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About OECD

Description of full text OECD data and publications collections. Searching instructions for downloading spreadsheet and other formats for data.

What is the OECD?

 CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF OECD MEMBERSHIP

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD,) is an international economic organisation of 33 countries founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. It defines itself as a forum of countries committed to democracy and the market economy, providing a setting to compare policy experiences, seeking answers to common problems, identifying good practices, and co-ordinating domestic and international policies of its members.

Mission

OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to:     

  • Support sustainable economic growth
  • Boost employment
  • Raise living standards
  • Maintain financial stability
  • Assist other countries' economic development
  • Contribute to growth in world trade

The Organisation provides a setting where governments compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies.