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 15 JUNE 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

OECD Pensions Outlook 2012 Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012 Medium-Term Gas Market Report  2012


Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage is essential, says OECD Pensions Outlook 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, says Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Related reading: Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2012: An OECD Scoreboard: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA sees bright future for gas in Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

Versions of OECD publications that can be read on mobile devices are now available for selected OECD publications and will become available for all publications when clicking on the "Read" button on the OECD iLibrary. See the example for the OECD Economic Outlook

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

International Standards for Fruits and Vegetables: Onions


20 collaboration to improve agriculture productivity growth is key to feeding 9 billion people, says Sustainable Agricultural Productivity Growth and Bridging the Gap for Small Family Farms: Report (PDF - 1.08 mb)

International Standards for Fruits and Vegetables: Onions: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012: Book listing
-Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2012: OECD Countries
-OECD Review of Fisheries 2011: Policies and Summary Statistics: Book listing
-Rebuilding Fisheries: The Way Forward: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

OECD Pensions Outlook 2012


Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage is essential, says OECD Pensions Outlook 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Bank capital levels must be improved and their business models changed if deleveraging and new crises are to be avoided, says OECD: Article

G20 countries should rely on open markets to reboot global growth: Press release

Progress in fighting money laundering and terrorist financing in the Caribbean and Central American Region: Press release

Recent progress in addressing money laundering and terrorist financing in the Eurasian region: Press release

Brazil's financial model. Anyone wishing to gauge Brazil’s status as one of the world’s most lucrative emerging markets should look at the growth of its financial sector. OECD Observer interview with Cassio Antonio Calil of JP Morgan

Lessons from National Pension Communication Campaigns: Working paper

Review of the Swedish National Pension Funds: Working paper

Annual DC Pension Statements and the Communications Challenge: Working paper

Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting:  A Stocktaking of Government Schemes: Working paper

Tunisia and Morocco join multilateral business integrity and green growth instruments: Press release

Competitive Neutrality: Maintaining a level playing field between public and private business: Preliminary Report (PDF - 771 kb)

OECD Recommendation on Principles for Public Governance of Public-Private Partnerships: Announcement

Forthcoming
-OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises
-Competitiveness and Private Sector Development: Ukraine 2011: Sector Competitiveness Strategy: Book listing

-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-Capital Markets in the Dominican Republic: Tapping the Potential for Development: Book listing
-African Central Government Debt 2012: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Asean showing resilience while China and India weakening according to the latest Asian Business Cycle Indicators (ABCIs): ABCIs

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals. More money or better policies (or both)? Issue paper (PDF - 441 kb)

Social and legal discrimination against women remains a major obstacle to economic development in emerging and developing countries, according to the latest edition of OECD’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI). Announcement | SIGI

The Product Space and the Middle-Income Trap :  Comparing Asian and Latin American Experiences: OECD Strategy on Development: Brochure (PDF - 898 kb) Working paper

Development Accounting:  Lessons for Latin America: Working paper

OECD Development Centre on Twitter: Announcement

Forthcoming
-OECD Insights - From Aid to Development: The Global Fight against Poverty (formerly titled OECD Insights: Development and Aid): Book listing
-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys Canada 2012 OECD Economic Surveys Netherlands 2012


Canada needs to boost innovation and human capital to sustain living standards, says OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Netherlands is expected to see growth resume only slowly, implying further increases in unemployment in the short term, says OECD Economic Survey: Netherlands 2012: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-963: Promoting Social Cohesion in Korea
-964: Achieving the "Low Carbon, Green Growth" Vision in Korea
-965: Sustaining Korea's Convergence to the Highest-Income Countries
-966: International Capital Mobility and Financial Fragility - Part 3. How Do Structural Policies Affect Financial Crisis Risk? Evidence from Past Crises Across OECD and Emerging Economies
-967: International Capital Mobility and Financial Fragility - Part 4. Which Structural Policies Stabilise Capital Flows When Investors Suddenly Change Their Mind? Evidence from Bilateral Bank Data
-968: International Capital Mobility and Financial Fragility - Part 5. Do Investors Disproportionately Shed Assets of Distant Countries Under Increased Uncertainty? Evidence from the Global Financial Crisis
-971: Credit Crises and the Shortcomings of Traditional Policy Responses

OECD Economics Policy Papers
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International Capital Mobility: Press release | Paper

Forthcoming
-OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2012: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Measuring the Joint Distribution of Household’s Income, Consumption and Wealth Using Nested Atkinson Measures: OECD Statistics Working Paper

