OECD Yearbook 2011


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What is the state of world economy in 2011? How has the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes affected the future? What must be done to consolidate the recovery and bring in the reforms needed to avoid a similar crisis from happening again?

As the OECD marks its 50th anniversary, world leaders and top representatives from business, labour and civil society join OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and OECD experts to examine today’s pressing issues in this inaugural OECD Yearbook 2011:

  • How should global governance adapt to shifting wealth?
  • How can we restore public finances and achieve sustainable growth?
  • What must be done to improve skills and cut unemployment?
  • How can we rebuild public trust in our economies and institutions?
  • What sources of growth can best build a cleaner, more prosperous future?
  • How can development be better promoted in the new global context? 

In our special Leaders’ Forum, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán pay tribute to the OECD’s achievements over the past 50 years and lay out their vision for the organisation’s expanding role in addressing global challenges. 

The OECD’s original mission, to develop the best public policies to improve people’s lives the world over, is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago, and this inaugural OECD Yearbook 2011 offers a timely opportunity to examine where we stand and assess solutions for the way ahead. From restoring public finances and boosting jobs and skills, to strengthening governance and trust and tapping new sources of growth, OECD experts and well-known guests from business, labour, civil society and academia explore major issues that a lasting recovery depends on.

As a special feature for our 50th Anniversary, the OECD Yearbook presents country snapshots for 40 countries, with data and commentary from selected OECD publications reviewing progress over five decades in such areas as economic growth, employment, well-being and innovation.


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