Working Papers


  • 21-July-2017

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    Can potential mismeasurement of the digital economy explain the post-crisis slowdown in GDP and productivity growth?

    Statistics Working Paper N. 85, 2017/9 - The digital economy has created some new measurement challenges for macroeconomic statistics and may have exacerbated some older ones, raising some concerns about the scope and estimation of GDP. Against a backdrop of slowing rates of measured productivity growth, this has raised questions about the conceptual basis of GDP and output...

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  • 18-July-2017

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    Indicators on global value chains: a guide for empirical work

    Statistics Working Paper N. 84, 2017/8 - Traditionally, the main source of data used to measure countries’ participation in international production networks or global value chains (GVCs) has been conventional international trade statistics. However, international fragmentation of production has weakened the analytic interpretability of these data as intermediate goods but also services cross borders...

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  • 6-July-2017

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    Time use surveys and experienced well-being in France and the United States

    Statistics Working Paper N. 83, 2017/7 - This paper presents results using data from the US and the French time use surveys, showing that the different approaches adopted by these two countries have quite different implications for the data collected.

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  • 5-May-2017

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    Access to new data sources for statistics: business models and incentives for the corporate sector

    Statistics Working Paper N. 82, 2017/6 - New data sources, commonly referred to as “Big Data”, have attracted growing interest from National Statistical Institutes. They have the potential to complement official and more conventional statistics used, for instance, to determine progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other targets. However...

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  • 11-April-2017

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    A primer on government-sponsored pension schemes in the national accounts and their impact on the interpretation of government debt statistics

    Statistics Working Paper N. 81, 2017/5 - Government debt has many characteristics and thus cannot be fully captured by one indicator. There are several different ways of defining government debt, and each definition can lead to different interpretations of a government’s financial situation. This working paper will summarise some of the major differences in defining and measuring government debt and, based on available data, ...

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  • 16-March-2017

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    Estimating transport and insurance costs of international trade

    Statistics Working Paper N. 80, 2017/4 - Combining the largest and most detailed cross-country sample of official national statistics on explicit CIF-FOB margins to date with estimates from an econometric gravity model, and using a novel approach to pool product codes across HS vintages, this paper presents the new OECD Database on International Transport and Insurance Costs (ITIC) and describes the methodology used in its construction.

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  • 13-March-2017

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    Governance statistics in OECD countries and beyond: What exists, and what would be required to assess their quality?

    Statistics Working Paper N. 79, 2017/3 - This paper provides a first assessment of the range of governance statistics that are available in OECD countries.

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  • 31-January-2017

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    Decoupling of wages from productivity: Macro-level facts

    OECD Economics Department Working Papers, N. 1373 - Over the past two decades, aggregate labour productivity growth in most OECD countries has decoupled from real median compensation growth, implying that raising productivity is no longer sufficient to raise real wages for the typical worker. This paper provides a quantitative description of decoupling in OECD countries over the past two decades...

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