Who's the worst?

By guest author Three traditional poles of the capitalist global economy – Japan, Europe and the U.S. – seem to compete for the largest public debt. Who’s the most fiscally irresponsible, and why, asks this article written by Craig J. Willy for the Bertelsmann Stiftung foundation . In the medium to long-term, [...]

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

By Julia Laplane, OECD “Working hours are never long enough. Each day is a holiday, and ordinary holidays are grudged as enforced interruptions in an absorbing vocation.”, so said Winston Churchill. Luckily, he appears to be an exception, as nearly 1 billion people enjoyed a welcome break in 2010. Holidays are an [...]

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Crisis happinomics

By Carine Viac, OECD Speaking to business leaders during  the G20 summit in Mexico, the OECD Secretary-General said that Europe and the euro zone represented “the major risk for the world economy” while  the head of the World Bank noted that everyone was "waiting for Europe to tell us what it's going to do". All [...]

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Happiness on the podium

By Julia Laplane, OECD "The Olympic movement gives the world an ideal which reckons with the reality of life”, so said Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern games: This ideal goes far beyond the world of sports and echoes a universal quest for happiness and well-being. It is also a valuable reminder that while [...]

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Are you feeling better?

By Sue Kendall-Bilicki, OECD Health is one of the primary concerns for all of us. “How are you”, “Comment ça va”, Wie gehts” are not just common courtesies when we meet, they reflect our sense that feeling well is a large part of feeling good. But how much is good health worth? And how much are we willing to spend on [...]

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