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OECD Factbook 2011-2012

Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

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OECD Factbook 2011/12 is a comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual publication from the OECD. More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: agriculture, economic production, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health, industry, information and communications, international trade, labour force, population, taxation, public expenditure, and R&D. This year, to commemorate the OECD 50th anniversary, the OECD Factbook features a focus chapter on 50 years of OECD statistics.

Data are provided for all OECD member countries including area totals, and in some cases for selected non-member economies (including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia & South Africa). For each indicator, there is a two-page spread: a text page includes a short introduction followed by a detailed definition of the indicator, comments on comparability of the data, an assessment of long-term trends related to the indicator and a list of references for further information on the indicator; the opposite page contains a table and a graph providing - at a glance - the key message conveyed by the data. A dynamic link (StatLink) is provided for each table where readers can download the corresponding data.

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Trade

Trade, defined as the transfer of goods and services across countries, represents a fundamental component of economic activity and is an indicator of globalisation. The progressive reduction of trade barriers over the past decades has boosted international trade and encouraged economic integration (e.g. in the European Union). In most OECD countries, international trade in goods and services, calculated as a share of GDP, expanded between the 1970s and the 2000s.

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