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OECD Regional Outlook 2014

Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet

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Regions and cities are on the front lines of many challenges faced by OECD countries today, from education and jobs to health care and quality of life. Getting regions and cities “right”, adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work,  is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. This second edition of the OECD Regional Outlook aims to help countries do just that. Part I describes the main trends and challenges today. Part II has a special focus on cities, looking at public investment, urban framework policies, and rural-urban issues. Part III presents a Policy Forum on the future of cities, with five contributions from distinguished authors and policy makers. Part IV offers profiles of regional development in all 34 OECD countries.

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Norway

The new government’s state budget has put a greater emphasis on the business sector’s conditions for economic growth to create new and economically sustainable jobs. In particular, the new government prioritises communication infrastructure, soft infrastructure (e.g. within education) and growth-enhancing tax reductions. The new government plans to present a new White Paper on regional policy in 2017.

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