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Latest issue: N. 77, DECEMBER 2022  


In this issue

Monitoring climate-related hazards and their impacts (OECD Enviroment Directorate); Beyond the bottom line: Measuring the non-financial performance of firms through the lens of the OECD Well-being Framework (OECD Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE)); What drives trust in public institutions? Results and learnings from the first OECD Trust Survey (Public Governance Directorate); To leave or not to leave: How are the world’s largest MNEs responding to the war in Ukraine? (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate) and more.







Previous issues 

Issues published in 2021 | 202020192018 2017201620152014 20132012 2011 - 2010 -  2009 - 2008 - 2007


2022 Issues

Issue 75 - July 2022
In this issue: Better child well-being policies with better data: New OECD Child Well-being Dashboard and updated Data Portal (OECD Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE); From ocean observations to public benefit: New horizons with OECD surveys (OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation);  A new near-real-time global database on CO2 emissions from air transport (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate).


2021 Issues

Issue 75 - December 2021
In this issue: The new OECD Municipal Migration Database Going Granular (OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities); Official statistics at the fingertips of Power BI users around the globe (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); New platform for smarter financing for development data (Paris21, OECD Statistics and Data Directorate).

Issue 74 - July 2021
In this issue: Drawing on machine learning in the quest for effective teaching and learning (Directorate for Education and Skills); Distribution of household income, consumption and saving in line with national accounts (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); Improving the quality of foreign aid data through machine learning (Development Co-operation Directorate and the Digital, Knowledge and Information Service).

2020 Issues

Issue 73 - December 2020
In this issue: Has COVID-19 distorted international comparability of unemployment rates? (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); All you need is trust: informing the role of government in the COVID-19 context (OECD Directorate for Public Governance); Updating the 2008 System of National Accounts: a major endeavour (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); A data-driven decade of action: making financing for development data smarter (Paris21, OECD Statistics and Data Directorate).

Issue 72 - July 2020
In this issue: Three ways a well-being lens can aid COVID-19 recovery (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); Using commercial data sources to project foreign direct investment flows during the COVID-19 pandemic (OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs); Communicating COVID-19: what are NSOs doing? (Paris21, OECD Statistics and Data Directorate). 

2019 Issues

Issue 71 - December 2019
In this issue: Gimme affordable shelter: building an OECD housing strategy (OECD Economics Department); It’s time for a change! (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); Identifying environmentally related tax revenues in revenue statistics (OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration); Measuring international trade price indices (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); SEEA experimental ecosystem accounting: towards mainstreaming ecosystems into policy and decision-making (United Nations, Statistics Netherlands and OECD).

Issue 70 - June 2019
In this issue: Falling ill. Struggling to make ends meet. Having enough money in old age. (Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD); How’s Life in the Digital Age? (Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD); How far are OECD countries from achieving the SDGs? (Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD); Statistical Capacity Outlook and Monitor: Two new tools to track progress towards the development of SDG data in low-income countries (Paris21, OECD).


2018 Issues

Issue 69 - December 2018
In this issue: If we measure the wrong thing, we will do the wrong thing (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); International productivity gaps: Are labour input measures comparable? (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate); Developing digital economy satellite accounts for macro-economic statistics (OECD Statistics and Data Directorate).


Issue 68 - July 2018
In this issues: The 2018 OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators (Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD); Gender in Global Value Chains: how does trade aff ect male and female employment? (Statistics and Data Directorate, OECD); Private philanthropy for development: how much, for whom, and for what purpose? Highlights from a recent data survey (Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD); Innovation in open-source software: the case of R (Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD).


2017 Issues

Issue 67 - November 2017
In this issue: How’s Life? 2017 (OECD); Development Co-operation Report 2017: Bringing data to the centre of development policy (PARIS21, OECD); Highlights from EIGE's third edition of the Gender Equality Index European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE); How Good is Your Job? (OECD); The European Commission releases the first ever edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor to support urban policies and investments (JRC, EC).


