Statistical Insights: What role for supply-use tables?

By the OECD Statistics Directorate Supply-use tables provide the key accounting mechanism to ensure coherence between the various sources of data and approaches countries use to estimate GDP–expenditure, output and income. They also have the potential to inform a wide range of policy areas. What are supply-use tables? Supply-use tables (SUTs) provide a detailed overview of […]

Statistical Insights: Large inequalities in longevity by gender and education in OECD countries

OECD Statistics Directorate While differences in average longevity, or life expectancy, between countries are well-documented, inequalities in longevity within countries are less well-understood and are not fully comparable beyond a handful of European countries. A recent OECD working paper (Murtin et al., 2017) fills this gap by analysing inequalities in longevity by education and gender […]

Statistical Insights: Inclusive Globalisation, does firm size matter?

OECD Statistics Directorate The rapid increase in global value chains (GVCs) in the last two decades, in response to falling communication costs and reductions in trade barriers, has in large part been fuelled by large and multinational enterprises.  But across the OECD, 99.8% of enterprises are classified as SMEs, very few of which engage in […]

Statistical Insights: Blowing bubbles? Developments in house prices

OECD Statistics Directorate Few economic indicators make the newspapers’ front pages. One that often does though is house prices. This is because, as witnessed during the financial crisis, movements in house prices can have a direct impact on households’ wealth and economic growth. At the same time, fluctuations in economic activity can also drive trends […]

Statistical Insights: New OECD database on International Transport and Insurance Costs

OECD Statistics Directorate Although the costs associated with the international transport and insurance of merchandise trade (also referred to as CIF-FOB margins) are an important determinant of the volume and geography of international trade, remarkably little (official) data exist. Combining the largest and most detailed cross-country sample of official national statistics on explicit CIF-FOB margins […]

Statistical Insights: What does GDP per capita tell us about households’ material well-being?

OECD Statistics Directorate Although GDP per capita is often used as a broad measure of average living standards, high levels of GDP per capita do not necessarily mean high levels of household disposable income, a key measure of average material well-being of people. For example, in 2014 Norway had the highest GDP per capita in […]

Statistical insights: Job strain affects four out of ten European workers

OECD Statistics Directorate More than four out of ten workers in European OECD countries held jobs where the quality of the working environment resulted in job strain in 2015, with male, low-educated, and younger workers disproportionately affected and significant differences across countries. Nearly two-thirds of workers in Greece and over half in Spain, for example, […]