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  • 2-February-2007


    OECD Annual Statistics on Households’ Assets

    Purposes of the dataset:The elaboration of a more precise nomenclature of households' financial assets and the collection of more detailed information constitute an attempt to better identify and analyze households' wealth in OECD countries. The objective of the sub-classification of assets AF.52, AF611 and AF612 is to identify the relative importance of the various types of assets, classified according to the increasing risk. The

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  • 31-December-2006


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  • 14-May-2006

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    The OECD Statistics Brief No.11 May 2006 - Alternative Measures of Well-being

    The OECD, in common with many other organisations, has normally measured material living standards in member countries in terms of the level and growth of gross domestic product (GDP). But clearly, policy makers do not focus single-mindedly on GDP. They rather seek to enhance the overall well-being of citizens, today and in the future, taking into account other factors such as distributional concerns and environmental quality.

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  • 23-March-2006

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    Estimates of the unrecorded economy and national accounts - Declaration of the Inter-secretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA), January 2006

    Following the publication of several studies on estimates of the underground economy, the international organisations that co-signed the well known "SNA 93" drafted this official declaration.

  • 23-March-2006


    Measuring the Non-Observed Economy - A Handbook

    The non-observed economy comprises production activities that are illegal, underground, informal, or otherwise missed by the statistical system. Unless efforts are made to deal with such activities, economic indicators are under estimated. This c...

  • 4-July-2005

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    The OECD Statistics Brief N. 9, July 2005 - The Comparability of International Migration Statistics: Problems and Prospects

    The lack of comparability of international migration statistics is well known. It was with this in mind that the revision of the UN recommendations on international migration statistics (UN 1998) was undertaken in the mid 1990s, little progress having been achieved in harmonisation over the previous twenty years. Still, despite the rather pragmatic approach adopted for the 1998 revision, progress in improving the comparability of the

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  • 9-June-2004

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    The OECD Statistics Brief N. 8, June 2004 - Comparison of Household Saving Ratios: Euro area/United States/Japan

    More and more analysts tend to compare the three largest economic regions: the euro area, the United States and Japan. One of the occupational hazards for analysts is that international comparisons of statistics are still fraught with some difficulties. Despite the existence of well-developed international standards for national accounts, namely the System of National Accounts 1993 (SNA 93), in practice international comparisons are

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  • 20-December-2003


    OECD Capital Services Estimates: Methodology and a First Set of Results

    Statistics Working Paper N. 9 - 2003/6 - This paper presents the concepts underlying capital services measures, describes estimation methods and produces a first set of results. It also raises a number of outstanding conceptual issues in relation to capital services measures.

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  • 18-December-2003


    Comparing Labour Productivity Growth in the OECD Area: The Role of Measurement

    Statistics Working Paper N 8 - 2003/5 - This paper examines how measurement problems affect international comparisons of labour productivity. It suggests that these measurement problems do not significantly affect the assessment of aggregate productivity patterns in the OECD area. However, these problems do influence the more detailed assessment of productivity growth, notably the role of specific sectors and demand components in

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