Delivering on the promise of better outcomes for Canadian women

by Andrew Barker, Canada Desk, OECD Economics Department The current Canadian government has declared itself feminist and has taken a number of steps to improve labour market outcomes for women. This includes increased funding for early learning and child care and improving equality of parental leave by introducing five weeks of leave for the second … More Delivering on the promise of better outcomes for Canadian women

Maintaining Switzerland’s enviable living standards into the future

by Christine Lewis, Switzerland Desk, Economics Department Switzerland’s high living standards and quality of life are renowned. It has the third-highest level of GDP per capita in the OECD. Likewise, survey data show Swiss have the OECD’s second-highest rate of life satisfaction. Unemployment is low, including for young people. And income inequality (after taxes and … More Maintaining Switzerland’s enviable living standards into the future

Mind the gapS: boost early childcare education and care in Costa Rica

By Alberto González Pandiella, Economist, SDD, OECD Economics Department Costa Rican well-being indicators are comparable or even above the OECD average in several dimensions (OECD, 2016a). Nevertheless, gaps with OECD countries are large in two dimensions:  labour market participation and education.  This hampers both long-term growth prospects and equity.  Boosting early childcare education and care … More Mind the gapS: boost early childcare education and care in Costa Rica