Friday April 18, 2014

Competitive cities in the global economy is a 2006 report, published by the OECD. Available via the OECD iLibrary.

Urban areas represent an important part of the national economy and feature higher GDP per capita and productivity levels than their country's average.

But they also harbour large pockets of unemployment and poverty and suffer from problems such as congestion, pollution and crime.

The book examines whether they are sustainable in the long term and what needs to be done to keep these engines of economic growth running smoothly. A synthesis report based on OECD metropolitan reviews and a database of 78 metro regions, this report examines cities performance within their countries and addresses key issues such as a competitiveness and social cohesion, intergovernmental relationships, and urban finance.

(Source: OECD)

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Monday April 14, 2014

UNCTAD Stat is a free database, offered by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, which harmonizes and integrates all statistics related to population, national accounts, foreign direct investment, trade trends, trade structure and market access.

Learn more.

(Source: MADGIC Staff)

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Thursday April 10, 2014

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has completed a new report "Global Study on Homicide, 2013". The study aims to shed light on the worst of crimes - murder.
In 2012, almost a half of a million people worldwide were victims of intentional homicide. UNODC has also created a website which includes data, maps and other information related to the official report.
What are the odds of being murdered? The Economist suggests the average person has a 1 in 16,000 chance of being killed intentionally. But of course, there is no such thing as an average person. There are lots of factors that play into it.

So, then, what are the risk factors? How do we avoid becoming a statistic?

  • Don't live in the Americas or Africa
  • Western Europe and Eastern Asia are the safest places
  • Honduras is the most violent country
  • Be a woman - men are more likely to be murdered
  • Sit back and age - those over 30 are less likely to be killed
  • Sadly, most murders go without being solved, or at least with no conviction. Only 43% of murders globally result in a conviction.

Read more.

(Source: The Economist)

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