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 15 DECEMBER 2013 (Next issue 15 January 2014)
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THIS ISSUE'S TOPICS

Highlights Education Public Governance & 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

PISA 2012 Results, Vol. 1 Development Co-operation Report 2013
Regions at a Glance 2013 ITF Transport Outlook 2013


Asian countries top PISA 2012 survey, says PISA 2012 Results: What Students Know and Can Do, Volume I: Student Performance in Mathematics, Reading and Science: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary. See listings for other volumes below

To end poverty we also need to ensure equality and sustainability, says Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Improved multi-level governance key to tackling widening regional inequalities and ensuring inclusive recovery, says OECD Regions at a Glance 2013: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The volume of global transport could double by 2050, says the ITF Transport Outlook 2013: Funding Transport: Press release with video | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

Active charts are now available on the OECD iLibrary. See examples in the current issue of Main Economic Indicators. Run your cursor over the icons to identify which is an active chart. Active charts enable you to build and share your own tables with the size, time periods and countries you specify: Current issue of Main Economic Indicators

From now on, Multiingual Summaries posted on the iLibrary will be available in two additional formats, webbook and ePub. See example

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New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2014: Catalogue

New OECD Subscription Catalogue, 2014: Catalogue

OECD iLibrary is now available at over 2000 institutions in more than 100 countries. See the list by country

OECD iLibrary: Brochure

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

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

Workshop on Livestock disease policies: Conference proceedings

Forthcoming
-OECD Review of Fisheries 2013: Policies and Summary Statistics: Book listing
-OECD Review of Fisheries: Country Statistics 2013: Book listing
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture in Burkina Faso: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2013 OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Jordan 2013


Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2013: Responsible Business Conduct in Action: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Jordan 2013. PDF version available now. Print version to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Supervision and Enforcement in Corporate Governance. Print as well as PDF editions now available: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Mozambique 2013. Print as well as PDF editions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Pension reforms on track but the challenges of adequacy and inequality in old age remain, says Pensions at a Glance 2013: OECD and G20 Countries: Print and PDF versions now available! Press release | Book announcement | 8 key facts | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Colombian SOEs: A Review Against the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-owned Enterprises: Working paper

Institutional Investors as Owners:  Who Are they and What Do they Do? Working Paper

Freedom of investment at the OECD: Webpage

Finance and enterprise affairs: Call for papers

Forthcoming
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Tanzania 2013: Book listing
-OECD Institutional Investors Statistics 2013: Book listing
-OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Greece 2013: Book listing
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture in Burkina Faso: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Development Co-operation Report 2013


To end poverty we also need to ensure equality and sustainability, says Development Co-operation Report 2013: Ending Poverty: Book announcement with video | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2014: Print as well as PDF available now. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The OECD Development Centre Newsletter, December 2013 features articles on interrelations between public policies, migration and development, the OECD Network on Global Value Chains and Development, and developing principles for effective philanthropic engagement: Newsletter

Development Assistance CommitteeUpdated Member Donor Profiles: Website

DAC Glossary of Key Terms: Webpage

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys: Israel 2013


OECD saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela: Remains committed to his legacy: Press release

Israel's economy is growing strongly, but further efforts are needed to improve living standards, says OECD Economic Surveys: Israel 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economic Surveys: Greece 2013: Print as well as PDF now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2013, Issue 2 Annex Tables are now available. The print edition will arrive in January 2014. Annex Tables Print edition to come soon!

OECD Economic Surveys: Switzerland 2013: Print as well as PDF versions now available! Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The following books from the Better Policies Series are now available on the OECD iLibrary. Prepared at various times over the past few years, they summarize recent OECD findings across a variety of policy areas for the subject countries. They are not available in print form.

The People's Republic of China – Avoiding the Middle-Income Trap: Policies for Sustained and Inclusive Growth: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Addressing the Competitiveness Challenges in Germany and the Euro Area: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

India: Sustaining High and Inclusive Growth: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Italy: Reviving Growth and Productivity: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary (Not available in print form)

Policies for a Revitalisation of Japan: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

A Framework for Growth and Social Cohesion in Korea: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Mexico: Better Policies for Inclusive Development: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Portugal: Reforming the State to promote growth: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Russia: Modernising the Economy: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Slovak Republic: Fostering an Inclusive Job-rich Recovery: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Perspectives: Spain, Policies for a Sustainable Recovery: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

United Kingdom: Policies for a Sustainable Recovery: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1098: Informal Employment in Russia
-1099: Cross-country Spillovers from Fiscal Consolidations
-1100: New Econometric Estimates of Long-term Growth Effects of Different Areas of Public Spending
-1101: Getting Irish Youth on the Job Track

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Monthly Statistics of International Trade V2013 N11


Monthly Statistics of International Trade, Volume 2013 Issue 11: Read and Share | Subscribe on the Online Bookshop | Issue on OECD iLibrary | Related database

