OECD on inequality

We were delighted to win our second Upton Sinclair Award this year, given for our "continual work on world-wide educational
(Photos are courtesy of Shutterstock - Tania Kolinko, IOFoto and Bikerider London) The most important step is to have a systemic
Though inequality has been rising for decades, the Great Recession catapulted the issue to the top of the policy agenda, costing millions of Americans their jobs and widening the gap between rich and poor. As the United States looks to reverse this trend, it faces a historic opportunity to lead a global transition to an inclusive model of economic growth.
OECD's 2014 Forum on May 5-6 will reflect on our vision for Inclusive Growth that combines a focus on strong economic performance
But there is good news. What is often overlooked amid the grim statistics is that a few countries, like Austria, Chile, Germany
The trouble is, the international tax system designed almost a century ago to prevent double taxation (companies being taxed
By the end of 2013 in the euro area, one in two unemployed persons was out of work for 12 months or more, corresponding to
History is full of lessons for how water crises could have been avoided or better managed. On World Water Day, this March 22, I urge governments to act now so that history will show that we took resolute action when needed, rather than leave us with costly regrets.
You'll learn why the correct answer is correct if that's the one you pick, but you may also learn something from an incorrect
Global food demand is rising so fast that farmers are beginning to have trouble keeping up. Projected world population growth, coupled with the new eating habits of a rising middle class, are likely to continue putting pressure on prices and boosting farm income levels for years to come.
It's a watershed moment for international tax policy. The debate over tax evasion by the wealthy and tax avoidance by multinational corporations has never before grabbed so many headlines or caused so much anger.
Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. Innovation -- which fosters competitiveness, productivity, and job creation -- can help but with budgets stretched to the limit how can governments boost innovation in their economies?
Migrants are all too often viewed as a problem in destination countries when they can and should be seen as a potential solution to inequality in and between nations.
But if we accept the idea -- and not everyone does -- that too much inequality benefits the rich and hurts the poor we're left with another question: How much inequality is "too much" inequality?
In any case, defining "middle class" in purely economic terms misses a lot. That's because to be middle class is as much a question of values as of income or wealth.
Should we try to end poverty? "Yes," you reply, and wonder why we'd even ask. People in earlier times would have been surprised, too. And for them, the answer would have been equally obvious -- "no."
Countries must put in place necessary reforms to safeguard the progress achieved to date and continue addressing the region's longer-term challenges, notably slow productivity growth, poverty and high inequality.
A new OECD report shows that in a relatively short period of time, R&D tax incentives have become among the most widely used
'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.
The debate over tax evasion by the wealthy and tax avoidance by multinational corporations has never before grabbed so many headlines or caused so much anger. To regain the confidence and trust of our citizens, there is a pressing need for action.