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OECD Regions at a Glance 2016

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OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national economic growth and well-being. This edition updates more than 40 region-by-region indicators to assess disparities within countries and their evolution over the past 15 years. The report covers all the OECD member countries and, where data are available, Brazil, People’s Republic of China, Colombia, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

New to this edition:

- A comprehensive picture of well-being in the 391 OECD regions based on 11 aspects that shape people's lives: income, jobs, housing, education, health, environment, safety, civic engagement and governance, access to services, social connections, and life satisfaction.  

- Recent trends in subnational government finances and indicators on how competencies are allocated and co-ordinated across levels of governments.

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Challenges for infrastructure investment at subnational level

The OECD and the EU Committee of the Regions conducted a survey in 2015 to assess the challenges linked to infrastructure investment at the local level across Europe. The results of the consultation show that governance challenges for infrastructure investment are prominent at the subnational level, essentially at the planning stage, and that all levels of government should do more to strengthen the capacities of subnational governments (SNGs) to conduct proper investment strategies. Some of the key findings are summarised below.

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