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The OECD Observer, OECD's quarterly magazine presents concise, up-to-date and authoritative analysis of crucial world economic and social issues. Through the pages of the Observer OECD’s experts offer insights on the questions facing the Organisation’s member governments and provide an excellent opportunity for readers to stay ahead of policy debates.

Each edition of the Observer reports on a core theme of the OECD’s on-going work, and every article are bolstered by key tables and graphs. Each issue contains a regular databank of economic and social data and a subscription to the print edition of the OECD’s Observer also includes the annual OECD Yearbook as well as online access to all OECD Observer issues from its inception in 1962 onwards.

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What is the state of world economy as we enter 2011? How has the worst economic crisis in our lifetimes affected the future? What must be done to build a stronger, cleaner and fairer world?  

As the OECD marks its 50th anniversary, world leaders and top representatives from business, labour and civil society join OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and OECD experts to examine today’s pressing issues in this inaugural OECD Yearbook 2011: 

  • How should global governance adapt to shifting wealth?
  • How can we restore public finances and achieve sustainable growth?
  • What must be done to improve skills and cut unemployment?
  • How can we rebuild public trust in our economies and institutions?
  • What sources of growth can best build a cleaner, more prosperous future?
  • How can development be better promoted in the new global context?  

In our special Leaders’ Forum, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Chile’s President Sebastián Piñera and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán pay tribute to the OECD’s achievements over the past 50 years and lay out their vision for the organisation’s expanding role in addressing global challenges.  

The OECD’s original mission, to develop the best public policies to improve people’s lives the world over, is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. As a fragile recovery gets under way, the anniversary OECD Yearbook 2011 offers a timely opportunity to examine where we stand and assess solutions for the way ahead.

Table of Contents

-Getting it right in 2011 by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General
-Setting an example for progress by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of France
-Anniversary tribute by Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan
-A 21st century revolution by Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile
-Mission possible by Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Norway
-Restoring public finances
-Defying fiscal deficits
-Roundtable on public finances (France, Germay, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand, Indonesia, South Africa)
-Tackling the budget problem by Pier Carlo Padoan, OECD Chief Economist
-What about global imbalances?
-The fiscal imperative by Jean-Claude Trichet, President, European Central Bank
-Green tax potential
-Aiming for the medium-term by Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel
-Business investment is picking up
-Government budgets: Save or spend? by Dae Whan Chang Executive Chairman, World Knowledge Forum and Publisher, Maeil Business Newspaper and TV
-Budget treatment
-Trimming pensions
-Boosting jobs and skills
-Any collar you want
-Working for the recovery, An interview with John Martin
-Keeping Germany at work
-The case for 21st century learning by Andreas Schleicher
-Top of the class: OECD PISA 2009
-Decent work is not a slogan by Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Federation
-Out of work: A portrait
-Looking after the future
-Strengthening governance, restoring trust
-A new era of global co-operation by Gabriela Ramos
-Fixing finance: Few easy answers by William R. White, Chair of the OECD Economic and Development Review Committee
-Financial reform: A start, but only a start by Amy Domini, Founder and CEO of Domini Social Investments
-Tax evasion: Ready when the call came by Jeffrey Owens
-Tax windfall
-A new push on corruption
-State and narrow
-The Anti-Bribery Convention
-South Africa's  fight against bribery, An interview with Masenyani Richard Baloyi, Minister for Public Service and Administration, South Africa
-A new global governance?
-Reform needs transparency by Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International
-Making multinationals more responsible
-Global business: To protect, respect and remedy, An interview with John Ruggie, UN Secretary-General's Special Representatives for Business and Human Rights
-Tapping new sources of growth
-Wanted: Women scientists
-Roundtable: What new growth needs (Giuseppe Nicoletti, Andy Wyckoff, Mario Pezzini, Carmel Cahill, and Fatih Birol)
-City growth by John Mogk, Wayne State University Law School
-New growth doesn't have to cost the earth by James P. Leape, Director-General, WWF International
-Fostering an ecosystem of innovation by Charles Beigbeder, Chairman of Gravitation, founder and non-executive Chairman of Poweo
-Innovative lessons
-For new growth, watch this space by Claire Jolly
-How happy are you? by Kate Scrivens
-Growth and development - for whom? by Stephen Groff
-Africa: A source of growth for the 21st century? by David Batt and H. B. Solignac-Lecompte
-The development aid story
-Foresight at 50: Looking back at looking forward by Barrie Stevens
-50 years of reconciling the economy, nature, and society by Ron Gass
-A majestic start: How the OECD was won
-John F. Kennedy's vision
-Czech Republic
-New Zealand
-Russian Federation
-Slovak Republic
-South Africa
-United Kingdom
-United States

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