Composite leading indicators point to an improving economic outlook in most major economies: Press release

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.3% in October 2013: Press release

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.9% in October 2013: Press release

G20 GDP growth picks up to 0.9% in third quarter of 2013: Press release

Diverging patterns of merchandise trade across major economies in third quarter of 2013: Press release

G20 GDP growth picks up to 0.9% in third quarter of 2013: Press release

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EDUCATION

PISA 2012 Results, Vol. 1 PISA 2012 Results, Vol. 2 PISA 2012 Results, Vol. 3
PISA 2012 Results, Vol. 4 Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States Leadership for 21st Century Learning


Asian countries top PISA 2012 survey, says PISA 2012 Results: What Students Know and Can Do, Volume I: Student Performance in Mathematics, Reading and Science: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

PISA 2012 Results: Excellence through Equity, Volume II: Giving every Student the Chance to Succeed analyses how equity in education has evolved between 2003 and 2012. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

PISA 2012 Results: Ready to Learn, Volume III: Students' Engagement, Drive and Self-Beliefs explores student engagement with and at school, their drive and motivation to succeed, and the beliefs they hold about themselves as mathematics learners. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

PISA 2012 Results: What Makes a School Successful, Volume IV: Resources, Policies and Practices examines how student performance is associated with various characteristics of of individual schools and school systems. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

American 15-year-olds rank below average in mathematics and only average in reading and science, says Lessons from PISA 2012 for the United States: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Two more volumes of PISA 2012 Results will come out early next year. The first will examine student skills in problem solving, and the second will cover financial education.

Leadership for 21st Century Learning: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Skills Outlook 2013: First Results from the Survey of Adult Skills. Print as well as PDF editions now available! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Schooling Matters:  Opportunity to Learn in PISA 2012: Working paper

The Simple, the Complicated, and the Complex: Educational Reform Through the Lens of Complexity Theory: Working paper

OECD Education and Skills Newsletter, December 2013 includes articles on PISA 2012 and the Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship and includes links to interesting data visualisations related to PISA 2012: Newsletter

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Book listing
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-Reviews of National Policies for Education: Secondary Education in Kazakhstan: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Coping with Emigration in Baltic and East European Countries


Coping with Emigration in Baltic and East European Countries: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Pension reforms on track but the challenges of adequacy and inequality in old age remain, says Pensions at a Glance 2013: OECD and G20 Countries: Print and PDF now available! Press release | Book announcement | 8 key facts | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Mental Health and Work: Switzerland: Book listing

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ENERGY

Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2013


Global coal demand growth slows slightly, IEA says in Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2013. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

World Energy Outlook 2013. Print as well as PDF versions now available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Global oil supplies increased by 310 kb/d in November to 92.3 mb/d, as non-OPEC crude output topped 43 mb/d for the first time in decades, according to the December Oil Market Report: Newsletter

Secure and Efficient Electricity Supply presents solutions for a successful transition to low-carbon energy systems: Report (PDF)

Forthcoming
-Energy Policies of Morocco 2013

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Environmental Performance Review: South Africa 2013


South Africa shows good progress on environment, but must keep up pace, says OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: South Africa 2013: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

World Social Science Report 2013: Changing Global Environments. Print as well as PDF versions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Political Economy of Fuel Subsidies in Colombia: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water
-Environment at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators: Book listing
-Green Growth Indicators 2013: Book listing

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HEALTH

OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Sweden 2013


Sweden has excellent health care but must improve care co-ordination, says OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Sweden 2013: Raising Standards: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Addressing Dementia: The OECD Response: Report

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Turkey 2013: Raising Standards: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

OECD Telecom and Internet Statistics on iLibrary: Database

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA News Bulletin, December 2013 includes articles on minor actinide burning in thermal reactors and the new edition of Nuclear Energy Data: Newsletter (These new NEA publications will be posted on the OECD iLibrary soon.

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Fiscal Federalism 2014 Investing Together


Fiscal Federalism 2014: Making Decentralisation Work. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Investing Together: Working Effectively across Levels of Government: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Implementing the OECD Principles for Integrity in Public Procurement: Progress since 2008: Print as well as PDF versions now available! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Use of Social Media in Risk and Crisis Communication: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-Public Procurement Review of the Mexican Institute of Social Security: Enhancing Efficiency and Integrity for Better Health Care: Book listing
-Regulatory Policy and Behavioural Economics: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Commercialising Public Research


Commercialising Public Research: New Trends and Strategies: PDF available now. Print edition to come out soon! Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Regions and Innovation: Collaborating across Borders: Print as well as PDF versions are now available! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Toward New Models for Innovative Governance of Biomedecine and Health Technologies: Policy paper

Innovation-driven Growth in Regions: The Role of Smart Specialisation: Report (PDF - 2.95 mb)

Forthcoming:
-National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development: With perspectives on Colombia and Indonesia: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Forthcoming
-The Missing Entrepreneurs: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe: Book listing

