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

HIGHLIGHTS

Latin American Economic Outlook 2012 OECD Economic Surveys Germany 2012 Equity and Quality in Education


Latin American Economic Outlook 2012. Print version now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth says OECD Economic Surveys: Germany 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Governments should invest more in disadvantaged schools and students to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance says Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

OECD Yearbook 2012 OECD Factbook 2011-2012


Towards a positive legacy of a terrible crisis: the title of the editorial by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría sets the tone in this second annual OECD Yearbook 2012 (annual supplement to the OECD Observer). The 168 page volume features articles by renowned guests from government, business, trade unions and civil society who join OECD experts to take stock of the crisis and explore the key questions that confront the world economy in the year ahead: View book | Subscribe to the OECD Observer

OECD Factbook 2012: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics For 50 years, the OECD has been at the forefront in the production of reliable, comparable, timely and trusted statistics. The OECD Factbook is the most comprehensive statistical publication of the Organisation. This year's edition provides not only a snapshot of the most recent statistics produced by the OECD but also celebrates its 50th Anniversary through a special chapter focusing on longer-term developments. Also new this year, online data for the Country Statistical Profiles will be updated dynamically. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Webpage (iPhone/iPad apps now available on App Store!)

OECD lauches 2012 Video Competion. Theme is Education and Skills: Announcement

OECD Subscription Prices for 2012: 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

Forthcoming
-Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction: A Synthesis: Book listing
-Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction: Book listing
-Improving Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Solving Europe's banking and debt crisis: Article by Adrian Blundell-Wignall

Forthcoming
-OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises
-Competitiveness and Private Sector Development: Ukraine 2011: Sector Competitiveness Strategy
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Colombia 2012: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Kazakhstan 2012: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Zambia 2012: Book listing
-OECD Journal: Financial Market Trends, Volume 2011 Supplement 1: Five Decades at the Heart of Financial Modernisation

-OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2012: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Latin American Economic Outlook 2012 Global Security Risks and West Africa Greening Development


Latin American Economic Outlook 2012. Print version now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Global Security Risks and West Africa: Development Challenges: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (Print version to come shortly)

Greening Development: Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance: Book Announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Updated DAC List of ODA Recipients: Webpage

OECD Development Centre prepares for 50th Anniversary: Announcement

OECD Development Centre Newsletter, February 2012: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-OECD Insights - From Aid to Development: The Global Fight against Poverty (formerly titled OECD Insights: Develoment and Aid): Book listing
-Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction: A Synthesis: Book listing
-Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction: Book listing
-Aid Effectiveness 2011
-Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance: Book listing

-Strategic Environmental Assessment in Development Practice: A Review of Recent Experience: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys: Finland 2012 OECD Economic Surveys Germany 2012 OECD Economic Surveys Norway 2012


OECD Week 2012, comprising OECD Forum 2012 and the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level will be held on 22-24 May 2012.

Policymakers should cushion the downturn by strengthening active labour market policies says OECD Economic Surveys: Finland 2012: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Germany is leading the charts on employment and green growth says OECD Economic Surveys: Germany 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economic Surveys: Norway 2012: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Statement by OECD's Gurria after meeting Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti: Statement

OECD’s Gurría welcomes Spain’s reforms to strengthen finances and boost jobs: Press release

Green Growth: Making it Happen: Article by Angel Gurría

OECD Economics Department Working Papers:
-942: The Impact of Changes in Second Pension Pillars on Public Finances in Central and Eastern Europe
-943: Building Blocks for a Better Functioning Housing Market in Chile

Forthcoming
-Economic Policy Reforms 2012: Going for Growth: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Hungary 2012: Book listing



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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

National Accounts at a Glance 2011 Statistics on International Trade in Services V2


National Accounts at a Glance 2011. Print version now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2011 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Exploring Determinants of Subjective Well-Being in OECD Countries: Evidence from the World Values Survey: Working paper

OECD unemployment rate remains stable at 8.2% in December 2011 but national rates continue to diverge: Press release

OECD area composite leading indicator shows signs of a positive change in momentum: Press release

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EDUCATION

Equity and Quality in Education


Governments should invest more in disadvantaged schools and students to ensure that everyone gets a fair chance says Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD to participate in International Summit on the Teaching Profession: Press release

Exploring the Complex Interaction Between Governance and Knowledge in Education: Working paper

A Literature Review of School Practices to Overcome School Failure: Working paper

Technical feasibility of Reporting YITS 2010 Skill Assessment Results on the PISA 2000 Reading Scale: Working paper

Does Money Buy Strong Performance in PISA? PISA in Focus

Last chance to register for " A Recipe for Success: Transforming Learning Environments through Dynamic Local Partnerships,", a CELE conference which will take place in Turku, Finland from 22-24 February 2012! Programme | Registration

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

Forthcoming
-Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for Japan
-Languages in a Global World: Learning for Better Cultural Understanding: Book listing
-School Leadership: The creation of a common school culture: Teaching and Learning: International Survey (TALIS 2008 Data thematic report)
-Innovation in School Education: TALIS Thematic Report
-PISA 2009 Technical Report: Book listing
-Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments: Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed, says The Labour Market Integration of Immigrants and their Children in Switzerland: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Job Tasks, Work Skills and the Labour Market
-Jobs for Immigrants, Vol. 3: Labour Market Integration in Austria, Norway and Switzerland: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Slovak Republic 2011


IEA supports Slovak efforts to push for regional integration and energy efficiency in Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Slovak Republic 2011: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA’s latest summary of key energy data available on iPhone and iPad: Announcement

