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3 SEPTEMBER 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 & Regional Policy

HIGHLIGHTS

Social Unrest Trends in the Transport Sector 2012


Social Unrest develops a framework for managing social unrest within a complex understanding of systemic risk. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Trends in the Transport Sector 2012 PDF available now. Printed versions to come soon. Presents data on global trends in the transport sector with up-to-date figures on the impact of the recent economic crisis. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

OECD Subscription Prices for 2013: Price list

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

Livestock Diseases: Prevention, Control and Compensation Schemes


Livestock Diseases: Prevention, Control and Compensation Schemes: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

A Comparative Study of Risk Management in Agriculture under Climate Change: Working paper

The Blue Economy: Video on the economy of the Oceans

Forthcoming
-Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2012: OECD Countries: Book listing
-OECD Review of Agricultural Policies: Indonesia 2012: Book listing
-Evaluation of Agri-Environmental Policies: Selected Methodological Issues and Case Studies: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic


Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic: Tapping the Potential for Development: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Status of Financial Education in Africa: Working paper

Financial Education, Savings and Investments: An Overview: Working paper

Coverage of Private Pension Systems: Evidence and Policy Options: Working paper

Identification and Assessment of Publicly Available Data Sources to Calculate Indicators of Private Pensions: Working paper

Promoting Compliance with Competition Law: Report (PDF - 2.47 mb)

The Role of Institutional Investors in Financing Clean Energy: Working paper

Defining and Measuring Green Investments: Working paper

2011 Survey of Investment Regulations of Pension Funds: Report (PDF 1.05 mb)

Annual Reports by Competition Agencies on Recent Developments: Webpage

Initiative to Raise Global Awareness of Bribery: Announcement

Mutual Evaluation Report on the Holy See (Including the Vatican City): Report (PDF - 1.65 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
-Competitive Neutrality: Maintaining a Level Playing Field between Public and Private Business: Book listing
-Corporate Governance, Value Creation and Growth: The Bridge between Finance and Enterprise: Book listing

-OECD Banking Statistics: Financial Statements of Banks 2012: Book listing
-Board Member Nomination and Election: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Tunisia 2012: Book listing





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DEVELOPMENT

Aid Effectiveness in the Health Sector: Progress and Lessons Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic


Aid Effectiveness in the Health Sector: Progress and Lessons PDF available now. Printed book to come soon! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic: Tapping the Potential for Development: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Sharp rise in aid to water supply and sanitation: Webpage

A history of the High Level Fora on Aid Effectiveness: Webpage

OECD Development Centre on Twitter: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing
-Improving International Support to Peace Processes:The Missing Piece: Book listing


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-none during this period

Forthcoming
-OECD Economic Surveys: Indonesia 2012: Book listing
-Directory of Bodies of the OECD 2012: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

OECD GDP growth slows to 0.2% in second quarter of 2012: Press release

Merchandise trade slows in most major economies in second quarter of 2012: Press release

4th OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy to be held in New Delhi, India, 16-19 October 2012: Announcement

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EDUCATION

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: New Zealand 2012 Transitions to Tertiary Education and Work for Youth with Disabilities Reviews of National Policies of Higher Education: Higher Education in the Dominican Republic 2012


Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: New Zealand 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Korea 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Czech Republic 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: United Kingdom 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Transitions to Tertiary Education and Work for Youth with Disabilities: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reviews of National Policies for Education: Higher Education in the Dominican Republic 2012 Print version now available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Modernising Secondary School Buildings in Portugal: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Skills beyond School Review of Denmark: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Skills beyond School Review of Korea: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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

Forthcoming
-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
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Japan 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Norway 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 2012: 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)
-Education at a Glance 2012: Book listing
-Education at a Glance 2012: Highlights: Book listing

-Skills beyond School Review of Switzerland: Book listing
-Teaching Practices and Pedagogical Innovations: Evidence from TALIS: Book listing


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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Social Unrest


Social Unrest: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Employment Outlook 2012. Print copies now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Career Pathway and Cluster Skill Development: Promising Models from the United States: Working paper