Small pick-up in G20 GDP growth in first quarter of 2012 despite slowdown in emerging economies: Press release

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.9% in April 2012: Press release

OECD composite leading indicators keep pointing to diverging patterns in economic activity: Press release

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EDUCATION

Public and Private Schools: How Management and Funding Relate to their Socio-economic Profile Print version now available! Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How Pronounced Is Income Inequality Around the World - and How Can Education Help Reduce It? Education Indicators in Focus

How Is the Global Talent Pool Changing? Education Indicators in Focus

Immigrant Children’s Age at Arrival and Assessment Results: Working Paper

School Funding Formulas :  Review of Main Characteristics and Impacts: Working Paper

Technology and Game Theory. Mobile phones and e-books are already essential school supplies on many university campuses. But they’re just slide rules compared to what education tools might look like in a few years. OECD Observer article

Does Performance-Based Pay Improve Teaching? PISA in Focus

Immigrant Status and Secondary School Performance as Determinants of Post-Secondary Participation:  A Comparison of Canada and Switzerland: Working paper

Parental Involvement in Selected PISA Countries and Economies: Working paper

Open Educational Resources:  Analysis of Responses to the OECD Country Questionnaire: Working paper

Statistical Matching of PISA 2009 and TALIS 2008 Data in Iceland: Working paper

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

Forthcoming
-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
-Reviews of National Policies for Education: Higher Education in the Dominican Republic 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Canada 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Teacher Evaluation in Chile 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Czech Republic 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Japan 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Korea 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
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: New Zealand 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Norway 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Portugal 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
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Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: United Kingdom 2012: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training: Skills beyond School Review of Switzerland: Book listing
-Modernising Secondary School Buildings in Portugal: Book listing
-Let's Read Them a Story! The Parent Factor in Education: Book listing
-Delivering School Transparency in Australia: National Reporting through My School : Book listing
-Untapped Skills: Realising the Potential of Immigrant Students: Book listing
-Connected Minds: Technology and Today's Learners

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

OECD Pensions Outlook 2012 Jobs for Immigrants V3


Raising retirement ages and expanding private pension coverage is essential, says OECD Pensions Outlook 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Jobs for Immigrants, Vol. 3: Labour Market Integration in Austria, Norway and Switzerland: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The state's anti-poverty effect. Poverty rates are usually a measure of personal income. But how can public services affect relative poverty, that is, when the monetary value of public services, known as “extended income” is brought into the equation? OECD Observer article

Skills for innovation. As technology progresses, so do labour market needs. For economies today, maintaining competitiveness means that skills must adapt and keep pace. OECD Observer article

Forthcoming
-Job Tasks, Work Skills and the Labour Market
-International Migration Outlook 2012: Book listing
-Free Movement of Workers and Labour Market Adjustment: Recent Experiences from OECD Countries and the European Union: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 Medium-Term Gas Market Report  2012


Technology can transform energy systems says Energy Technology Perspectives 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA sees bright future for gas in Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Global crude demand should rise sharply in coming months: Oil Market Report

IEA conducts Emergency Response Exercise in India: Press release

New York Times says IEA's Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas is required reading: Press release | Book announcement | Report (PDF - 5.36 mb)

Progress Implementing the IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations:  2011 Evaluation: Working paper

Back by popular demand: IEA Training Week: Article (PDF - 145 kb)

What is the impact of high oil prices on the global economy? Slides (PDF - 354 kb)

What is the impact of high oil prices on the global economy? (Part 2 of 3): Slides (PDF 404.kb)

Global database of bus transport systems launched: Press release

A busy, productive, challenging time: Article by IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven

Why does the IEA produce a coal market report? Article by senior coal analyst, Carlos Fernández Alvarez

To fulfill the COP accords, turn to the experts: IEA Journal Article

Fossil fuel independence: Denmark's path: IEA Journal article

Forthcoming
-Medium-Term Oil and Gas Markets 2011
-Energy Policies of OECD Countries: Slovak Republic 2011
-Electricity Security and a Climate-constrained World
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Switzerland 2012
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Ireland 2012

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Slovenia 2012


Slovenia needs to green its economic recovery, says OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Slovenia 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Rio+20 must deliver inclusive green growth, says OECD’s Gurria: Press release | Website

What is green growth and how can it help deliver sustainable development? Web article

Corporate Greenhouse Gas Emission Reporting:  A Stocktaking of Government Schemes: Working paper

