Chief economist of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Laurence Boone. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP

The economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic should transform governments’ attitude to public spending and debt, according to the chief economist o(...)

  Healthcare workers in hazmat suits collect specimen samples through the plexiglass during a Covid-19 swab test drive in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 01 December 2020. Photograph: Dedi Sinuhaji /EPA

The outlook for the global economy is improving despite a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks in many countries as vaccines emerge and a Chinese-led (...)

“Critical juncture”: Pressure is mounting on UK prime minister Boris Johnson to impose tougher restrictions. Photograph: PA Wire

A “circuit-breaker” lockdown would hit the UK’s fragile recovery but there can be no trade-off between health and the economy, a major international o(...)

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The good news just keeps coming. Yesterday the Central Statistics Office told us that 2.36 million people had jobs in the Republic in the closing thre(...)

Think tank has published its latest OECD Economic Surveys: Ireland 2020 report. File photograph: AFP/Getty

Retirement age should reflect increased life expectancy, according to an expert who warns that State finances will come under increasing pressure as t(...)

The organisation’s outlook comes days after the State’s Central Statistics Office said that a record 2.3 million people were working on the Republic. Photograph: iStock

Workers are in line for further pay rises as the Republic’s economy keeps growing, experts predicted in a report published on Thursday. The Organisat(...)

The OECD downgraded the economic forecasts for almost all of the countries it examined, citing trade tensions among the drivers. Photograph: iStock

Ireland will suffer the biggest negative shock from a no-deal Brexit outside the UK, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)(...)

Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Jose Angel Gurria (left) and chief economist Laurence Boone address a press conference on the latest economic outlook. Photograph:  Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Britain would face a sharp economic hit in a no-deal Brexit scenario and should look to maintain the “closest possible” relationship with the EU to av(...)

Protesters from the pro-EU group Open Britain  outside of the Houses of Parliament in  London on Wednesday. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

It may be impossible to reach. But when British and EU negotiators start Brexit talks, they will be eyeing something every tough negotiation needs to (...)