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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.

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Foreign direct investment stocks in manufacturing industries

Detailed foreign direct investment positions classified by industry sectors are compiled by the OECD. These series enable measures of the contribution of various sectors of individual countries to the global economy, as well as measures of the dependence of host economies on sectors of investment from abroad. For the convenience of the present document, industries are aggregated into two main categories: a) manufacturing; and b) services (see next section). A sector not covered in the analysis is the primary sector. In addition, confidential data which cannot be disclosed to the public are included in category “unallocated”.

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