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LIBRARIANS' EDITION,  15 FEBRUARY 2013
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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

OECD Factbook 2013 Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2013
Electricity in a Climate Constrained World: Data and Analysis Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting


OECD Factbook 2013: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics. Special Chapter on Gender Equity now available! The print edition is now available! View on OECD iLibrary | Book on Online Bookshop

Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery, says Economic Policy Reforms 2013: Going for Growth: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Coal’s share of global energy mix to continue rising, with coal closing in on oil as world’s top energy source by 2017, says Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Data and Analysis: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax in Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Press release | Blog post | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

Follow new facts from the OECD Factbook 2013 on the OECD Publications Twitter account: https://twitter.com/OECD_Pubs

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Follow OECD Publications on Linked In: OECD Publications on Linked In

OECD Subscription Prices for 2013: Price list

New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2013: 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

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries finds that a 10% improvement in the quality of transport and trade-related infrastructure has the potential of increasing developing countries' agricultural exports by 30%: Working paper

Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector: Proceedings of a Joint FAO/OECD Workshop: Proceedings website

Forthcoming
-International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables: Broccoli: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa


OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax in Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Press release | Blog post | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

China attracts the lion’s share of global FDI flows in 2012: FDI in Figures | Excel® Spreadsheet

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment: TRACE

News from the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, January 2013 includes articles on building financial capability in Africa and the Middle East, investment for food security and agriculture, due diligence in mineral supply chains in Africa, and public debt management. Newsletter

Updated list of National Contact Points for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Contact list

OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme: Website

Policy Handbooks for Competitiveness in Kazakhstan:
-Enhancing Skills through Public-Private Partnerships in Kazakhstan's Information Technology Sector: Handbook (PDF - 10.12 mb)
-Improving Access to Finance in Kazakhstan's Agribusiness Sector: Handbook (PDF - 11.62 mb)
-Promoting Investment in Kazakhstan's Agribusiness Value Chain: Handbook (PDF - 10.99 mb)

OECD-India Work on Corporate Governance: Website

Forthcoming
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, Second Edition: Book listing
-Renewable Energies in the Middle East and North Africa: Policies to Support Private Investment: Book listing
-OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2013: Book listing
-Renewable Energies in the Middle East and North Africa: Policies to Support Private Investment: Book listing
-OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2013: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Donor aid at a Glance: Website

Recipient Aid at a Glance: Website

Donor Profile: Japan: Webpage

Aid for Energy: Website

Aid to Water and Sanitation: Website

OECD Development Centre Newsletter for February 2013 includes articles on migration, the economic assessment of Colombia, and Global Value Chains: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-Tax and Development: Aid Modalities for Strengthening Tax Systems: Book listing
-Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2013: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2013 OECD Economic Surveys United Kindgom 2013


Structural reforms more important than ever for a strong and balanced economic recovery, says Economic Policy Reforms 2013: Going for Growth: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Boosting growth and tackling inequality are key to recovery, says OECD Economic Surveys: United Kingdom 2013: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Sustaining growth: Trust, equality, jobs: Web article

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1017: Investing Efficiently in Education and Active Labour Market Policies in Slovakia
-1018: Improving the Fiscal Framework to Enhance Growth in an Era of Fiscal Consolidation in Slovakia
-1019: Slovakia: A Catching Up Euro Area Member In and Out of the Crisis
-1020: Do Policies that Reduce Unemployment Raise its Volatility? Evidence from OECD Countries

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Surveys: South Africa 2013

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

National Accounts at a Glance 2013 National Accounts of OECD Countries: General Government Accounts 2012


National Accounts at a Glance 2013: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

National Accounts of OECD Countries: General Government Accounts 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Composite leading indicators point to diverging growth rates across major economies: Press release

OECD unemployment rate stable at 8.0% in December 2012: Press release

Frequently Asked Questions about Purchasing Power Parities: FAQs

Forthcoming:
-OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-Being: Book listing
-OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2013: Book listing

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EDUCATION

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 2012 PISA 2012 Assessment and Analytical Framework


Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 2012. Freely available only in Read and PDF forms. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

PISA 2012 Assessment and Analytical Framework. PDF available now. Print to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reviews of National Policies for Education: Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Chile 2013. Print version now available: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Investing Efficiently in Education and Active Labour Market Policies in Slovakia: Working paper

What Do Students Expect To Do After Finishing Upper Secondary School? PISA in Focus

What Do Students Think about School? PISA in Focus

2013 Teacher Summit fo focus on teacher evaluation and professional standards: Announcement

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: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Wroclaw, Poland: Book listing
-Trends Shaping Education 2013: Book listing
-Art for Art's Sake: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Germany


Germany is open to graduates but immigration is difficult for medium-skilled workers, says Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Germany 2013: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Korea must strengthen social cohesion to boost growth and equity, says Strengthening Social Cohesion in Korea: Press release | Book to come soon!