Scoreboard for youth aged 16-24: Excel® file

Forthcoming
-Job Tasks, Work Skills and the Labour Market
-Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now: Book listing
-Connecting with Emigrants: A Global Profile of Diasporas: Book listing



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ENERGY

Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries 2012 Energy Balances of Non-OECD Countries 2012 Natural Gas Information 2012


Legitimate public concerns over fracking must be addressed: Press release

Limiting the long-term increase of global temperature to 2° Celsius is still possible: Press release

Oil demand expectations for 2012/2013 trimmed by 300-400 thousand barrels per day says IEA Oil Market Report: Press release

Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries 2012 PDF available now. Printed versions to come soon! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Energy Balances of Non-OECD Countries 2012 PDF available now. Printed versions to come soon! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Natural Gas Information 2012 PDF available now. Print version to come soon! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Renewables Information 2012. Print version now available! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Electricity Information 2012: Print version now available! Book on Online bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Coal Information 2012. Print version now available! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Key World Energy Statistics 2011: Book on OECD iLibrary

Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications: Book on OECD iLibrary

Solar Heating and Cooling: Book on OECD iLibrary

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

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ENVIRONMENT

A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management


A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Water Challenge: OECD's Response: Updated webpage

OECD Work on Water: Update

Economics and Policies for Biodiversity: OECD's Response: Updated Webpage

Tracking Climate Finance: Webpage

Adaptation to Climate Change: List of available reports

Green Growth and Environmental Governance in Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia: Report

Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of GHG mitigation: List of available documents

Environmental-Economic Modeling: Webpage

Forthcoming:
-Illegal Trade in Environmentally Sensitive Goods: Book listing
-Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources: Book listing
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Multi-level Approach Book listing

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HEALTH

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

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Report on Consumer Protection in Online and Mobile Payments: Working Paper

Forthcoming
-OECD Internet Economy Outlook 2012: Book listing

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Doel-3 Reactor Pressure Vessel and Other Reactors with RPVs Manufactured by the Same Company: NEA press release

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

OECD Public Governance Reviews: France. An International Perspective on the General Review of Public Policies


OECD Public Governance Reviews: France: An international perspective on the General Review of Public Policies PDF available now. Printed books to come soon. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Measuring Regulatory Performance: Website

The Economic Impact of Regulatory Policy: Literature Review

Evaluating the Impact of Regulation and Regulatory Policy by Cary Coglianesi: Report (PDF - 1.37 mb)

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
-Competitive Neutrality: Maintaining a Level Playing Field between Public and Private Business: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform: Indonesia 2012: Strengthening Co-ordination and Connecting Markets: Book listing
-Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Multi-level Approach Book listing




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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Central and Southern Denmark 2012


OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Central and Southern Denmark 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2012: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Skills Development Pathways in Asia: Report (PDF - 4.78 mb)

Forthcoming
-Women in Business: Policies to Support Women's Entrepreneurship Development in the MENA Region: Book listing
-SME Policy Index: Eastern Partner Countries 2012: Implementation of the Small Business Act in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine: Book listing



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TAXATION

Model Tax Convention on Income and Capital 2010: Full Version now available on OECD iLibrary! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Taxing Wages 2011 Print version now available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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

-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing

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TRADE

Monthly Export Credit Interest Rate Update: Website

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


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TRANSPORTATION

Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health


Pedestrian Safety, Urban Space and Health: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Trends in the Transport Sector 2012 PDF available now. Printed versions to come soon. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

OECD Territorial Reviews: Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Central and Southern Denmark 2012


OECD Territorial Review: Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region PDF available now. Printed versions to come soon. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Reviews of Regional Innovation: Central and Southern Denmark 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Cluster Scoreboard: Measuring the Performance of Local Business Clusters in the Knowledge Economy: Working paper

Skills Development Pathways in Asia: Report (PDF - 4.78 mb)

Delivering Local Development in Derry-Londonderry Northern Ireland: Report (PDF - 3.10 mb)

