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The OECD is an international organisation with 29 Member countries from North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific area. Collectively, OECD countries produce more than half of the world's goods and services and its Members include most of the world's largest economies.
The OECD is often thought of as a forum for "rich countries". In fact, membership is not determined by wealth, but rather by what the Members have in common, which is their commitment to an open market economy, pluralistic democracy and respect for human rights.
The scope of the OECD has evolved from its original focus -- which was building the economies of its own Member countries -- to also fostering the interaction between Member countries and the increasingly important non-Member economies outside the OECD, in the former Soviet bloc, Asia, Latin America and Africa. The purpose of the OECD's interaction with non-Members is also to promote the sound development of those countries' economies and institutions.
The OECD is the world's largest source of comparative data on the industrial economies. It produces a wide range of publications: country studies, comparative analyses, statistical reports.
Every OECD series
is identified by a label. A label specifies the OECD
country code and the OECD subject code. For technical reasons, both country
codes and subject codes appear in abbreviated form relative to the printed
version of the data base. Syntactically, a label starts with
the two character country code, followed by a slash ('/'), and
ended by the subject code (two to
ten characters). For example, the label CA/M0ST specifies
the increase in stocks in Canada. The first character of the subject code
identifies the table in the printed version.