Investing Efficiently in Education and Active Labour Market Policies in Slovakia: Working paper

Do Policies that Reduce Unemployment Raise its Volatility? Evidence from OECD Countries: Working paper

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Mental Health and Work: Denmark: Book listing
-Mental Health and Workd: Norway: Book listing
-Mental Health and Work: Sweden: Book listing
-Korea: Improving the Re-employment Prospects of Displaced Workers: Book listing

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ENERGY

Electricity in a Climate Constrained World: Data and Analysis Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Sweden 2013


Coal’s share of global energy mix to continue rising, with coal closing in on oil as world’s top energy source by 2017, says Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Data and Analysis: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA shows how Sweden can build on its impressive low-carbon successes in Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Sweden 2013: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Crude oil futures prices breached nine month highs in early February, reports the IEA Oil Market Report for February 2013: Newsletter

IEA releases new iPhone and iPad app with key energy data by country and by energy source: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Renewable Energies in the Middle East and North Africa: Policies to Support Private Investment: Book listing
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Germany 2013

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD’s Work on Sustainable Materials & Waste Management: Flyer

OECD Work on Environment 2013-2014: Brochure

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Italy 2013: Book listing

-Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Book listing

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HEALTH

Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector


Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector: What Works: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Frequently requested health data series now available in Excel file: Webpage

Forthcoming
-Mental Health and Work: Denmark: Book listing
-Mental Health and Workd: Norway: Book listing
-Mental Health and Work: Sweden: Book listing

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


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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Empowering and Protecting Consumers in the Internet Economy: Working paper

OECD Broadband Portal now updated: Broadband Portal

Forthcoming:
-Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Strategic Study on Communication Infrastructure and Paperless Administration: Book listing

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, February 2013 includes articles on fast running software tools, medical radioisotope policy, and more: Newsletter

International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project Handbook: Announcement

Japan's Compensation System for Nuclear Damage: Report (PDF - 3.72 mb)

Nuclear Power Plant Operating Experience 2009-2011: Report (PDF - 798 kb)

Follow NEA on Twitter

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Brazil's Supreme Audit Institution: The Audit of the Consolidated Year-end Government Report


Brazil's Supreme Audit Institution: The Audit of the Consolidated Year-end Govrnment Report: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Civil Service Professionalisation in the Western Balkans: SIGMA paper

Rethinking Europe’s "Rule of Law" and Enlargement Agenda :  The Fundamental Dilemma: SIGMA paper

OECD Best Practices for Budget Transparency: Best practices (PDF - 152 kb)

Forthcoming:
-OECD e-Government Studies: Egypt 2012: Book listing
-Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Strategic Study on Communication Infrastructure and Paperless Administration: Book listing

-Policy Making after Disasters: Helping Regions Become Resilient – The Case of Post-Earthquake Abruzzo: Book listing
-Strengthening Evidence-based Policy Making on Security and Justice in Mexico: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Sweden 2012


OECD Reviews of Innovation Policies: Sweden 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa


New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-The Missing Entrepreneurs: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe: Book listing
-Skills Development and Training in SMEs: Book listing

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TAXATION

Addresing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting


OECD urges stronger international co-operation on corporate tax in Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Press release | Blog post | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Public comments received on the revised discussion draft on tax treaty issues related to emissions permits and credits: Comments

Public comments received on the revised discussion draft on the definition of “permanent establishment” (Article 5) of the OECD Model Tax Convention: Comments

Public comments received on the revised proposals concerning the meaning of “beneficial owner” in Articles 10, 11 and 12 of the OECD Model Tax Convention: Comments

Public comments received on the revised discussion draft on tax treaty issues related to emissions permits and credits: Comments

OECD's Committee on Fiscal Affairs invites public comments on the consolidated version of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines: Invitation

OECD releases system to reduce compliance cost and facilitate cross-border investment: TRACE

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

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TRADE

Estimating the Constraints to Agricultural Trade of Developing Countries finds that a 10% improvement in the quality of transport and trade-related infrastructure has the potential of increasing developing countries' agricultural exports by 30%: Working paper

