Working Papers


  • 21-October-2009

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    How good is trust? Measuring trust and its role for the progress of societies

    Statistics Working Paper N. 29 - 2009/3 - This paper investigates the notion and role of trust in modern societies as a first step towards the construction of indicators that could better inform our understanding of societal progress. Trust is commonly viewed as a proxy indicator of social capital, and a high level of trust is considered a factor that can enhance economic growth and social well-being. Indicators of trust inform about

  • 26-February-2009

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    The Final Financial Investment of French Households

    Statistics Working Paper N. 28 - 2009/2 - This working paper analyses the “final financial instruments” in which French households’ financial savings are invested by making transparent their intermediated investments with mutual funds and life insurance corporations.

  • 25-February-2009

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    Do financial systems converge? New evidence from household financial assets in selected OECD countries

    Statistics Working Paper N. 27 - 2009/1 - Many authors underlined the convergence of financial structures towards a model which combines elements of the Anglo Saxon one, where markets prevail, with characteristics of the continental European systems, where intermediaries are predominant. The goal of this paper is to study financial systems convergence through the lens of household asset allocation. We analyze ó and â convergence of

  • 25-March-2008

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    The OECD System of Unit Labour Cost and Related Indicators

    Statistics Working Paper N. 26 - 2008/4 - This paper outlines in detail the methodology and statistical processes used for compiling the outputs of the OECD System of Unit Labour Cost and Related Indicators. This new System has been developed by the OECD in response to concerns from the international community of economic analysts on the limited availability of internationally comparable data concerning labour costs, particularly in

  • 12-February-2008

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    Globalisation in Services: From Measurement to Analysis

    Statistics Working Paper N. 25 - 2008/3/REV1 - This paper provides new estimates of international trade in services for mode 3 (foreign affiliates' sales in a host country) for four major OECD countries, thanks to the harmonisation of FATS statistics with conventional international trade ones (trade recorded in the balances of payments - modes 1 and 2), using the CEPII's exhaustive CHELEM-BAL database. The results show that sales by

  • 28-January-2008

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    A Framework for Addressing and Measuring Entrepreneurship

    Statistics Working Paper N. 24 - 2008/2 - In recent years entrepreneurship has become a buzzword that‘s entered the mainstream. Politicians continuously cite its importance and the need to create more entrepreneurial societies, and newspapers and television programmes frequently create themes around successful entrepreneurs. But, the pursuit and development of policies related to entrepreneurship are often hampered by the limited,

  • 28-January-2008

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    Defining Entrepreneurial Activity: Definitions Supporting Frameworks for Data Collection

    Statistics Working Paper N. 23 - 2008/1 - This paper sets out definitions of the entrepreneur, entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial activity for the purpose of supporting the development of related indicators. The paper recognises the long history in this area and the contention and differences that have existed, and that continue to exist, between academics who have confronted this issue over the last two centuries. It deliberately

  • 13-June-2007

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    Statistics and Politics in a "Knowledge Society"

    Statistics Working Paper N. 22 - 2007/2 - Several studies have analysed the characteristics of the knowledge society, as well as its impact on the production of "official" statistics. In this paper we will not enter into this debate, but we will try to analyse the role of statistics in building a knowledge society and improving the democratic control of policy makers. This issue is especially important because the development of

  • 25-May-2007

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    Current period performance of OECD Composite Leading Indicators (CLIs) - Revision analysis of CLIs for OECD Member countries

    Statistics Working Paper N. 21 - 2007/1 - This paper presents a comprehensive analysis of the current period performance of the OECD composite leading indicators (CLIs) for 21 OECD Member countries and three zone aggregates (OECD area, Euro area and Major Seven countries) for which CLIs are available for a longer time period. The revisions analysis of OECD CLIs is similar to those recently undertaken by the Organisation for a range of

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