Thailand’s achievements and challenges as it aspires to become an inclusive high-income country

By Hidekatsu Asada, Head of South East Asia Desk, and Vincent Koen, Head of Division, Economics Department From a feudal trading hub connecting South with East Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries, Thailand has developed into a rapidly modernising and more urban economy. The second half of the 20th century saw the rapid expansion … More Thailand’s achievements and challenges as it aspires to become an inclusive high-income country

A new perspective on inequality: The income distribution across advanced countries

By Mikkel Hermansen, Economist, OECD Economics Department What is the relevant perspective for evaluating people’s living standards in advanced countries? According to standard assessments of inequality it is fellow citizens within the country. In a recent paper (Hermansen, 2017), I argue that an interpersonal income distribution across advanced countries can provide a useful complement to … More A new perspective on inequality: The income distribution across advanced countries

Tunisie: relancer le processus de convergence économique et le mettre au service de tous les tunisiens

Par Isabelle Joumard et Christine de La Maisonneuve, Bureau Tunisie, Département des affaires économiques La Tunisie s’est engagée dans un processus de démocratisation qu’il faut soutenir par des réformes économiques pour assurer une amélioration du niveau de vie de tous les tunisiens. La capacité des citoyens à participer à la vie politique a fortement progressé … More Tunisie: relancer le processus de convergence économique et le mettre au service de tous les tunisiens

Tunisia: reviving the process of economic convergence for the benefit of all Tunisians

by Isabelle Joumard and Christine de La Maisonneuve, Tunisia Desk, Economics Department Tunisia is firmly committed to a process of democratisation that needs underpinning by economic reforms in order to guarantee an improved standard of living for all Tunisians. There has been a significant increase in citizens’ capacity to participate in political life, and female … More Tunisia: reviving the process of economic convergence for the benefit of all Tunisians

Statistical Insights: New OECD-WTO data provides coherent and comprehensive view of Global Trade in Services 

by Fabienne Fortanier,  Head of Trade Statistics Section, Trade and Competitiveness Statistics Division, OECD Statistics and Data Directorate. Services comprise a growing share of international trade. Yet detailed statistics on which countries trade which services with which partners remain patchy. Although worldwide, almost all countries provide an estimate of total trade in services as part of … More Statistical Insights: New OECD-WTO data provides coherent and comprehensive view of Global Trade in Services 

To fear or not to fear the future of work? Opportunities, disruptions and policy challenges

By Dorothée Rouzet, Senior Economist, OECD Economics Department Rapid technological change – from digitalisation to artificial intelligence, 3D printing and nanomaterials – is transforming the way goods and services are produced and consumed. It will have profound implications for the dynamics of productivity, jobs, investment and trade over the next 10 to 15 years.  A … More To fear or not to fear the future of work? Opportunities, disruptions and policy challenges

Child benefits and female labour supply – the case of Poland

by Nicola Brandt, Polish Desk, OECD Economics Department In 2016 the Polish government introduced a large new child benefit, called “Family 500+”, with the aim to increase fertility from a low level and reduce child poverty. The benefit is universal for the second and every further child and means-tested for the first child. It more … More Child benefits and female labour supply – the case of Poland

Towards an innovative and inclusive economy in Poland

by Nicola Brandt and Pierre Guérin,  Poland Desk, OECD Economics Department The Polish economy is in a strong position. Economic growth reached 4.6% on average in 2017 and the OECD expects it to continue at around 4% over 2018/19. A good external environment, with a solid recovery in the euro area, and the child benefits … More Towards an innovative and inclusive economy in Poland

The key to breaking cycle of poverty in Israel lies in education

By Gabriel Machlica and Claude Giorno, Israel Desk, Economics Department Inequality and relative poverty in Israel remain high, particularly among Arab-Israelis and Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox). Israel’s social policy follows a “welfare-to-work” approach to tackle poverty in order to avoid measures that may harm work incentives among the Haredi, who value the time dedicated to religious studies, … More The key to breaking cycle of poverty in Israel lies in education

Getting stronger, but tensions are rising

By Álvaro Pereira, OECD Acting Chief Economist The global economic expansion is strengthening. Global growth is projected to increase from 3.7% in 2017 to around 4% in 2018 and 2019 in our latest Interim Economic Outlook. In many advanced and emerging G-20 economies, the growth prospects for the next two years have improved. Global trade … More Getting stronger, but tensions are rising