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.




Personal safety is a critical dimension of regional well-being. Crime in fact has not only a direct impact on the victims and their families, but also on those who are not victims but live in the same community, as shown by the increasing feelings of insecurity and low trust in the capacity of national and local institutions to handle the safety issue (OECD, 2015). Safety is often connected with other well-being outcomes such as education, health and jobs. Consequently, policies pursuing better safety often build on the complementarities with the other dimensions (OECD, 2014).



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