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 15 JULY 2012
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THIS ISSUE'S TOPICS
Highlights Education Public Management
OECD Publishing News Employment Science & Technology
Agriculture/Food/Fisheries Energy SMEs & Entrepreneurship
Business and Markets Environment Taxation
Development Health Trade
Economic Developments Info/Comm Technology Transportation
Economic Statistics Nuclear Energy Urban, Rural & Regionall Policy

HIGHLIGHTS

OECD Employment Outlook 2012 OECD Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021 OECD Insights: From Aid to Development


OECD sees high jobless rates continuing in OECD Employment Outlook 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Increased productivity will improve global food security, says OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Insights - From Aid to Development: The Global Fight against Poverty: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary Print copies now available!

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

OECD Subscription Prices for 2012: Price list (2013 prices to come next issue)

New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2012: Catalogue

OECD iLibrary: Brochure

OECD publications will be on exhibit at the following events in the coming months:

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

OECD Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021 Rebuilding Fisheries


Increased productivity will improve global food security, says OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Effective management and incentives can rebuild fisheries sector, says Rebuilding Fisheries: The Way Forward: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2012: OECD Countries: Book listing
-Livestock Diseases: Prevention, Control and Compensation Schemes: Book listing
-OECD Review of Agricultural Policies: Indonesia 2012: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

A Compendium of OECD Recommendations, Guidelines and Best Practices Bearing on Competitive Neutrality: Report (PDF - 754 kb)

The Role of MENA Stock Exchanges in Corporate Governance: Report (PDF - 1.31 mb)

FATF Report on Illicit Tobacco Trade: Report (PDF 1.85 mb)

Forthcoming
-OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises
-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing
-Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic: Tapping the Potential for Development: Book listing
-Competitive Neutrality: Maintaining a Level Playing Field between Public and Private Business: Book listing
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
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Corporate Governance, Value Creation and Growth: The Bridge between Finance and Enterprise: Book listing


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DEVELOPMENT

OECD Insights: From Aid to Development African Central Government Debt 2012


OECD Insights - From Aid to Development: The Global Fight against PovertyPrint copies now available! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

African Central Government Debt 2012: Print versions now available! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Development Centre on Twitter: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing
-Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic: Tapping the Potential for Development: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys Turkey 2012


OECD Economic Surveys: Turkey 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-974: Towards Green Growth in Denmark: Improving Energy and Climate Change Policies
-975: Sluggish Productivity Growth in Denmark: The Usual Suspects?
-976:
Avoiding Debt Traps: Financial Backstops and Structural Reforms
-977:
Implications of Output Gap Uncertainty in Times of Crisis
-978:
Measuring GDP Forecast Uncertainty Using Quantile Regressions

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Quarterly National Accounts V2012 N1 National Accounts V2012 N2 Detailed Tables


OECD annual inflation rate slows to 2.1% in May 2012: Press release

OECD employment rate at 64.9% in first quarter 2012, remains 1.6 percentage points below its pre-crisis level: Press release

Private consumption main driver of OECD GDP growth in the first quarter of 2012: Press release

OECD composite leading indicators point to easing in the pace of economic activity in major economies: Press release

OECD unemployment rate remains stable at 7.9% in May 2012: Press release

Quarterly National Accounts, Volume 2012 Issue 1: Subscribe on Online Bookshop | View issue on OECD iLibrary

National Accounts of OECD Countries, Volume 2012 Issue 2: Detailed Tables: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary Print copies now available!

