Since entering the OECD 20 years ago, Korea has made a habit of being at the front of the class. You have led the OECD on several fronts, from R&D intensity, to university graduation rates, and the number of hi-tech firms operating at the technology frontier!
The invitation for Korea to join the OECD represented the culmination of 35 years of extraordinary growth, which transformed Korea into a major industrial power with a leading innovation capacity. Korea has been among our most rapidly growing members over the past two decades, achieving a GDP growth rate of 4.2%, double the OECD average, and boosting per capita income from 57% of the OECD average in 1996 to 87% in 2015.
The Secretary-General will open a seminar marking the 20th anniversary of Korea’s membership in the OECD. He will also deliver a keynote speech at the Seoul Economic-Democratisation Forum and meet with Korean President Geun-hye Park.
English, PDF, 865kb
The number of young people not in employment, education or training (NEETs) remains elevated in many countries since the crisis. This country note examines the characteristics of those at risk of being NEET in Korea with policies to help meet the challenge. It also includes many new youth-specific indicators on family formation, self-sufficiency, income and poverty, health and social cohesion.
Those in-depth studies of the health system of member countries focus on economic issues. They assess the performance of health systems in a comparative context, identify the main challenges faced by the country health system and put forward policy options to better meet them. Reviews are initiated at the request of the country to be examined and emphasis is placed on specific issues of key policy interest.
This reliable source of yearly data covers a wide range of statistics on international trade of OECD countries and provides detailed data in value by commodity and by partner country. Each of the first five volumes of International Trade by Commodity Statistics contains the tables for six countries, published in the order in which they become available. The sixth volume also includes the OECD country groupings OECD Total and EU28-Extra. Detailed tables relating to the Harmonised System HS 2012 classification, are published for Sections and Divisions (one- and two- digit).
The OECD/Korea Policy Centre fosters the exchange of technical information and policy experiences relating to the Asia Pacific region in areas such as health statistics, pension reforms and social policy and expenditure.
English, PDF, 526kb
Compared to many other OECD countries, Korea’s labour market weathered the global crisis very well. The unemployment rate has remained low, hovering between 3.5% and 4%. At 3.7% in May 2016, Korea’s unemployment rate was the third lowest rate (after Iceland and Japan) in the OECD.
This database provides information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and a number of other countries. Developed in co-operation between the OECD and the European Environment Agency.
The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for conference sponsorship and research fellowships for funding in 2017 has CLOSED. The CRP supports work on sustainable use of natural resources in agriculture, forests, fisheries and food production.