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  • Well-being: New OECD data expose deep well-being divisions

    15 November 2017

    While some aspects of well-being have improved since 2005, too many people are unable to share the benefits of the modest economic recovery that is under way, the OECD’s latest How’s Life? report shows. The report provides further evidence that the scars of the crisis have not healed, as trust in government has fallen in the past decade.

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  • Economy: Switzerland needs to raise productivity growth to bolster well-being

    14 November 2017

    The Swiss economy has shown considerable resilience to shocks, but economic growth remains slow. Further reforms are needed to restore productivity growth, boost incomes and preserve today’s high living standards and levels of well-being for future generations, the latest OECD Economic Survey of Switzerland says.

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  • Health: Improved lifestyles and better health policies drive life expectancy gains

    10 November 2017

    Better health care, higher incomes, education and improved lifestyles have all contributed to boosting life expectancy at birth by over 10 years since 1970, according to Health at a Glance 2017. Moreover, new analysis in the report shows that halving smoking rates and alcohol consumption would increase life expectancies by 13 months.

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  • Environment: Renewed international commitment needed to fight climate change

    8 November 2017

    Countries need to look beyond national policy agendas to curb global emissions and reduce climate risks, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría said in a special lecture in Toronto, 1 November. Governments should seize the flexibility built into the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to increase and accelerate their emissions-cutting ambitions, he said.

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  • Pensions: Population ageing and rising inequality will hit younger generations hard

    18 October 2017

    Younger generations will face greater risks from inequality in old age than current retirees, according to Preventing Ageing Unequally. The new report says that, with family sizes falling, higher inequality over working lives and reforms that have cut pension incomes, some groups run a high risk of poverty.

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  • Crackdown on tax evasion: Why sharing information matters


    Tax havens are in the news this week, thanks to the Paradise Papers. The OECD has long been leading international efforts to fight tax avoidance, for which promoting transparency and exchange of information among jurisdictions is key. The Automatic Exchange of Information portal provides a comprehensive overview of this important work.

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  • Making globalisation work: Better lives for all


    Globalisation’s many benefits have been unequally shared, and public policy has struggled to keep up with a rapidly-shifting world. The OECD is working alongside governments and international organisations to help improve and harness the gains while tackling the root causes of inequality, and ensuring a level playing field globally. Please watch.

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  • Tax Inspectors Without Borders


    Tax Inspectors Without Borders sends highly-qualified tax experts to developing countries that request help with audits of multinational companies. Its pilot projects have already brought in over $260 million in revenue. Visit www.tiwb.org.

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