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EDUCATION

Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century


Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century: Lessons from around the World. Print copies now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Let’s read them a story! Helping your children succeed in school: Blog post | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

What Are the Returns on Higher Education for Individuals and Countries? Education Indicators in Focus

Are Students More Engaged When Schools Offer Extracurricular Activities? PISA in Focus

educationtoday: OECD’s blog on global perspectives on education: Blog

Forthcoming
-Reviews of National Policies for Education: Higher Education in the Dominican Republic 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Teacher Evaluation in Chile 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Luxembourg 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Mexico 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training: Skills beyond School Review of Switzerland: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Canada 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Czech Republic 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Japan 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Korea 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: New Zealand 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Norway 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Portugal 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: United Kingdom 2012: Book listing
-Modernising Secondary School Buildings in Portugal: Book listing
-Untapped Skills: Realising the Potential of Immigrant Students: Book listing
-Connected Minds: Technology and Today's Learners: Book listing
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Guidance from PISA for the Canary Islands, Spain: Book listing
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-Upgrading School Buildings in Mexico with Social Participation: The Better Schools Programme: Book listing
-School Leadership: The creation of a common school culture: Teaching and Learning: International Survey (TALIS 2008 Data thematic report)

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

OECD Employment Outlook 2012


OECD sees high jobless rates continuing in OECD Employment Outlook 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Capital's Grabbing Hand? A Cross-Country/Cross-Industry Analysis of the Decline of the Labour Share: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Job Tasks, Work Skills and the Labour Market

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ENERGY

Medium-Term Rewnewable Energy Market Report 2012 Energy Policies of IEA Contries: Switzerland 2012 Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Ireland 2012
Oil Information 2012 Energy Statistics of OECD Countries 2012 Energy Balances of OECD Countries 2012


IEA sees renewable energy growth accelerating over next 5 years in Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA review of Switzerland energy policies highlights challenge of meeting carbon and nuclear phase-out objective: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA supports Ireland's push for a low-carbon economy in Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Ireland 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Oil Information 2012. PDF now available, print copies to come soon! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Energy Statistics of OECD Countries 2012. PDF now available, print copies to come soon!. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Energy Balances of OECD Countries 2012. PDF now available, print copies to come soon! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Muted economic recovery in 2013 supports a 1.0 mb/d rise in oil demand to 90.9 mb/d, says Monthly Oil Market Report: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-Electricity Security and a Climate-constrained World: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

New Green Growth Working Paper Series: OECD Green Growth Papers

OECD Green Growth Newsletter: July 2012 Issue

Forthcoming:
-Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods: Book listing

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HEALTH

Forthcoming
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Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector: What Works: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Laying the Foundation for the Internet Economy:  Access to the Internet via a High-Speed Infrastructure: Working paper

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Nuclear Law Bulletin V2012 N1


Nuclear Law Bulletin, Volume 2012 Issue 1 includes articles on Joint exercise of public powers in the nuclear field, Italian decommissioning in the post-referendum era, India’s new civil liability regime for nuclear damage in context and the control and repression of illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials. Subscribe on the Online Bookshop | Issue on the OECD iLibrary

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) activities in follow-up to the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: Report (PDF - 1.68 mb)

Actinide and Fission Product Partitioning and Transmutation: Proceedings of the Eleventh Information Exchange Meeting, San Francisco, California, 1-4 Nov. 2010: Report (PDF - 9.15 mb)

Forthcoming
-Uranium: Resources, Production and Demand 2011

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Slovenia: Towards a Strategic and Efficient State: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary Print version now available!

Value for Money in Government: Australia 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary Print version now available!

Forthcoming:
-Better Regulation in Europe: Greece 2012: Book listing
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 2: Promoting Integrity through Self-regulation: Book listing
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing
-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing

-OECD Integrity Review of Brazil: Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Slovenia 2012 Main Science and Technology Indicators 2012/1


OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Slovenia 2012: Book listing | Book on OECD iLibrary

Main Science and Technology Indicators, Volume 2012 Issue 1: Subscribe on Online Booskhop | View issue on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Central and Southern Denmark 2012



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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Forthcoming
-OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2012: Book listing

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TAXATION

The Global Forum welcomes Kazakhstan as new member: Announcement

Ghana signs tax co-operation agreement: Press release

Forthcoming:
-Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital 2010: Full Electronic Version (eMTC)
On USB Flash Memory Key: Listing

