New publications from OECD, June 2019

New OECD publications and statistics have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

OECD Economic Outlook 2019

OECD has launched the first 2019 issue of OECD Economic Outlook 2019, their twice-yearly analysis of world-wide economic trends and forecasts for the next two years.

The key take-aways from this first issue are identified as:

  • Global growth is stabilising at a low level
  • Key risks: trade tensions, China slowdown and high debt
  • Act now to boost opportunities

The full report can be found here, at the OECD iLibrary, accessible to WTO staff and patrons of the WTO Library.

New publications from OECD, May 2019

New OECD publications and statistics have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

SDGs and OECD Countries: Measuring Progress

OECD has launched a new publication to assess how far OECD countries are from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets 2019: An Assessment of Where OECD Countries Stand uses a methodology developed by the OECD based on UN SDG and OECD data to compare progress by OECD countries across SDG goals and targets.

 

The full report is available for review or download from the OECD website here: http://www.oecd.org/sdd/measuring-distance-to-the-sdg-targets-2019-a8caf3fa-en.htm

OECD Employment Outlook 2019

OECD has launched the latest edition of the OECD Employment Outlook.

 

According to the publication’s press release, “[t]he 2019 edition … presents new evidence on changes in job stability, underemployment and the share of well-paid jobs, and discusses the policy implications of these changes with respect to how technology, globalisation, population ageing, and other megatrends are transforming the labour market in OECD countries.”

 

The full publication is available online for consultation and download through the OECD iLibrary here: https://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/employment/oecd-employment-outlook-2019_9ee00155-en

 

 

OECD: Why government subsidies are bad for global competition

“As a global community, we also value fairness and competitiveness in international markets. The rules that govern international trade were created precisely to level the global playing field and ensure fair competition that drives innovation and benefits consumers. But some governments still support (or subsidise) certain firms or domestic industries to give them a leg up on the competition. This can happen for a number of reasons, but is ultimately to the detriment of consumers, businesses, and jobs. We often don’t know who the “real” winners would be if the competition were truly fair.”

 

Check out one of the latest OECD opinion pieces, this one on why government subsidies are bad for global competition.

 

The full piece is available here: https://www.oecd.org/trade/why-subsidies-are-bad-global-competition

 

In case you missed it: in February, an OECD opinion piece looked at government subsidies and overfishing. The article can be found here: https://www.oecd.org/agriculture/government-subsidies-overfishing

Parcels trade: the good, the bad, and the ugly

“What do a clothing designer and a manufacturer of counterfeit medications have in common? For Praew, an up-and-coming clothing designer who runs Lanna Clothes Design in Thailand, and Paul, who manufactures and sells fake medicines to customers around the world, it’s simple: both rely on e-commerce to grow their business and send hundreds of parcels to customers overseas every month.”

Among the latest trade-related publications from the OECD, available through the WTO’s subscription to the OECD iLibrary, read more about the intricacies of parcels and the work done by customs officials worldwide to ensure that legal goods cross borders expeditiously, while illicit or illegal goods do not.

The full piece is available from the OECD here: https://www.oecd.org/trade/parcels-trade-good-bad-ugly

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