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Growth and productivity are on the policy agenda in most OECD countries. Recent OECD work has highlighted large diversities in growth and productivity as well as a range of policies that could enhance them.
Statistics Working Paper N 8 - 2003/5 - This paper examines how measurement problems affect international comparisons of labour productivity. It suggests that these measurement problems do not significantly affect the assessment of aggregate productivity patterns in the OECD area. However, these problems do influence the more detailed assessment of productivity growth, notably the role of specific sectors and demand components in
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In this issue: "Making meaning ful comparisons among very different regions"; "How to measure territorial disparities?"; "How to measure geographic concentration?"; "The way forward" and "Glossary".
This Handbook is a practical manual on the design and implementation of business tendency surveys, on the interpretation of the results from such surveys and on their use for economic analysis and forecasting.
Statistics Working Paper N. 7 - 2003/4 - This paper provides, in a summary fashion, similarities and differences in the production accounts of Canada and the United States. The discussion is limited to those issues which affect the level of output, value added and GDP, both at the total economy level and by industry or sector, all at current prices. We have noted 27 issues, distributed under four broad headings: A). An examination of
This Statistics Directorate and Centre for Co-operation with Non-Members Working Paper N. 6 - 2003/3 contains a detailed description of the methodology used in the compilation of some key short-term economic statistics of China. The subjects covered are: national accounts, industrial production, commodity output, business tendency surveys, consumer sentiment surveys, construction, retail sales, labour, wages, prices, public finance,
By Enrico Giovannini, OECD Chief Statisticians. Comparability, reliability, accuracy: all are hallmarks of the OECD's renowned statistical databases. This is just as well, since good policy and business decisions depend on good numbers. But shou...
This Statistics Working Paper N. 5 - 2003/3 has been written as a contribution to the OECD e-government project launched in 2001, which explores how governments can best exploit information and communication technologies (ICT) to enhance good governance principles and achieve public policy goals. The paper highlights the way in which the collection, compilation and dissemination of statistics has changed dramatically as NSOs have
Statistics Working Paper 2003/2 - The objective of this paper is two fold: 1) present comparable results for household financial and non financial assets and liabilities for Europe, the USA and Japan,2) analyse the change in the composition of household gross ...
This Statistics Working Paper N. 3 - 2003/1 confirms that current estimates of software investment differ significantly between countries for pure statistical reasons, thus affecting the comparability of GDP.