Regional development


  • Regions at a Glance 2016

    OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national economic growth and well-being. This edition updates more than 40 region-by-region indicators to assess disparities within countries and their evolution over the past 15 years.

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  • National Urban Policies and Habitat III

    The OECD has been called upon to co-lead, together with UN-Habitat, Policy Unit 3 on “National Urban Policies” in the preparatory process of the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat III.

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  • Subnational Governments in OECD Countries: Key Data 2016

    This statistical brochure provides key data on subnational governments structure and finance in the 34 OECD member countries: number of subnational governments by level and municipal size, expenditure, including by economic function, investment, revenue, tax revenue, budget balance and debt.

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Countries need competitive dynamic regions to achieve their economic, social and environmental objectives. Regional development policies complement national macroeconomic and structural policies.

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 OECD work on the themes below contributes to the overall goal of reducing regional disparities and helping lagging regions to catch up. 

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Statistics and indicators


The OECD has developed statistical databases to answer the increasing demand for statistical information at the regional level.


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Urban development


Cities are important generators of wealth, employment and productivity growth and play a leading role in national economies.


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Rural development


Rural regions account for 75% of land and almost 25% of the population in OECD countries and require a wide range of economic policies for growth.

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Multi-level governance and public finance


Striking a balance between the interests, capacities and objectives of national and subnational levels is essential for effective public policy.


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Regional innovation


Innovation is an increasing source of growth in the OECD and  regions play a key role in untapping this potential for national growth. 


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Water Governance


Managing water is not only a question of resources, availability and money, but equally a matter of good governance.