OECD Regional Outlook 2011

Building Resilient Regions for Stronger Economies

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The OECD Regional Outlook 2011 provides an overview of the main developments in performance among OECD regions and the challenges for regional policy after the crisis. The first two chapters present fresh analysis of regional growth and labour-market trends, exploring their implications for policy. This is followed by three chapters offering focused analyses of key policy issues. The first, and most immediate, concerns the state of sub-national government finances in the wake of the crisis and its implications for managing public investment, in particular, during a period of austerity. The next two chapters are concerned with the potential contribution of regions and regional policies to addressing the longer-term challenges of innovation and green growth. Part 3 of the Outlook presents a "policy forum", a wide-ranging debate on the role of regional policy today involving experts and officials from within and outside the OECD. Finally, the Outlook includes individual country pages providing detailed quantitative and qualitative information on regional performance, institutions and policy settings in OECD members.

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The OECD Regional Outlook was co-ordinated and supervised by Joaquim Oliveira Martins. It was prepared by the Regional Development Policy Division of the Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development, and received inputs from Dorothée Allain-Dupré, Monica Brezzi, Claire Charbit, Jose-Enrique Garcilazo, Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Soo-Jin Kim, Karen Maguire, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Adam Ostry, Mario Piacentini, William Tompson, Raffaele Trapasso and Camila Vammalle. The OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) prepared the section on local labour-market policies. Statistical support was provided by Vicente Ruiz and Daniel Sanchez-Serra. Julie Harris edited the report and Jeanette Duboys prepared it for publication.

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