New Regional Analysis from the OECD

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.oecd regl outlook 2014Living 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.

How's life oecdMore information on these reports can be seen here:

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.   why careThis theme was developed by the WDC in its 2011 Briefing Why care about Regions? which can be downloaded here:

Helen McHenry


About WDC Insights

WDC Insights is the blog of the Western Development Commission Policy Analysis Team. The WDC Policy Analysis team analyses regional and rural issues, suggests solutions to regional difficulties and provides a regional perspective on national policy objectives. Policy Analysis Team Members are: Deirdre Frost, Helen McHenry and Pauline White. We will all be posting here. You can contact us here, or use our firstnamelastname at Follow us on Twitter @WDCInsights
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