Trade and Labour Market Adjustment: Working paper

Monthly Export Credit Interest Rate Update: Website

Forthcoming
-OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, Second Edition: Book listing

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TRANSPORTATION

ITF Newsletter, February 2013 includes articles on the upcoming May ITF Summit, the transport achievemnt award, and other activities: Newsletter

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

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Forthcoming:
-Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Wroclaw, Poland: Book listing
-OECD Territorial Reviews: Brazil: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Restoring Trust and Trustworthiness: The Leadership Challenge
Apparently, the United States enjoys a surplus of deficits. President Obama’s first State of the Union address warned that we are weakened and endangered not only by our financial deficit, but also by a deficit in trust. He wasn’t making that up. Polls by Edelman and Associates, the PEW Research Center, the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, and many others find that Americans’ trust in business and political leaders is in the dumps—and not springing back to life anytime soon. We’ve heard it all before—the president, the polls, the pundits, the public—but can anyone do anything about it? As a matter of fact, yes. Read more

College, or something like it
We take it for granted, but the fact that so many school leavers routinely go on to study in university is a relatively recent development. Back in 1900, it’s estimated  that there were just half a million students in higher education around the world. By 2010, Unesco estimates the figure stood at around 177 million. Few countries did more to pioneer the expansion of higher education than the United States, and today its finest colleges and universities have a global reputation. Among OECD countries, only three – Canada, Israel and Japan – can boast a higher proportion of graduates among their total adult populations than the U.S. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll spot an interesting trend: among younger adults (25-to-34 years old), the U.S. slips to just 14th  place among OECD countries for the proportion of graduates in that age group. Also worth noting: there’s very little difference – just a single percentage point – between  graduation rates of the total population (41%) and the younger age group (42%). The implication is clear. In most OECD countries, younger people tend to be better educated than older ones, but in the U.S., as the BBC reported, that’s less and less the case. “It’s something of great significance because much of today’s economic power of the United States rests on a very high degree of adult skills – and that is now at risk,” commented the OECD’s Andreas Schleicher. So why does the U.S.’s long love affair with higher education seem to be running out of steam? Read more

Fossil fuel subsidies: billions up in smoke?
On a visit to Scotland in 1435, Aeneas Sylvius, the future Pope Pius II, saw many marvellous things, but as he wrote in his journal, the most astonishing was how “the poor, who almost in a state of nakedness begged at the church door, depart with joy in their faces on receiving stones as alms!” Like most Europeans at the time, the pre-Pope didn’t know what coal was, but once he heard the explanation, he saw that the monks were doing a good deed by helping the poor to heat their hovels. These days, he may have been astonished to learn that often it’s the other way round. German taxpayers for instance gave 2 billion euros to coal producers in 2011. Poland’s coal producers got 7 billion euros over 1999-2011. These are just a couple of examples of the 550 measures that support fossil-fuel production or use in the OECD’s 34 member countries.  These measures had an overall value of $55 to $90 billion a year in 2005-2011 according to a new OECD report, Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013. Read more

BEPS: why you’re taxed more than a multinational
The new OECD report on Addressing base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) doesn’t sound like the kind of thing anybody would read for fun, but I guarantee that if you do read it, you’ll want to tell your friends (and enemies) about what you discover in its 80 or so densely written pages. Especially if you pay taxes. For instance, according to the IMF, in 2010 Barbados, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands received more foreign direct investment (FDI) than Germany (5.11% of global FDI for the islands versus 4.77% for Germany) or Japan (3.76%). During that same year, these three small “jurisdictions” also made more foreign investments (4.54% combined) than Germany (4.28%). Read more

Pursuing growth: Enough on its own?
Does money make us happy? Phrased a little more subtly, this question has been bugging economists for years. For much of the 20th century, most of them would probably have replied yes. But in the 1970s, doubts began to show, in part because of the work of the American economist Richard Easterlin. The “Easterlin paradox” appeared to show that as economies developed there was very little change in “self-reported (or “subjective”) well-being” – in other words, even though countries were getting richer, people didn’t seem to be getting happier. In the years since, all this has fed into an argument that pursuing economic growth – as measured in rising GDP – is not enough in itself. It needs to be balanced against other issues, such as access to health and education, inequality, environmental sustainability and people’s own judgement of the quality of their lives. If you want an example of how these ideas have now entered the mainstream, look no further than the latest edition of the OECD’s Going for Growth, released today in Moscow. Read more

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