Why are global FDI flows falling and what can governments do?

Global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) have been declining for several years, well before the pandemic hit in early 2020. While these flows can be cyclical, as with any other type of investment, they have been falling both in absolute amounts and relative to overall GDP for several years, causing many to wonder whether there has been a structural change in the global economy. OECDā€™s Stephen Thomsen takes a look at this worrying trend and at what governments can do about it.

Regulation of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for the future

Blog by Anna Pietikainen, Senior Policy Analyst, Regulatory Policy Division, Public Governance Directorate, OECD Our consumption of essential services was profoundly transformed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Internet and data traffic surged as many of us moved to work and learn online. Energy consumption slumped as offices closed and entire industries ground to a halt. … Continue reading Regulation of essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic: lessons for the future

Enforcing social distancing ā€“ assessing what works and what doesn’t

It is one thing to impose social distancing measures ā€“ but how do you ensure they are followed, and how do you know whether the approach is working? Florentin Blanc, OECD, and Maria De Benedetto, Roma Tre University, take a first glance at different approaches and possible sources of data. The current Coronavirus pandemic is … Continue reading Enforcing social distancing ā€“ assessing what works and what doesn’t