The cost of mental illness

By Julia Laplane, OECD We all know that good health is important to a good life – and as the Roman poet Juvenal made clear some 2,000 years ago, that means physical and mental health. “Mens sana in corpora sano” (a healthy mind in a health body) was his recipe for a long and happy life. The importance of both aspects [...]

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The European Experience in the Great Recession

By Julia Laplane, OECD  They were doing it in Egypt 3,000 years ago on papyrus to count people, cattle and corn, while 16th century Incas did it by tying knots in lengths of string -- Inca Khipu  and the Roman Empire used them to check its stock of adult males fit for military service -- public surveys can be traced [...]

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The fair society and its enemies

By guest author In New Zealand, a widening gap between the rich and the rest threatens many of the country's greatest strengths, writes Max Rashbrooke, who argues for a new settlement of welfare. During the last three decades, New Zealand has undergone a startling transformation, from a conservative, largely [...]

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Keeping the wolf from the door

By Sue Kendall, OECD How do you cope with a hard winter? Turn up the heating? Put on warmer clothes? Or come out of the forest and start eating your neighbours’ reindeer? A state of emergency has been declared in the Yakutia (Sakha) republic, in the northeast of the Russian Federation, because hungry wolves have been [...]

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New Year Resolutions

By Julia Laplane, OECD As memories of year-end celebrations fade and New Year resolutions start to tarnish, the time has come to think about what the coming year may have in store for us. Economic prospects remain bleak, with the latest OECD Economic Outlook forecasting a “hesitant and uneven recovery” over the next [...]

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