OECD Factbook 2009 focuses on inequality


How equitable is access to health and education in OECD countries?  How wide are the differences in economic performance between regions? To what extent do government benefits and taxes reduce poverty?


The data needed to answers such questions can be found in the OECD’s Factbook 2009, an annual digest of economic, social and environmental statistics. This year the special feature is inequality.


The Factbook includes more  than 160 major indicators overall. In addition to data for OECD countries, the latest edition provides a broad range of statistics for other major world economies such as India, China and Brazil. Among the topics covered are:

  • Population and migration trends
  • Economic growth rates, trade and globalisation
  • Prices, purchasing power and taxation
  • Energy supply and oil prices
  • Employment and unemployment rates and trends
  • Spending on research and development
  • Communication and internet access
  • Environmental indicators and trends
  • Government debt and public spending on education, health, law and order, defence, and infrastructure
  • Health and quality of life.

The Factbook includes country statistics for all OECD countries plus those involved in enhanced engagement and accession - more than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas providing comparative data.


The Factbook is central to a long-term OECD programme on using statistics to measure and foster progress  in our societies. Identifying the most accurate and meaningful data is becoming an increasing challenge for policy-makers and citizens faced with the often bewildering mass of information available today.


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