommendations on collecting, publishing, and analysing subjective well-being data. They provide guidance on collecting information on people's evaluations and experiences of life, as well as on collecting “eudaimonic” measures of psychological well-being. The Guidelines also outline why measures of subjective well-being are relevant for monitoring and policy making, and why national statistical agencies have a critical role to play in enhancing the usefulness of existing measures. They identify the best approaches for measuring, in a reliable and consistent way, the various dimensions of subjective well-being, and provide guidance for reporting on such measures. The Guidelines also include a number of prototype survey modules on subjective well-being that national and international agencies can use in their surveys.

  • 20-February-2013

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    Can big data deliver on its promise?

    By Martine Durand, Director, OECD Directorate of Statistics - Technological and social innovations are resulting in huge flows of new data every day. This proliferation of so-called “big data” has the potential to change the way information is collected and used to inform policymaking.

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  • 13-February-2013

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    Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services

    The Manual on Statistics of International Trade in Services 2010 (MSITS 2010) - the first issue was published in 2002 - is a joint publication of seven agencies: the UN, EC, IMF, OECD, UNCTAD, UNWTO and WTO. It addresses a growing demand from governments, businesses and analysts for more relevant, detailed and internationally comparable statistics on services trade.

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