-Model Tax Convention on Income and Capital 2010: Full Version Book listing
-Taxing Wages 2011: Book listing
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing

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TRADE

Greener export credit rules approved: Press release | OECD Recommendation

Monthly Export Credit Interest Rate Update: Website

FATF Report on Illicit Tobacco Trade: Report (PDF 1.85 mb)

Forthcoming:
-Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods: Book listing


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TRANSPORTATION

Trends in the Transport Sector 2012: Book on Online Bookoshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Smart Grids and Elecctric Vehicles: Made for Each Other? Policy Brief (PDF 321 kb)

Cycling Safety: Key Messages: Report (PDF - 1.42 mb)

Forthcoming:
-Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health: Book listing

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Forthcoming
-Promoting Growth in All Regions: Book listing
-OECD Territorial Review: Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Central and Southern Denmark 2012

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Tax credits, child poverty and low wages
Once a primarily Anglo-Saxon phenomenon, tax credits and in-work benefits designed to get people into employment and make work pay have been springing up across OECD countries over the last decade or so. In addition to the UK, US and Canada, work-related benefit systems are now in place in Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden, with adoption taking place under parties on both the left and the right. Their wide appeal reflects their apparent successes. International evidence suggests that the programmes have raised employment among target groups and helped tackle child poverty. Nevertheless, many have questioned the cost-effectiveness of the schemes. In particular, a suspicion persists that the credits have done little more than subsidise employers and disguise poverty. Read more

Arab Spring: Repercussions and opportunities for education
It would be hard not to be aware of the huge changes sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa these past two years, and with so many spectacular and dramatic events still unfolding, it’s no surprise that more mundane issues such as education never grab the headlines. Yet education will be one of the foundations of both democracy and a modern economy in the region. As the OECD’s International Migration Outlook 2012 shows, education is now an international affair, with international students accounting on average for more than 6% of all students in OECD countries. In the UK, the figure is over twice that, 15.3% of tertiary-level students according to the Outlook. The turmoil created by the Arab Spring has seen many students losing their grants and other means of living. Read more

Rio+20: Half full or half empty?
As with most large UN conferences, there is a “glass half empty and a glass half full” perspective on how the outcome of Rio+20 may be viewed, including the negotiated text, The Future We Want. As someone who left the Rio+10 conference in Johannesburg saying that the world didn’t need another mega-conference, I confess to having some instinctive sympathy with the former camp. That’s not to say that tricky issues were ignored. Every conceivable element of the sustainable development agenda was offered space. Read more

Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea: The Blue Economy
How much are the oceans worth? Somewhere between $16 and $54 trillion a year according to this report. It may be more, nobody really knows, although Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES), a global partnership of developed and developing countries, international organisations, NGOs and academics, is hoping to find out over the next few years.
The Global Partnership for the Oceans cites figures for some parts of the ocean. Coral reefs for instance provide services to humans worth $172 billion annually. Fisheries are even more lucrative, with seafood sales at $190 billion a year for the catches alone, before the value added by processing. You could add another $50 billion if the fisheries were managed efficiently, according to a World Bank study quoted in Rebuilding Fisheries, a new OECD publication launched this week during OECD Day at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, Korea. Read more

Let’s read them a story! Helping your children succeed in school
“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education” said Mark Twain. Well, watching a film like Race to Nowhere makes you think Twain was right. The film describes schools miserably unable to prepare young Americans to become “healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens”. What went wrong? The schools portrayed are obsessed by success, but ironically they fail students. The pressure is such that the students’ only aim is to pass exams. Students are caught aboard a runaway train and use any means available to cope with the madness of the system. These include cheating, taking stimulants and tranquilisers, or even inflicting harm upon themselves. They don’t learn but merely memorize, regurgitate and forget. A student sighed with relief after her final exam: “Phew… I’ll never have to speak French again!” Read more

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