The OECD has just published two reports useful to those with an interest in regional development.
The first report OECD Regional Outlook 2014 shows that that the regional convergence engine has stalled since the crisis and that poorer regions are struggling to catch up in advanced economies.Living standards continue to diverge within many economically advanced countries as poorer regions struggle to catch up with richer ones. Half of the 34 OECD countries have seen the income gap between their best-off and worst-off regions widen since the 2008 crisis. In 10 OECD countries, over 40% of the national rise in unemployment since the crisis was concentrated in one region.
A second report How’s Life in Your Region? reveals big differences in overall well-being among 362 regions within OECD countries by examining areas ranging from air quality and life expectancy to per-capita income, employment and internet access.
More information on these reports can be seen here: http://www.oecd.org/newsroom/poorer-regions-falling-behind-in-advanced-economies.htm
The WDC policy team has found previous OECD analysis important for highlighting regional development issues. It has emphasised the need for policies for all regions, not just for successful ones. This theme was developed by the WDC in its 2011 Briefing Why care about Regions? which can be downloaded here: http://www.wdc.ie/wp-content/uploads/reports-WDC-Policy-Briefing-Why-care-about-regions-July-2010.pdf