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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 Medium-Term Coal Market Report
Grade Expectations OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2012


OECD Factbook 2013: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics Webbook now available on OECD iLibrary! The OECD Factbook is one of the most-viewed titles on the OECD iLibrary! This new edition updates the data. The print edition will come out at the end of the month. View on OECD iLibrary | Book on Online Bookshop

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 Medium-Term Coal Market Report: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Grade Expectations: How Marks and Education Policies Shape Students' Ambitions: Blog post | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2012 analyses the role of productivity as the main driver of economic growth and convergence and the contributions of labour, capital and Multi-Factor Productivity (MFP) in driving economic growth.: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

Downloads from the OECD iLibrary were up almost 50% in 2012, to more than 5 million! Most downloaded titles included the OECD Factbook 2011-2012 with 479,596 downloads, Health at a Glance 2011 with 231,817 downloads, Country Key Tables with190, 817 downloads, STI Scoreboard 2011 with 149,114 downloads, Government at a Glance 2011 with 118,664 downloads and Economics Key Tables with 107,198 downloads.

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

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OECD Subscription Prices for 2013: Price list

New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2013: 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 Review of Fisheries: Country Statistics 2012


OECD Review of Fisheries: Country Statistics 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

News from the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, December 2012 includes articles on bribery, terrorist risk financing, dispute settlement in international investment agreements and financial consumer protection: Newsletter

OECD seriously concerned by absence of foreign bribery convictions in Spain: Press release | Report (PDF - 859 kb)

Netherlands must significantly step up its foreign bribery enforcement, says OECD: Press release | Report (PDF - 635 kb)

Austria’s enforcement of foreign bribery laws far too weak, but could pick up soon says OECD: Press release | Report (PDF - 677 kb)

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

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DEVELOPMENT

Should ASEAN Countries Embrace Carbon Labelling as a Means to Reduce Emissions? Development Centre Policy Insights

The Privatisation of Infrastructure: One Size Does Not Fit All: Development Centre Policy Insights

The Middle-Income Trap: Comparing Asian and Latin American Experiences: Development Centre Policy Insights

Detailed final 2011 aid figures released by OECD/DAC: Webpage

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

OECD Economic Surveys Sweden 2012 OECD Economic Studies Volume 2012 Issue1


OECD Economic Surveys Sweden 2012: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Journal: Economic Studies, Volume 2012 Issue 1 includes articles on the determinants of earning inequality, taxes and income inequality, fiscal multipliers, interest rate-growth differentials and government debt, avoiding debt traps, increased uncertainty and shedding of assets, and ICT and growth. Read and Share | Subscribe to the OECD Journal | Issue on the OECD iLibrary

OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2012 Issue 2: No. 92, November 2012: Print edition now available: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-None during this period.

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Surveys: Colombia 2013: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: United Kingdom 2013
-Economic Policy Reforms 2013: Going for Growth: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2012 Eurostat-OECD Methodological Manual on Purchasing Power Parities


OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition: Press release

OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2012 analyses the role of productivity as the main driver of economic growth and convergence and the contributions of labour, capital and Multi-Factor Productivity (MFP) in driving economic growth.: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Eurostat-OECD Methodological Manual on Purchasing Power Parities. Available only as a PDF file. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Unit labour costs up 0.2% in the third quarter of 2012: Press release

OECD annual inflation slows to 1.9% in November 2012: Press release

Composite leading indicators point to stabilising economic growth in most major economies: Press release

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

Forthcoming:
-National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Balance Sheets 2012: Book listing
-National Accounts of OECD Countries, General Government Accounts 2012: Book listing
-National Accounts at a Glance 2013: Book listing

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EDUCATION

Grade Expectations Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Norway 2012 Skills beyond School Review of Switzerland


Grade Expectations: How Marks and Education Policies Shape Students' Ambitions: Blog post | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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

Switzerland should reform funding for professional education and training, says OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training: Skills beyond School Review of Switzerland: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Education Today 2013: The OECD Perspective: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Progression in Student Creativity in School: Working paper

OECD Announces Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition: Press release

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
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 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
-Reviews of National Policies for Education: Tertiary Education in Colombia 2012: Book listing
-Art for Art's Sake: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Activating Jobseekers: How Australia Does It: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Response of German Establisments to the 2008-2009 Economic Crisis: Working paper

