Working Papers


  • 11-April-2017

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    A primer on government-sponsored pension schemes in the national accounts and their impact on the interpretation of government debt statistics

    Statistics Working Paper N. 81, 2017/5 - Government debt has many characteristics and thus cannot be fully captured by one indicator. There are several different ways of defining government debt, and each definition can lead to different interpretations of a government’s financial situation. This working paper will summarise some of the major differences in defining and measuring government debt and, based on available data, ...

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  • 16-March-2017

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    Estimating transport and insurance costs of international trade

    Statistics Working Paper N. 80, 2017/4 - Combining the largest and most detailed cross-country sample of official national statistics on explicit CIF-FOB margins to date with estimates from an econometric gravity model, and using a novel approach to pool product codes across HS vintages, this paper presents the new OECD Database on International Transport and Insurance Costs (ITIC) and describes the methodology used in its construction.

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  • 13-March-2017

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    Governance statistics in OECD countries and beyond: What exists, and what would be required to assess their quality?

    Statistics Working Paper N. 79, 2017/3 - This paper provides a first assessment of the range of governance statistics that are available in OECD countries.

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  • 31-January-2017

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    Decoupling of wages from productivity: Macro-level facts

    OECD Economics Department Working Papers, N. 1373 - Over the past two decades, aggregate labour productivity growth in most OECD countries has decoupled from real median compensation growth, implying that raising productivity is no longer sufficient to raise real wages for the typical worker. This paper provides a quantitative description of decoupling in OECD countries over the past two decades...

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  • 16-January-2017

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    Inequalities in longevity by education in OECD countries: Insights from new OECD estimates

    Statistics Working Paper N. 78, 2017/2 - This paper assesses inequality in longevity across education and gender groups in 23 OECD countries around 2011.

  • 15-January-2017

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    Has the labour share declined? It depends

    Statistics Working Paper N. 77, 2017/1 - We revisit the issue of how best to measure the labour and capital shares in OECD economies, distinguishing between production- and income-based perspectives. The former adopts a producer perspective with gross income as a reference: it uses a production function in a market setting.

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