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OECD Regions at a Glance 2011

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OECD Regions at a Glance is the one-stop guide for understanding regional competitiveness and performance, providing comparative statistical information at the sub-national level, graphs and maps. It identifies new ways that regions can increase their capacity to exploit local factors, mobilise resources and link with other regions. Measuring such factors as education levels, employment opportunities and intensity of knowledge-based activities, this publication offers a statistical snapshot of how life is lived – and can be improved – from region to region in the OECD area. 

This fourth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance showcases the contribution of regions to stronger, fairer and cleaner economies, drawing on both the latest comparable data and past trends across regions in OECD countries. It highlights the persistence of regional disparities, underscores unused resources that can be mobilised to maximise regions’ competitive edge, and shows the common characteristics of performing regions. The report includes data on the four newest OECD member countries: Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. Where available, data on Brazil, China, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa are also included. This publication provides a dynamic link (StatLink) for each graph and map, which directs the user to a web page where the corresponding data are available in Excel®.

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Foreword

Governments need reliable and comparable data to underpin policies that promote regional growth. The OECD has developed a unique database of sub-national statistics that allow policymakers to analyse trends both domestically and across countries. The use of internationally comparable data has been a critical input in reforming the objectives and tools of regional development policy in OECD countries. By providing measures of regional performance and identifying factors that increase the competitive edge of a region and the well-being of its current and future population, OECD data has encouraged a shift from a subsidy-based, compensatory approach to regional policy to one that focuses on enhancing regional potential. OECD Regions at a Glance reflects continuous effort by the OECD Working Party on Territorial Indicators in collaboration with the OECD Secretariat to improve the evidence base at regional and local levels.

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