Flexicurity and the Economic Crisis 2008-2009:  Evidence from Denmark: Working paper

Apprenticeships in London: Boosting Skills in a City Economy - With Comments on Lessons from Germany: Working paper

The Role of Short-Time Working Schemes During the Global Financial Crisis and Early Recovery:  A Cross-Country Analysis: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Mental Health and Work: Belgium: Book listing
-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
-Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Germany 2013: Book listing

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ENERGY

Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2012


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 Medium-Term Coal Market Report: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing
Taxing Energy Use: A Graphical Analysis
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-Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Book listing
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Sweden 2013

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ENVIRONMENT

Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico


Mexico can do more to promote socially-inclusive green growth, says OECD Environmental Performance Review: Mexico 2013 (Book to come out soon): Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Mexico must improve water governance, financing and regulation, says Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Towards Consistent and Effective Carbon Pricing in Germany? Working paper

Environmental Innovation in Germany: Working paper

OECD Green Growth Newsletter, December 2012: Newsletter

Forthcoming:
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Italy 2013: Book listing

-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Mexico 2013: Book listing
-Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Book listing

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HEALTH

Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2012: Print version now available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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

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


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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

The Development and Diffusion of Digital Content: Working paper

Improving the Evidence Base for Information Security and Privacy Policies: Understanding the Opportunities and Challenges related to Measuring Information Security, Privacy and the Protection of Children Online: Working paper

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, January 2013 includes articles on nuclear safety and regulation, radiological protection and nuclear law: Newsletter

Russian Federation joins the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency as of 1 January 2013: Press release

Follow NEA on Twitter

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Forthcoming:
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing
-Brazil's Supreme Audit Institution: The Audit of the Consolidated Year-end Govrnment Report: Book listing
-Measuring Fiscal Decentralisation: Concepts and Policies: Book listing



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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Mixed Modes of Innovation: An Empiric Approach to Capturing Firms’ Innovation Behaviour: Working paper

Transferable Skills Training for Researchers: Supporting Career Development and Research: Print edition now available! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Mapping Careers and Mobility of Doctorate Holders: Draft Guidelines, Model Questionnaire and Indicators – Third Edition: Working paper

STI News on Innovation, January 2013: Newsletter

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Leveraging Training and Skills Development in SMEs:An Analysis of Two Canadian Urban Regions:  Montreal and Winnipeg: Working Paper

Boosting Local Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation in Lombardy Region: Working Paper

Forthcoming
-New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa: Book listing
-The Missing Entrepreneurs: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe: Book listing

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TAXATION

Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013


Guatemala: commits to international exchange of tax information: Press release

Forthcoming:
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing
-Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital 2010: Full Electronic Version (eMTC)
On USB Flash Memory Key: Listing
-Tax and Development: Book listing
-Taxing Energy Use: A Graphical Analysis: Book listing


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TRADE

OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2012 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country: Print edition now available! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Regulatory Transparency in Multilateral Agreements Controlling Exports of Tropical Timber, E-Waste and Conflict Diamonds: 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

Sharing Road Safety: Developing an International Framework for Crash Modification Functions. Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Global Freight Data Show Trade Slowing Down: ITF Statistics Brief

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

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Competitiveness of Port Cities: The case of Marseille-Fos: Working paper

Apprenticeships in London: Boosting Skills in a City Economy - With Comments on Lessons from Germany: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Wroclaw, Poland: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Happy Migrants' Day
Manila’s main airport is rarely a quiet place. But it will be even busier than usual over the next week as some of the Philippines’ 10 million or so emigrants head home for the holidays. When they land, they’ll get the red-carpet treatment – literally. In a tradition dating back to the 1990s, returning Overseas Filipino Workers get to walk down red-carpeted lanes and are promised speedier processing at immigration and customs. They can also look forward to raffles and prizes and even a visit from the president. “This is the government’s tribute to the heroism of OFWs who come home during Christmastime to be with their families,” an official explained. Read more

Reindeer really know how to fly
People often believe supposedly scientifically based “facts” that are simply not true.  Yet, if you trace things back far enough, you can usually find the grain of truth that started people down the wrong track.   The point came up in discussions with a friend who said that my position on the actual risks of cell phone radiation sounded pretty logical but they rejoined by asking, given the season, if my hypothesis about an initial truth were correct, I should then be able to explain the scientific facts behind flying reindeer and such.  Turns out the answer comes from pharmacology and anthropology rather than the science of flight. It seems that in northern Siberia, the reindeer have developed a taste for those colorful red and white mushrooms, fly agaric (Amanita muscaria), and will eat them till they’re higher than a kite.  Anyone eating the meat of such reindeer will get equally high. Read more