Forthcoming
-Promoting Growth in All Regions: Book listing



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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Destroying the Antichrist and other ways science can help policymakers
In 1264 Pope Clement IV wrote to Roger Bacon asking for his help on an issue so grave he had to refer to it in the vaguest of terms in secret letters “concerning the things you recently indicated”. His circumspection was understandable: the problem was the Antichrist and how to deal with him. Unfortunately, as Robert Bartlett explains in The Natural and the Supernatural in the Middle Ages, Bacon hadn’t actually written the book describing the new remote-controlled weapons of mass destruction Clement was pinning his hopes on after hearing the savant boasting about it a few years earlier. Read more

BRICS: Emerging, not dominating
Wishes and reality often diverge. Najim Azahaf claims that “the BRICS are about to change the power structure in the world economic system”,  one of the major motivations behind the BRICS’ cooperation  being their shared desire to limit the power of the developed economies in the global financial system. Sure, the sustained growth that large emerging countries has experienced over the last decade and more has conferred on them a considerable growth delta over the OECD average. Combined with very large populations, these growth differences are translating into a new world economy.  For the first time in history, the countries with the largest economic mass are not also the richest countries.  Read more

Taxpaying made easier
Prawo Jazdy was the most reckless driver Ireland had ever known, travelling at unlawfully high speed around the country, pausing only to park illegally. And yet despite getting caught innumerable times, he avoided prosecution simply by changing address. Then one day a particularly gifted member of the Garda began to wonder if it all might not be a hideous mistake and looked up the Polish bandit’s name, not in the Interpol database, but a dictionary. Imagine his surprise when, as the Irish Times relates, he learned that Prawo Jazdy means “driving license”. Case solved. Here we’re talking about minor traffic offences committed by people who were actually cooperating with the police and not trying to avoid paying, and yet the basic information wasn’t getting across. A few studies published recently deal with the far more complicated and expensive business of international tax paying, or tax dodging, depending on how you look at it. The Tax Justice Network estimates that individuals hold about $21 trillion of unreported wealth offshore, the equivalent of the combined GDP of the US and Japan. Read more

Man’s worst friend
If you live in the USA, you’re 40 times more likely to end up in hospital due to a Christmas tree decoration than a shark attack, but (rough guess) 40 billion times less likely to end up on the news. Sharks have a bad press, and rightly so judging by some of the stories in Juliet Eilperin’s Demon Fish. For instance, did you know that baby tiger sharks eat each other in the womb? I didn’t, but I was sure that other animals were far more dangerous to human life than the Great White. There were 216 million cases of malaria in 2010 according to the WHO with 537 000 to 907 000 deaths, and mosquitoes also transmit the dengue fever that infects 50 to 100 million people each year and kills 12,500 to 25,000. The worst killers though are chickens, cows and other livestock. Read more

OECD fights alien invaders
In 1845, Belgian farmers discovered, too late, that a load of seed potatoes they had bought from America was contaminated with Phytophthora infestans, a Mexican fungus that had recently started infecting fields in the US. The blight caused by P. infestans rapidly spread all over the continent, triggering the European potato famine. Belgium and Prussia suffered over 40,000 hunger-related deaths each, and 10,000 died in France. But the worst impact was in Ireland, where a third of the population was entirely dependent on the potato for food. One million people out of a population of 8 million died of starvation and its side-effects between 1845 and 1850, and another million emigrated. Read more

Water stewardship: Does the OECD practice what it preaches?
This week, when world’s water experts are gathering in Stockholm, Sweden, to attend the annual World Water Week, more than one in six people worldwide - 894 million - don’t have access to improved water sources. To put this into perspective, imagine if nobody in Europe (plus another 100 million world citizens!) had no access to safe drinking water. Global water demand is projected to increase by 55% by 2050, due to growing needs for manufacturing, energy generation and domestic use. Almost four billion people will live in water-stressed river basins by 2050 if better policies are not introduced. Read more

Is the financial sector worth what we pay it?
A basic capitalist tenet is that the market represents the most efficient way to allocate capital. How well is it working? We are rapidly evolving a fast-moving, increasingly cybernetically interlinked capital marketplace that, as Lord May observes in the Santa Fe Institute Journal, has become intertwined in ever-more complex interdependent patterns. He goes on to ask how much are we, societally, paying the financial sector to allocate capital? More importantly, is the sector allocating capital to further societal goals, or merely enriching itself and a narrow segment of the world’s population? Read more

 


 

 

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