Issue 66 - June 2017
In this issue: Management and productivity: New evidence from manufacturing businesses in Great Britain (Statistics UK); How to measure global statistical literacy? (PARIS21, OECD Statistics Directorate); EIGE’s gender statistics database ( European Institute for Gender Equality); Generating good practices for the follow-up to the 2030 Agenda: the Colombian experience (Statistics Colombia). 


2016 Issues

Issue 65 - November 2016
In this issue: Value of Official Statistics: Convincing our stakeholders, measuring value of statistics (UNECE, CSO Ireland and OECD); Implementing the 2015 OECD Frascati Manual to gain new insights on R&D (OECD); Official statistics and mobile network operator partner up in Belgium (Statistics Belgium, Proximus and Eurostat); Estimating the Transport and Insurance Costs of International Trade (OECD), Measuring Support to Statistics in Developing Countries (PARIS21).


Issue 64 - March 2016 (PDF) 
In this issue: Trust in the ABS and ABS Statistics – Five years on: A survey of informed users and the general community (2015) (ABS); Towards merchandise trade statistics without asymmetries (OECD); Measuring Job Quality: new data show the importance of quality as much as quantity (OECD); Got a question on international education? Ask the Education GPS (OECD).


2015 Issues

Issue 63 - September (PDF)
In this issue: G-20 Data Gaps Initiative (DGI): a second phase (IMF and OECD); Statistical Information System (SIS) collaboration community workshop 2015: Beyond .Stat; fostering an innovation ecosystem (OECD); IARIW-OECD special conference on the future of national accounts: “W(h)ither the SNA?” (OECD); Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2015 (OECD).


Issue 62 - May (PDF)
In this issue: Constructing structural earnings statistics from administrative datasets: Structure of earnings survey – Administrative data project (Central Statistics Office, Ireland); A new OECD Database on the Distribution of Household Wealth soon to be released, (OECD); The OECD Inter-Country Input-Output Database (OECD); Towards a better understanding of people’s perceptions of income inequality (OECD); The 2015 OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators (OECD).


2014 Issues

Issue 61 - September 2014 (PDF)

In this issue: Georeferential solutions to meet user needs for statistics (Statistics Lithuania); How's Life? 2013 (OECD Statistics Directorate); OECD Regional Well-Being (OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate); Ten principles in two minutes (Statistics Canada); Diploma in Official Statistics: First Class Graduates! (Central Statistics Office, Ireland)


Issue 60 - January 2014  (PDF)

In this issue: Assessing a Combined Survey Strategy and the Impact of Response Rate on the Measurement of Innovation Activity in Norway (Statistics Norway); The 2013 OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators (OECD); 2013 International Seminar on National Accounts: Globalisation and Its Impact on Economic Statistics (Statistics Korea); Working Party on Financial Statistics (WPFS) and Working Party on National Accounts (WPNA) (OECD); Statistics Latvia: A Metadata Driven Statistical Production System (Statistics Latvia).


2013 Issues

Issue 59 - September 2013 (PDF)

In this issue: New land use statistics for Norway (Statistics Norway); Current developments of supply and demand in the labour market in Israel (Central Bureau of Statistics of Israel); Measuring entrepreneurship: improving timeliness (OECD); Going global (Central Statistics Office Ireland).


Issue 58 - February 2013 (PDF)

In this issue: Outcomes of the 4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy: Measuring Well-Being for Development and Policy Making, (OECD); Highlights from the 2012 OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators (OECD); Statistics Luxembourg Celebrates its 50th Anniversary; Processing of Election Results is Accelerating all the Time (Czech Statistical Office); International Seminar on National Accounts in 2012: Implementation of the 2008 SNA in Asia and the Pacific Region and Its Challenges (Bank of Korea)


2012 Issues

Issue 57 - October 2012 (PDF)
In this issue: Re-engineering the Japanese Statistical System (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan); Be a Part of the Future ABS: Collaborating with the Public to Enhance the Future of ABS Online (ABS); A Long-Standing Statistical Cooperation Program with China (Statistics Canada);  Some Findings Based on Option Prices during the Financial Crisis (ECB); Conclusions from OECD SDMX Experts Meeting, Paris 13th - 14th September 2012 (OECD); OECD Financial Dashboard (OECD); MOFCOM-WTO-UNCTAD-OECD Conference on Global Value Chains in the 21st Century: Policy Implications on Trade, Investment, Statistics and Developing Countries - 19th-20th September 2012, Beijing (OECD).

