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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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Regional contribution to national GDP growth

Local factors matter in achieving sustained national growth. In fact, 10% of OECD regions were responsible for 38% of OECD gross domestic product (GDP) in 2010. In Greece, the 10% of regions with the highest output contributed half or more of the national GDP. On the other hand, GDP in Denmark, Belgium, the Slovak Republic and the Netherlands was more evenly distributed among regions, with the 10% of regions with the highest output accounting for no more than 25% of total GDP. Similarly, in Colombia, the Russian Federation and Brazil, the contribution to national GDP was regionally very concentrated ().

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