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Life expectancy in the United States is lower than in most other OECD countries for several reasons, including poorer health-related behaviours and the highly fragmented nature of the US health system. The proportion of adults who smoke in the United States is among the lowest in OECD countries, but alcohol consumption is rising and obesity rate is the highest.
Access latest developments on regulatory policy in the United States and its score on the 2015 Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance, and the 1999 OECD review of regulatory reform in the United States and work related to governance and open government.
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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2015.
Doug Frantz has been appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. He will take up his functions on 1 November, 2015.
The Secretary-General attended the United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 agenda and the UN 2015 general assembly. He delivered remarks on strengthening global partnership for the post-2015 development agenda, participated in high-level events in the margins of the summit, and met with leaders and officials also in attendance.
In 2014, the United States provided USD 32.7 billion in net ODA (preliminary data), which represented 0.19% of gross national income (GNI) and a 2.3% increase in real terms from 2013. It is the 19th largest Development Assistance Committee (DAC) donor in terms of ODA as a percentage of GNI, and the largest donor by volume. The grant element of total ODA was 100% in 2013.
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It is often said that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Is the US still the best place to settle in?
Bilateral Agreements that have been signed to establish exchange of information for tax purposes.
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After rising steeply to a peak of 10% in the fall of 2009, the US unemployment rate has been slowly declining for more than five years. It was 5.3% in June, finally approaching it pre-crisis level of 4.8% seven and one-half years earlier. Unemployment has been even slower to decline in many other advanced countries as is reflected in the 7.0% OECD average.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.