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    1. June 13, 2017

      New angles catch the light on the state of global labour markets

      Everyone knows that high unemployment means an unhealthy labour market. But does it follow that high employment means a...

    2. June 13, 2017

      Employment rate passes 2007 peak in developed world, says OECD

      The number of people in work in the developed world has surpassed pre-crisis levels, but the newly created jobs are...

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    1. June 7, 2017

      Storm clouds loom over emerging market growth

      After a long period of uneven and fragile growth, the global economic recovery is finally beginning to look stable, and...

    2. June 7, 2017

      OECD says global economic outlook has improved

      The global economic outlook is doing better than it was, but has not yet improved sufficiently to make a material...

    3. June 7, 2017

      UK economic performance will slow next year, warns OECD

      Britain’s economic performance will slow next year as the prospect of a “hard” Brexit takes its toll on growth and...

    4. June 7, 2017

      Nations agree corporate tax avoidance crackdown

      Some 70 countries will sign a pact on Wednesday to crack down on international tax avoidance, with changes that backers...

    5. May 30, 2017

      OECD criticises high fees and tacit collusion in IPO underwriting

      A lack of competition among investment banks that underwrite public equity offerings is leading to higher fees,...

    6. May 28, 2017

      Universal basic income would fail to cut poverty, says OECD

      A universal basic income paid at a flat rate to all citizens would fail to reduce poverty levels in advanced economies...

    7. May 23, 2017

      Economies can take a lot more stimulus without overheating

      It is hard to be impressed by the pace of the global recovery. Most rich countries are growing close to estimated...

    8. April 27, 2017

      UK should scrap state pension for the rich, says OECD

      The UK should not give a state pension to the rich and instead use the money to boost payments to the poor, the OECD...

    9. April 21, 2017

      UK employers prepare for apprenticeship levy

      Until recently, the UK had an indifferent record on helping young people find work. But it is making headway in...

    10. April 20, 2017

      A British pledge on aid will send a message to the world

      Britain’s forthcoming general election is an opportunity to clarify the country’s role in the world. Inevitably, the...

    11. April 19, 2017

      UK ‘sleepwalking’ into low-value economy, managers warn

      Britain is “sleepwalking into a low-value, low-skills economy post-Brexit”, the country’s leading human resources...

    12. April 7, 2017

      The search for second passports and offshore havens

      For the past year or so, members of the political class around the world have been sticking nationalist badges on to...

    13. April 4, 2017

      Italy and Spain’s exports compared in 5 charts

      Although Italy is the world’s 10th-largest goods exporter, “its performance has been disappointing”, Mauro Pisu, a...

    14. March 23, 2017

      Serious Fraud Office needs funding boost, warns OECD

      The OECD group of wealthy nations has called on the UK government to ensure the independence of the Serious Fraud...

    15. March 10, 2017

      The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management by JC Sharman — ‘well-intentioned’

      Ever thought who the fellow customers of your bank might be? No doubt the vast majority are decent, hard-working people...

    16. March 7, 2017

      OECD warns of need to escape global ‘low-growth trap’

      A strong upswing in business and consumer confidence and buoyant financial markets are not enough to pull the world out...

    17. March 6, 2017

      Dutch discontent: wealthy but angry

      It sounds like the good life: relatively rich, reasonably equal, good work-life balance, high employment, general...

    18. February 24, 2017

      Millennial women confident they can close the gender gap

      Sian Cleaver’s childhood ambitions to become an astronaut did not fade with age. The 27-year-old simply adapted them as...

    19. February 12, 2017

      Switzerland votes on corporate tax reform proposal

      Switzerland is voting in a closely watched referendum on plans to abolish special tax rates for multinational companies...

    20. February 6, 2017

      Portugal ‘vulnerable to EU volatility and global protectionism’

      Fragile banks and high public debt make Portugal especially vulnerable to political volatility in the EU and rising...

    21. February 3, 2017

      Asean growth masks sharp country differences

      At the headline level, the 10 members of the Asean group of Southeast Asian nations appear to be set this year for...

    22. January 26, 2017

      The productivity challenge to the British economy

      Productivity is not everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. This statement by Nobel laureate Paul...

    23. January 23, 2017

      Datawatch: the majority of births are outside marriage in France

      The proportion of children born outside marriage has increased across OECD countries. Today more than 40 per cent of...

    24. January 5, 2017

      Martin Wolf: The long and painful journey to world disorder

      It is not true that humanity cannot learn from history. It can and, in the case of the lessons of the dark period...

    25. January 3, 2017

      Opec’s long-term aim is to run down excess stocks

      The deal between Opec and some non-member countries to limit production over the next six months caught the market by...

    26. December 15, 2016

      Forecasters use their expertise to help us shape our daily lives

      Full disclosure: for much of my professional life I have been an economic forecaster. So I felt targeted when Michael...

    27. December 11, 2016

      How austerity is crippling schools in southern Europe

      Fifteen-year-olds in southern European countries are struggling to catch up with their peers in international tests in...

    28. December 9, 2016

      Britain still has a lot more homework to do

      Politicians tend to obsess over high-profile, ambitious reforms, while brushing details aside. The results often...

    29. December 8, 2016

      OECD attacks Osborne’s pension reforms

      The OECD has warned that pension reforms championed by George Osborne could lead to some people outliving their...

    30. December 6, 2016

      Classroom success has lost out to obsessive structural change

      Pedagogy is a difficult word, and not just in terms of pronunciation. The quality of classroom teaching is the most...

    31. December 6, 2016

      Ambitious education reforms fail to lift UK Pisa school rankings

      Ambitious education reforms have failed to improve the performance of Britain’s schools, as international league tables...

    32. November 30, 2016

      Incomplete U-turns on fiscal policy

      Some of the greatest cheerleaders for fiscal tightening a few years back are undergoing a Damascene conversion that is...

    33. November 28, 2016

      OECD premature in its praise of Donald Trump’s economic plan

      Remember all that economic doom and gloom about Donald Trump’s presidency? It seems a world away from the OECD’s first...

    34. November 28, 2016

      Donald Trump’s infrastructure plans win backing from OECD

      Donald Trump’s economic plans received strong backing from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...

    35. October 13, 2016

      China rethinks developing world largesse as deals sour

      When China signed up to build Venezuela’s Tinaco-Anaco Railway in 2009, the scheme was hailed as proof of the...

    36. September 22, 2016

      Tax policies have turned from austerity to growth, says OECD

      Industrialised countries have started to cut taxes in an attempt to spur growth, in a marked break with policy since...

    37. September 21, 2016

      OECD revises Brexit forecasts but still predicts hit to growth

      Britain’s exit from the EU is likely to hit the UK economy later but harder than originally thought, the Organisation...

    38. September 21, 2016

      OECD warns governments of ‘low-growth trap’

      Governments around the world should focus on investing in health and education to help break out of the low-growth trap...

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