OECD Regions at a Glance 2011
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OECD Regions at a Glance 2011

OECD Regions at a Glance is the one-stop guide for understanding regional competitiveness and performance, providing comparative statistical information at the sub-national level, graphs and maps. It identifies new ways that regions can increase their capacity to exploit local factors, mobilise resources and link with other regions. Measuring such factors as education levels, employment opportunities and intensity of knowledge-based activities, this publication offers a statistical snapshot of how life is lived – and can be improved – from region to region in the OECD area. 

This fourth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance showcases the contribution of regions to stronger, fairer and cleaner economies, drawing on both the latest comparable data and past trends across regions in OECD countries. It highlights the persistence of regional disparities, underscores unused resources that can be mobilised to maximise regions’ competitive edge, and shows the common characteristics of performing regions. The report includes data on the four newest OECD member countries: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where available, data on Brazil, China, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa are also included. This publication provides a dynamic link (StatLink) for each graph and map, which directs the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel®.

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Local factors matter in achieving national sustained growth. In fact, 10% of OECD regions were responsible for 37% of OECD gross domestic product (GDP) in 2007. In Greece and Portugal the 10% of regions with the highest output contributed half or more of the national GDP. Similarly, in countries such as the Russian Federation and Brazil contribution to national GDP was very regionally concentrated (Figure 3.1). On the other hand, GDP in Belgium, the Slovak Republic and the Netherlands was more evenly distributed among regions, with the 10% regions with the highest output accounting for no more than 25% of total GDP.
 
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