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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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Patent activity in metropolitan areas

Metropolitan areas are the places where most inventions take place. In 2011-13, 70% of all patent applications were granted in metropolitan areas for the 19 OECD countries where such data are available. The concentration of patent applications in metropolitan areas is above 70% both in countries with a high level of patenting activity, such as Japan and United States, and in countries with low level of patenting activity, Australia, Chile and Mexico. In Norway and Italy, on the other hand, metropolitan areas account for less than 40% of the country’s total patents ().

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