OECD Factbook 2010 giveaway

Factbook 2010

The OECD Factbook 2010 is out today!


The Factbook covers the entire scope of OECD work – from agriculture to youth inactivity, including economics, environment, society and quality of life.

The book is organized in “indicators”, which are double-page spreads with a definition of an economic notion on the left, in plain English, complete with known limitations, future trends, methodology information and links to further information, and, on the right, a comparison of countries, in the shape of a table and a chart.

There are over 100 such indicators in the book. This year, the special chapter is on “The crisis and beyond”.


Edmund Conway from The Daily Telegraph called this “the single best book of stats produced by any of the major economic institutions”.

The Factbook 2010 is available in a variety of formats:


I have a few of these USB keys that I would like to distribute to you, Factblog readers. Here are two ways you can win one:


good luck!

Working 9 to 4.30

People in OECD countries are working slightly shorter hours than they used to. In 1998, they worked 1,821 a year; a decade later, that had fallen to 1,764. Over a 40-hour week, that amounts to a cut of just under 90 minutes. The reasons for the fall vary, but they can reflect factors like policies that promote flexible working for parents.

The longest hours worked are in the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Korea and Portugal; the shortest are in France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Norway. Based on the headline numbers, the difference between the country with the longest hours, Korea, and that with the shortest, the Netherlands, is 867 hours – divide that by 52, and it’s about 16 hours a week. But an important note: International comparisons need to be treated with caution as the nature and reliability of data sources vary greatly between countries.