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INF.- Doing Business 2016. Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency

Over the 13 years since its inception the Doing Business report has become one of the world’s most influential policy publications. It is an annual report on the state of health of economies based on detailed diagnostics not of the relatively more visible features (such as growth) and various macroeconomic parameters (such as the public debt) but of underlying and embedded characteristics—such as the regulatory system, the efficacy of the bureaucracy and the nature of business governance. An economy’s scores on Doing Business indicators are somewhat akin to a mea sure of concentrations of various proteins and minerals in the human blood. They may not seem important to the lay observer, but they have huge long-run implications for an economy’s health, performance and growth....

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INF.- The Innovation Imperative . Contributing to productivity, growth and well-being

Innovation provides the foundation for new businesses, new jobs and productivity growth  and is  a key driver of economic growth and development. Innovation can also help address pressing social and global challenges, including demographic shifts, disease threats,  resource scarcity and climate change. Innovative economies are more productive, more resilient, more adaptable to change and better able to support higher living standards.  Strengthening innovation is therefore a fundamental challenge for countries in their quest for greater prosperity and better lives. This new OECD report on The Innovation Imperative – Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-Being provides a toolbox for governments that wish to strengthen innovation and make it more supportive of inclusive and green...

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INF.- Doing Business 2016

Over the 13 years since its inception the Doing Business report has become one of the world’s most influential policy publications. It is an annual report on the state of health of economies based on detailed diagnostics not of the relatively more visible features (such as growth) and various macroeconomic parameters (such as the public debt) but of underlying and embedded characteristics—such as the regulatory system, the efficacy of the bureaucracy and the nature of business governance. An economy’s scores on Doing Business indicators are somewhat akin to a measure of concentrations of various proteins and minerals in the human blood. They may not seem important to the lay observer, but they have huge long-run implications for an economy’s health, performance and...

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INF.- Global Wealth 2015: Winning the Growth Game

The wealth management industry has arrived at an inflection point. While one group of players seems to be guarding the status quo, another group is seizing the moment. These proactive institutions are doing more than their competitors to raise their game in ways that will ensure profitability and market-leading positions over the next five years and beyond. Given the current market dynamics, we have placed special emphasis in this year’s Global Wealth report on what the most successful players in today’s wealth-management industry are doing right. Using data gathered from benchmarking studies carried out over the past three years, we have identified those organizations whose performance has consistently surpassed that of their peers. For example, although robust asset performance drove growth for most players in 2014, some institutions were able to gain higher revenues per relationship manager, acquire greater amounts of new assets, and achieve leading revenue and cost margins. What drives such significant...

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INF.- The Human Capital Report 2015

Talent, not capital, will be the key factor linking innovation, competitiveness and growth in the 21st century. More than a third of employers globally reported facing difficulties in finding talent last year and nearly half expected talent shortages to have a negative impact on their business results. Yet the world’s pool of latent talent is enormous. To unlock it, governments, business leaders, educational institutions and individuals must each understand better the global talent value chain. Business, in particular, must re-think its role as a consumer of ‘ready-made’ human capital to proactively seek out, engage and develop people’s potential. Better data and metrics are critical to this undertaking. The Human Capital Report provides one such tool: the Human Capital Index. The Index quantifies how countries are developing and deploying their human capital and tracks progress over time. It takes a life course approach to human capital, evaluating the levels of education, skills and employment available to people in five distinct age groups, starting from under 15s to the over...

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