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TAXATION

Fiscal Federalism 2014


Fiscal Federalism 2014: Making Decentralisation Work. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Tax Dialogue: Key issues and debates in VAT, SME taxation and the tax treatment of the financial sector: Report (PDF - 3.78 mb

Forthcoming:
-Global Forum Peer Reviews: Saudi Arabia, Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework:
Book listing (to come in 2014)

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TRADE

OECD Secretary-General hails new WTO agreement: a victory for multilateralism: Press release

Mapping Global Value Chains: Policy paper

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

Forthcoming
-OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2013 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country: Book listing

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TRANSPORTATION

ITF Transport Outlook 2013


The volume of global transport could double by 2050, says the ITF Transport Outlook 2013: Funding Transport: Press release with video | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

ITF Newsletter, December 2013 includes articles on the ITF Transport Outlook, ITF relations with Mexico, the first ITF Round Table held in India, and sustainable transport policies: Newsletter

Follow ITF on Twitter! https://twitter.com/ITF_forum

Forthcoming
-Cycling, Health and Safety: Book listing
-Long-Run Trends in Car Use :
Book listing

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Regions at a Glance 2013 Investing Together


Rethink regional and city policies for inclusive growth - Chair’s Summary from ministerial meeting: Press release

Improved multi-level governance key to tackling widening regional inequalities and ensuring inclusive recovery, says OECD Regions at a Glance 2013: Press release | Book announcement | Country profiles | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Investing Together: Working Effectively across Levels of Government: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Regions and Innovation: Collaborating across Borders: Print as well as PDF versions now available! Read and Share | Book listing | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Case of Oresund (Denmark-Sweden) – Regions and Innovation: Collaborating Across Borders: Working paper

The Case of the Top Technology Region/Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen Triangle (TTR-ELAt) – Regions and Innovation: Collaborating Across Borders: Working paper

The Port and its Environment: Methodological Approach for Economic Appraisal: Working paper

Aix-Marseille at the crossroads: Overcoming fragmentation for a stronger metropolitan area: Report (PDF - 3 mb. Available only in French)

Innovation-driven Growth in Regions: The Role of Smart Specialisation: Report (PDF - 2.95 mb)

Forthcoming:
-OECD Territorial Reviews: Ukraine 2013: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

But how would he do on PISA?
We couldn’t resist this video by Aria Shahrokhshahi, a young British lad who’s been struggling with his sums. “One year before this video I was at a grade F in maths,” Aria explained. “In England you need a C (pass) to basically do anything with your life. […] Neither me or my dad or my teachers thought I was going to get my C.” But, as the video shows, Aria surprised everyone – especially his dad – by getting that C. Soon, it won’t just be Mr Shahrokhshahi who’s getting excited about mathematics scores. For on Tuesday the OECD will release the latest round of results from its PISA programme of international student assessments, or, as the BBC calls it, “the world’s most important exam”. Read more

Asia’s students storm PISA 2012
Students in Asia have topped the rankings in the latest round of the OECD’s PISA programme of international student assessment. The results, released this morning, show countries and economies in Asia grabbing seven of the top 10 slots in mathematics, the focus subject of the PISA 2012 round. Read more

How the world reported PISA
Much of the media coverage around PISA focused on the strong performance of Asia’s students. But regular followers of the OECD’s assessments of worldwide student performance had something else on their minds: where’s Finland? They weren’t the only ones feeling troubled: “The golden days are over,” lamented Finnbay, a Finnish media outlet, as it reported that Finland, long a PISA poster-child, had “dropped from the top of the league.” Yle, the national broadcaster, even wondered if the country’s education system might be at risk of sharing “the fate of another fallen national champion – Nokia.” Numerous explanations were offered for the Nordic country’s performance, including that it may be a victim of its own PISA success. Read more

Can we really end poverty? The debate
What’s it like to be poor? The question might sound dumb, even patronising, but it’s increasingly important to how the development community thinks about poverty. At its heart is the idea that no two people, no two communities, experience poverty in exactly the same way. Causes differ, experiences differ, and so can solutions. Read more

Are the Chinese cheating in PISA or are we cheating ourselves? by Andreas Schleicher
Whenever an American or European wins an Olympic gold medal, we cheer them as heroes. When a Chinese does, the first reflex seems to be that they must have been doping; or if that’s taking it too far, that it must have been the result of inhumane training. There seem to be parallels to this in education. Only hours after results from the latest PISA assessment showed Shanghai’s school system leading the field, Time magazine concluded the Chinese must have been cheating. They didn’t bother to read the PISA technical report, which shows there was no cheating, whatsoever, involved. Nor did they speak with the experts who had drawn the samples or with the international auditors who had carefully reviewed and validated the sample for Shanghai and those of other countries.
http://oecdinsights.org/2013/12/10/are-the-chinese-cheating-in-pisa-or-are-we-cheating-ourselves. Read more

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