In recent years, regional development issues have returned to the policy agenda of many OECD countries. Higher integration driven by institutional processes (e.g. European Union, World Trade Organisation) and economic trends (i.e. globalisation) is eroding national borders and creating competition along regional lines in the world market. At the same time, the persistence of significant regional disparities challenges countries’ capacity to promote economic growth while ensuring social cohesion.
The OECD regional database is a unique source of statistical information at subnational level for all the OECD Countries: It contains yearly time-series for around 40 indicators on demographic, economic, social, labour market and innovation themes, for around 1,700 regions of the OECD countries. Regions within each country are classified on two territorial levels. The higher level (TL2) consists of 335 large regions. This classification facilitates greater comparability of regions at the same territorial level.
The complete dataset and further information can be found at the OECD Statistics Portal.