Issue 56 - July 2012 (PDF)
In this issue: Measuring Trust in Official Statistics: New Model OECD Questionnaire (OECD); Nowcasting Procedures in Austria for Estimating Research & Development (Statistics Austria); 4th OECD World  Forum “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy” (OECD); Making Stats Fun (ABS); Seasonal Adjustment: How the OECD is Implementing DEMETRA+ (OECD).

Issue 55 - March 2012 (PDF)
Measuring Well-Being and Fostering Progress; an Asia-Pacific Perspective (OECD); New European Indicators to Supplement the Unemployment Rate (Eurostat); Improving Official Statistics in Cambodia (Statistics Japan);Enhancements on ECB MFI Interest Rate Statistics; Recent Foreign Direct Investment Trends (OECD).


2011 Issues

Issue 54 - December 2011
In this issue: Measuring Multi-Factor Productivity by Industry: Methodology and First Results from the OECD Productivity Database; New ECB Statistics on Securitisation; The Relationship between Quarterly and Annual Growth Rates (Statistics Canada); International Seminar on the New Framework for Economic Statistics: Global Standards and Implementation (Bank of Korea); New ECB Statistics on Euro Area Insurance Corporations and Pension Funds

Issue 53 - September 2011
In this issue: Nuclear Energy: Nuclear Development in the Light of Fukushima; The Case of the Missing Tax Data (Statistics Netherlands); Modernisation of Statistical Production in Switzerland: End of a Long Journey in Sight; Current Price Topics: The Impact of the European Debt Crisis on U.S. Import Prices; Turkish Statistical Institute: Strategic Plan; GENESIS-Online: The Internet-Database of the Federal Statistical Office of Germany

Issue 52 - July 2011
In this issue: The OECD Better Life Initiative; The Environmental Goods and Services Sector (EGSS): A New approach to the Environment Industry; Francisco Labbé – The New National Director (INE - Chile); Backcasting Using Conversion Matrices: Towards a Tool for Error Estimation; Statistics Estonia Celebrates its 90th Anniversary; Polish EU Presidency

Issue 51 - April 2011
In this issue: The Performance of the OECD’s Composite Leading Indicator during the 2007 Financial Crisis, Different measures of economic activity: Physical quantity, current dollars, and volume, Selling to Foreign Markets: a Portrait of OECD Exporters, Development aid reaches an historic high in 2010


2010 Issues

Issue 50 - November 2010
In this issue: The Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia; Labour Costs in India’s Organised Manufacturing Sector,The Central Bureau of Statistics of Israel, Measuring trust in official statistics: The Australian experience, Charting International Labour Comparisons, 2010 Edition, Education at a Glance 2010: OECD Indicators.

Issue 49 - July 2010

In the latest issue: Chile: National Statistical Institute (INE); US Federal Reserve Board: Survey of On-line Data Dissemination Practices for Government and International Statistics; Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies: New Concepts; Monitoring Greener Growth: OECD Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy; OECD Factbook 2010 Focuses on Causes and Consequences of the Crisis.

Issue 48 - April 2010

In the latest issue:  Statistics Netherlands: Analysing the Sources of Change in Educational Expenditure: A Decomposition Analysis;  New ECB Statistics on Euro Area Investment Funds; The Global Project for Measuring the Progress of Societies: Wikiprogress; Statistics Sweden: Towards Efficient Statistical Data Editing: the Swedish Experience; Statistics Canada: Seasonal Adjustment and Identifying Economic Trends.

Issue 47 - January 2010 - in this issue: USDA: Improving Federal Statistical Agency Programs through a Cooperative Research Partnership; IMF: Addressing Data Gaps in the Light of the Recent Financial Crisis; Measuring Entrepreneurship, ECSB RENT XXIII Conference; International Conference on Public Service Measurement; Well-being in Ecuador and Driving Change, Transport Seminar, Dublin, 2009.


