Poverty rates are usually a measure of personal income. But how can public services affect relative poverty, that is, when the monetary value of public services, known as “extended income” is brought into the equation?
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:
- As a printed, 285-page book, that you can order here,
- As a web site,
- As a database,
- As a free iPhone app and
- As a USB key, which also includes OECD in Figures and plenty of space for your data.
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:
- Make a link to this post from your web site or blog, or
- Post a status on Twitter with the hashtag #OECDFactbook (click here for a pre-constructed message).