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.



The geography of well-being

Understanding how and to what extent economic growth translates into better lives for people is important to both citizens and policy makers. A crucial step in answering these questions is having the right tools to assess people’s living conditions. While gross domestic product (GDP) has for a long time been the most used proxy for measuring well-being, it fails to account for the actual quality of life experienced by people. The growth of GDP per capita does not always translate into better life for people. Household income and GDP per capita in OECD regions, for example, are on average positively correlated, but the same trend is not followed everywhere.



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