2009 Issues:

Issue 46 - October 2009  - in this issue: Stiglitz-Sen Commission: Report on the measurement of economic performance and social progress; UNSD's role in coordinating a global statistical response to the economic and financial crisis; Paris 21: Towards a new commitment on statistical development; Voorburg Group on Service Statistics: Update from the 2009 meeting in Oslo, Norway; Statistics Netherlands: Visual tools for statistical storytelling; Statistics New Zealand: Measuring progress using a sustainable development approach. 

Issue 45 - June 2009 - in this issue:  Five steps toward better data on international migration, Building synergies between official statistics and private source data, Query wizard for international development statistics, The present, challenges and future of China’s statistical system, Information economy product definitions based on the central product classification

Issue 44 - March 2009 - in this issue:  SDMX Global Conference; New Balance of Payments Manual;  Measuring Entrepreneurship: a Digest of Indicators, the OECD-Eurostat Entrepreneurship Indicators Program. 


2008 Issues

Issue 43 - December 2008 - in this issue:  OECD eXplorer; First Meeting of the WP on Trade in Goods and Services; the ECB Inflation Dashboard; ISIC Rev. 4 Officially Released; plus Human Capital: From “Counting” to “Accounting”. 

Issue 42 - October 2008 - in this issue: The Inconvenient Truth about Climate Statistics; Remittances sent by recent immigrants in Canada; Update of the 1993 System of National Accounts; UNCTAD launches Global Databank on World Trade in Creative Products; New OECD Dataset on Patents by Regions; Release of OECD Health Data 2008 plus Working long-hours in New Zealand.

Issue 41 - June 2008 - in this issue:  the Database on Immigrants in OECD Countries (DIOC) : A new tool to address the challenges of international migration; Fourth ECB Statistics Conference, April 2008; Survey of Dynamics and Motivations for Migration in New Zealand; World Bank project to support the reform of the State Statistical System of Ukraine; Nine new countries added to the OECD System of Unit Labour Cost and Related Indicators; Implementation of the ESA95 in Turkey and the 1998-2006 historical revision, Extract of the official note from TurkStat; plus The Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (IMF).

Issue 40 - March 2008 - in this issue: Wikigender: Initiating a bottom-up dialogue on gender statistics; 20th International Round Table on Business Survey Frames; The Eurostat-OECD Manual on Business Demography Statistics; Business Statistics Seminar, Dublin, 26 February 2008; A new way to visualize IMF data and Independence beckons for statistics in the United Kingdom.

Issue 39 - January 2008 - In this issue: OECD Enlargement: The Role of Statistics; Newly Released Tables on International Trade in Services; New Principal European Economic Indicators Web Page; Newly Released Quarterly National Accounts datasets for non-member economies; plus the International Statistical Literacy Competition of the IASE/ISLP.  


2007 Issues

Issue 38 - October 2007- In this issue: OECD Main Economic Indicators Interactive Website; Non-Profit Contribution to GDP Enormous;  8th International Trade Statistics Expert meeting and OECD-Eurostat Trade-in-Services Statistics meeting; International Comparisons of Harmonized Indexes of Consumer Prices; Working Party on Financial Statistics and Working Party on National Accounts

Issue 37 - July 2007- In this issue: OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy, Istanbul, 27-30 June 2007; Meeting of the OECD Committee on Statistics, Geneva, 13-14 June 2007, Main conclusions; OECD announces release of OECD Health Data 2007 database; Implementing a Statistical data warehouse:  The case for a string partnership
Issue 36 - April 2007 - In this issue: Launch of the OECD System of Unit Labour Cost Indicators; The SME Policy Index, a tool to evaluate SME policy development in the Western Balkan economies; OECD - ISTAT seminar on dynamic graphic; Exploiting the value of innovation survey micro-data for policy making:  an international project; Measuring biotechnology; Is happiness measurable and what do those measures mean for policy?

Issue 35 - February 2007 - In this issue: Implementing the OECD Statistics Strategy for 2007-2008; Improving Public Confidence in Inflation Measures; SDMX conference in Washington 9-11 January 2007; Entrepreneurship Indicators Steering Group, Summary Record of the 1st Session, Rome, Italy, 5-6 December 2006


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