Measuring Globalisation: OECD Economic Globalisation Indicators 2010

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This second edition of the OECD Economic Globalisation Indicators presents a broad range of indicators showing the magnitude and intensity of globalisation. This process is becoming increasingly important for policymakers and other analysts, hence the need for a volume that brings together the existing measures, based on national data sources and comparable across countries. Together, the indicators shed new light on financial, technological and trade interdependencies within OECD and non-OECD countries.

Measures of globalisation include indicators on capital movements and foreign direct investments, international trade, the economic activity of multinational firms and the internationalisation of technology. In addition, the 2010 edition also includes indicators linked to the current financial crisis, portfolio investments, environmental aspects and the emergence of global value chains.



Direct investment dividends

This indicator usually contributes to the assessment of the profitability of direct investment enterprises, along with the analysis of reinvestment of earnings. It is calculated: a) as a ratio of dividends paid by resident enterprises to their non-resident direct investors (debits) over inward FDI positions; and b as a ratio of dividends received by resident investors from foreign affiliates (credits) over outward FDI positions. Increases in the ratios generally imply improvements in the profitability of enterprises. However, a complete assessment of the profitability of enterprises cannot be based solely on statistical observations but have to be complemented by other factors.


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