Happy New Year’s Resolutions!
For millennia, people have rung in the New Year with resolutions for self-improvement. Ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods, in particular that they would return borrowed objects and repay loans; Romans made vows to Janus, the deity whose two faces simultaneously looked back to the past and forward to the future. Puritans fasted, prayed and resolved to be free of sin in the year to come. In the 21st century, the habit of making New Year’s resolutions is still going strong. The perennial favorites are saving money and losing weight, though the US government also includes drinking less, eating more healthily getting a better education or better job, improving fitness, managing stress, quitting smoking, recycling, taking a trip and volunteering on its list of popular resolutions. If these are the areas in which we feel we need to improve, does this mean we are all overweight, in debt, under-educated, poorly employed, unfit, stressed-out smokers, without the time to take a vacation, do our part for the environment, or help others? What’s the real picture in OECD countries? Read more

Now do you see what we mean? OECD data visualization contest results
In his modestly entitled Diary of a Genius, Salvador Dali dismisses Alexander Calder’s mobiles by remarking that the least you can expect of a sculpture is that it doesn’t move. But, never one to be bothered by contradictions, he had a lot of respect for the “New Vision” of the ex-Bauhaus artist and designer László Moholy-Nagy who pioneered kinetic sculpture with his 1930 stage prop consisting of a light that projected the shadows of its moving parts. Budapest’s University of Art and Design is named in his honour, and one of its graduates, Krisztina Szucs, is the joint winner of the data visualization contest we announced last September. If your view of data visualization is similar to that of Dali’s concerning Calder, go here. If not, click on the image below to see how Krisztina and Maté Cziner present the financial return on education, based on data from the 568 pages and 1.5 kilos of the OECD’s amusingly entitled Education at a Glance. Read more

Aid for Trade: Renewing the impetus
This post from Pascal Lamy, Director General of the WTO, is the first in a series published to coincide with the 2013 Dialogue on Aid for Trade taking place at the OECD on January 16-17. Aid-for-Trade is as relevant today as it was when the Initiative was launched at the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference in 2005. Developing countries, and in particular Least-Developed Countries (LDCs), have made measurable progress in their participation in the global trading system.  But for many, this participation still remains too narrowly focused on a limited range of exports (often primary commodities). And prospects for further integration into the global economy continue to be hampered by a range of supply-side and trade-related infrastructure constraints. Read more

Aid for Trade: Helping developing countries trade their way out of poverty
One thing is for sure: No country has ever lifted itself out of poverty without international trade. Trade is key to help countries develop. So we need to make sure that people in the world’s poorest countries have access to markets, to create jobs and encourage growth as a result. But trade needs the right conditions to flourish. Bottlenecks and inefficiencies – whether at border crossings, or in the way the economy is regulated, or even within the private sector – get in the way of progress and prosperity. That’s where  Aid for Trade comes in: as financial assistance to build new infrastructure, improve ports or customs facilities in developing countries – in short: we want to help developing countries “trade” their way out of poverty. Today, the EU and its Member States provide more trade-related development assistance than the rest of the world put together. Read more

Aid for Trade: Achieving success in a changing environment
Today’s post from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría is published to coincide with the 2013 Dialogue on Aid for Trade taking place at the OECD on January 16-17. Aid for Trade means that countries extend aid to support developing countries to increase exports of goods and services, and to benefit from free trade and increased market access. Since the Initiative was launched following the 2005 Hong Kong WTO Ministerial Conference  in 2005, aid-for-trade resources have grown more than 80% in real terms and reached approximately $45 billion in 2010, with a third of that share going to the least developed countries (LDCs). These funds have been additional: the increase in aid for trade did not come at the expense of other sectors such as health or education. Providers of South-South co-operation have also enhanced their trade-related co-operation efforts. While the outlook is uncertain, G20 leaders have committed to at least maintain levels of aid-for-trade expenditure that reflect the 2006-2008 average as part of the Multiyear Action Plan on Development. Read more

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