IEA to prepare in-depth energy outlook of Iraq: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Medium-Term Oil and Gas Markets 2011
-Energy Policies of OECD Countries: Slovak Republic 2011

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ENVIRONMENT

Greening Development OECD Green Growth Studies: Energy Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies


Greening Development: Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance: Book Announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Green Growth Studies: Energy. Print version now available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies. Print edition now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050:
Book listing
-Strategic Environmental Assessment in Development Practice: A Review of Recent Experience: Book listing

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HEALTH

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies


Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies. Print edition now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Russian Federation 2012: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico says Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Mexico. Print version of book onw available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, February 2012 includes an article on an NEA mission to the Russian Federation: Newsletter

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government


Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Urban Trends and Policies in OECD Countries: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 2: Promoting Integrity through Self-regulation
-OECD Territorial Reviews: Chihuahua, Mexico 2012:
-OECD Territorial Reviews: The Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Area, United States 2012
-OECD Integrity Review of Brazil: Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service: Book listing
-Institutional and Financial Relations across Levels of Government: Book listing
-Better Regulation in Europe: Italy 2012: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Forthcoming:
-OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy: Book listing
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Food and the Tourism Experience: The OECD-Korea Workshop: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Knowledge Networks and Their Impact on New and Small Firms in Local Economies: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Food and the Tourism Experience: The OECD-Korea Workshop: Book listing
-Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurship: An OECD Scoreboard: Book listing

 

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TAXATION

Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing


Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing, Print version now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming:
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing
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Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews:
-- Brazil 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Chile 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework

-- Costa Rica 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Cyprus 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Czech Republic 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Guatemala 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Republic of Korea 2012: Combined: Phase 1 + Phase 2
--Malta 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Mexico 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Slovak Republic 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--United Arab Emirates 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework

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TRADE

Statistics on International Trade in Services V2


OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2011 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TRANSPORTATION

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies



Stakeholders help shape agenda for 2012 Summit on seamlessness: Announcement | Registration

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies. Print edition now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reporting on Serious Road Traffic Casualties: Report (PDF - 2.25 mb)

Apply now for Transport Achievement Award: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Solving the sovereign debt crisis
On September 5th 1661, Louis XIV ordered D’Artagnan and his musketeers to arrest Nicolas Fouquet, the “Surintendant des finances”, for ruining the king through exorbitant interest rates on sovereign debt as well as diverting some of the financial flows from lenders to the royal coffers into his own pocket. Fouquet defended himself well though, and after a three-year trial was exiled rather than executed. Today he’s mostly remembered for parties that even the Sun King found a tad extravagant (although Louis did build the Palace of Versailles as a bigger, blingier version of Fouquet’s château at Vaux-le-Vicomte). Fouquet tackled problems that would be familiar to any European finance minister today, using means that are still part of the policy response to the current crisis such as cutting public spending, rescheduling debt and raising taxes and improving their collection. (He also used a few that aren’t so common or so blatant anymore such as selling public offices to his cronies.) Fouquet understood something that is key to the present crisis: the need to restore confidence and get the economy moving. He did this thanks to a number of instruments including reassigning to solvable funds sovereign debt that had in today’s terms become junk bonds and even providing collateral himself for sovereign borrowing. So, restore trust, fix the financial system, stimulate growth. Three and a half centuries later, you can read a similar argument in a paper by Adrian Blundell-Wignall, Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Financial Markets. In Solving the Financial and Sovereign Debt Crisis in Europe, Blundell-Wignall looks at why the crisis is worse in Europe than elsewhere and what can be done. Read more

Angels in America, and elsewhere
The OECD has just published a report that “aims to provide some qualitative and quantitative information on the angel market”. However, if you’re looking for advice on selling yours, you’ll be disappointed. Financing High-Growth Firms: The role of angel investors is actually about investors who finance new ventures at the start-up phase and sometimes help them with operational expertise and contacts as well. These “business angels” borrow their name from their counterparts in the theatre, people who put up money to pay for new shows. They fill an important gap by providing external seed capital and early-stage equity, and in many countries they’re far more important than the better-known venture capitalists. The sums they invest are much smaller, around $25,000 to $500,000 compared with $3 to 5 million for venture capital, but it’s vital given how hard it is for new businesses and young entrepreneurs to get loans. Read more

Roses are red, violets are blue, here is an Insights blog, just for you
It’s Valentine’s Day (wasn’t it Saint Valentine’s Day at one time?) and here at this most romantic of international organisations we’re happy to see lovers the world over celebrating causes so close to our red velvet heart, such as trade and innovation  (or flowers and chocolate, to use the technical terms). On this special day, let’s leave the cynics to their grumbling and enjoy being nice to somebody by sharing the fruits of technology transfer, competition, economies of scale and opportunities for learning, as described by Nobuo Kiriyama in the latest OECD Trade Policy Working Paper. History provides some vivid illustrations of what Nobua is talking about. In the era of the Silk Road, China’s competition policy regarding the silk trade was simple: anyone caught trying to export silkworms, cocoons or eggs was executed. This crude but effective barrier protected Chinese manufacturers until around 200 BCE when Chinese immigrants to Korea started production there too. A hundred years later, a princess smuggled eggs to India in her hair. A hundred years after that two monks smuggled eggs on the orders of the Byzantine emperor and the industry gradually became established in the West. Silk shows that new technology doesn’t have to be imported readymade, and that knowledge transfer can be more important (it also raises questions about whether and by how much the economy as whole benefits from protecting intellectual property). Read more

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