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OECD Regions at a Glance 2013

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This fifth edition of OECD Regions at a Glance shows how regions and cities contribute to national growth and the well-being of societies.It updates its regular set of region-by-region indicators, examining a wide range of policies and trends and identifying those regions that are outperforming or lagging behind in their country. The report covers all 34 OECD member countries, and, where data are available, Brazil, China,Colombia, India, the Russian Federation and South Africa.

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Impact of the crisis on regional economic performance

The economic crisis has increased the gap in GDP per capita between leading and lagging regions in half of the OECD countries (). The highest increase in the gap between the best 10% performing regions and the bottom 10% regions, more than 8 percentage points, occurred in Ireland, Slovak Republic and Denmark. However, two patterns are observed. In Ireland, the increase of regional inequalities was due to a faster worsening of the poorest regions compared to richest ones. In the Slovak Republic and Denmark, both the poorest regions got worse off and the richest regions got better ().

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