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OECD Factbook 2008

Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

By Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD

The Factbook is the OECD’s most comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual. More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: economy, agriculture, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health and quality of life, industry, information and communications, population/ labor force, trade and investment, taxation, public expenditure, and R&D. The focus of the 2008 edition is on productivity. Each indicator has a two-page spread: the left page provides a short introductory text followed by a detailed definition of the indicator, comments on comparability of the data, an assessment of related long-term trends, and a list of references for further information; the right page contains a table and a graph that provide—at a glance—the key message conveyed by the data. A dynamic link (StatLink) is provided for each table. It directs the user to a web pagpage where the corresponding data are available in Excel® format.

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