Israel is a Prosperous but Radically Unequal... →
One of the first OECD reports I’ve seen based on Israel, a new member country as of May 2010, and its economic inequality.
Malaysia applies for OECD member status →
OECD urges Japan to raise Sales tax
In the wake of the magnitude-9 earthquake in Japan last month, the Japanese government has been reluctant to raise tax rates due to the widespread devastation and economic panic caused by the quake and its subsequent tsunami. However, the OECD has been looking more forward. In its regular economic survey on Japan, the OECD asserts that while production may fall in the short term, the long term...
Unemployment may linger
The OECD released a report today (summarized here in the Wall Street Journal) that expressed concern with the risk that unemployment rates may linger at their current highs as OECD member economies attempt to recover. Many, if not most, OECD member countries’ unemployment rates have lifted by at least 2% since the economic crisis. The UK, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and the US have...
OECD Video Competition Winners have been... →
In the wake of our February talk with Mr. Andreas Woergoetter (head of OECD Economics Division), this article from Bloomberg discusses the OECD’s arguments for developing tighter fiscal policies in Estonia. The article explains that Estonia, who adopted the Euro just this past January, should adopt spending ceilings and a regulatory mechanism to help moderate the effects of economic cycles....
While most Americans view Canada as a fairly safe and reputable country, the latest OECD report notes that Canadian firms might display more indicators of corruption than one would normally assume. I found this article, referencing accounting and auditing firm Ernst & Young’s concern that Canadian firms might be exposed to increased fraud investigation as a result of the OECD report. ...
Who works the longest?
This article summarizes the OECD’s publication Society at a Glance, released on Tuesday. Society at a Glance looks at social trends and policy developments in OECD countries. Using indicators taken from the larger OECD databases and other sources, it demonstrates how societies are changing over time and compared with other countries. This article specifically examines a chapter that looks...
this is a fun one →
This is a fun one! I very rarely come across a secondary source talking about the OECD, its history, and its role in global politics. Here, the Telegraph is trying to make my job easier. Love it! Definitely check out this link.
UAE and OECD →
This article discusses recent UAE efforts to build a stronger relationship with the OECD, hoping to decrease their dependence on oil revenues and diversify their international trading prospects.
Spending too much or taxing to little?
To continue our discussion on tax, this article from The Economist attempts to break down the changes in OECD member country deficits by discussing additional spending and lowering taxes in the wake of the Great Recession. Countries like Hungary have been spending less and taxing more, where as the United States has been spending more and taxing less. How better to balance the budget? ...