SMEs are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and tech to boost wages and productivity

This article is brought to you in association with OECD. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have been a significant driver of employment growth in recent years, mainly through the creation of new firms, including in high-growth sectors such as information and communication technologies (ICT). But the new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook highlights that most SME […]

IMF: World cup and productivity

This article is brought to you in association with IMFBlog on the occasion of Russia World Cup Written by IMFBlog The World Cup and productivity.  Two of our favorite topics, together in one chart.   How much your productivity—the amount you produce per hour of work—takes a hit during the World Cup depends on where you […]

Why Europe is more competitive than the US

  The commonly recited rough theory, that Eurozone economy is less competitive than the US, is not confirmed by core statistics. The European Sting has repeatedly stressed that Eurozone is by far a net exporter of sophisticated products and services, while the US suffers of a chronic and probably structural, foreign trade deficit. In this […]

Why Europe’s high productive performance is discredited?

Eurostat, the EU’s statistical service, released data on Eurozone’s foreign trade showing that during 2012, euro area trade in goods recorded a surplus of €81.8 billion, outperforming the most optimistic predictions. This is not however the only good news for Eurozone external accounts for last year. Traditionally Eurozone records also a hefty surplus in international […]