Green chemistry. Economic growth over the past decades has led to improved quality of life, increased prosperity and longer, healthier lives in nearly all countries. Resource constraints are making us realise that to continue to enjoy these benefits we will have to change course towards more sustainable or greener growth. OECD Observer article

Making Green Growth Deliver. Environment Ministers reviewed the implementation of the Environmental Strategy, discussed priorities based on the Environmental Outlook to 2050 which is a strong case for green growth policies and adopted a policy statement as input to Rio+20 UN Conference. Website | OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 on Online Bookshop | OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 on OECD iLibrary

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HEALTH

OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Russian Federation 2012. Print copies now available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Health Data 2012

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Spain can reap more value from ICTs, says Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Press release | Preliminary Version of Publication (PDF - 3.01 mb)

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Reversibility of Decisions and Retrievability of Radioactive Waste: Report (PDF - 6.18 mb)

International Structure for Decommissioning Costing (ISDC) of Nuclear Installations: Report (PDF - 33 mb)

International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project Handbook. Available on on DVD or online. Announcement

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Nuclear Reactor Safety Applications Workshop Proceedings, CFD4NRS-3, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 14-16 September 2010: Available only on CD-ROM or online. Announcement

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Compact City Policies


Restricting urban sprawl can improve the environment and quality of life, says Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Spain can reap more value from ICTs, says Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Press release | Preliminary Version of Publication (PDF - 3.01 mb)

Recommendation of the Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance: Announcement

Forthcoming:
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 2: Promoting Integrity through Self-regulation: Book listing
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing
-Promoting Growth in All Regions: Book listing
-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing
-OECD Territorial Review: Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region: Book listing
-OECD Integrity Review of Brazil: Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service: Book listing
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Slovenia: Towards a Strategic and Efficient State: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012 Meeting Global Challenges through Better Governance


Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, says Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Related Reading: Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2012: An OECD Scoreboard: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Meeting Global Challenges through Better Governance: International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

STAN Database on Bilateral Trade in Goods by Industry and End-use Category (BTDIxE): revised version released: Announcement

New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-Based Capital Driving Investment and Productivity in the 21st Century: Interim project findings

Biotechnology in 12 Indicators: Website

Forthcoming
-OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2012: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012


Promote entrepreneurship to exit the crisis, says Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Related Reading: Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2012: An OECD Scoreboard: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Accountability in Decentralised Employment Service Regimes: Working paper

Skills for Competitiveness: Country Report for Canada: Working paper

Skills for Competitiveness: Country Report for Italy: Working paper

Skills for Competitiveness: Country Report for United Kingdom: Working paper

Skills for Competitiveness: A Synthesis Report: Working paper

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TAXATION

OECD Working Party No. 6 releases a discussion draft on the Transfer Pricing Aspects of Intangibles: Announcement

OECD Working Party No. 6 releases a discussion draft on the revision of the Safe Harbours section of the Transfer Pricing Guidelines: Announcement

OECD invites comments on certain transfer pricing timing issues: Announcement

OECD updates Multi-Country Analysis of Existing Transfer Pricing Simplification Measures: Announcement

Forthcoming:
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing
-Taxing Wages 2011: Book listing
-Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital 2010: Full Electronic Version (eMTC)
On USB Flash Memory Key: Listing

-Model Tax Convention on Income and Capital 2010: Full Version Book listing
-Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes: Peer Reviews:
--People's Republic of China: Book listing
--Cook Islands: Book listing
--Greece: Book listing
--Grenada: Book listing
--Liberia: Book listing
--Lebanon: Book listing
--Montserrat: Book listing
--St. Lucia: Book listing
--United Arab Emirates: Book listing

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TRADE

Monthly Export Credit Interest Rate Update: Website

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TRANSPORTATION

May 2012 ITF Newsletter includes video highlights from ITF's annual summit: Newsletter (PDF - 29 kb)

Seamless Transport Policy: Discussion paper (PDF -1 mb)

Integration for Seamless Transport: Discussion paper (PDF 880 kb)

Transport Ministers pick new Head of International Transport Forum: Press release

Chile joins International Transport Forum: Press release

Forthcoming:
-Trends in the Transport Sector 2012: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

The arithmetick of green growth
When OECD governments asked the Organisation to develop tools to support policy analysis and monitor the progress of green growth strategies, it was clear that by its very nature green growth is not easily captured by a single indicator, and a set of measures would be needed as markers on a path to greening growth and seizing new economic opportunities. A database of green growth indicators has just been launched by the OECD. Read more

Inequality, the crash and the crisis: Part 1 “The defining issue of our times”
Does inequality trigger economic instability? A few years ago this was a issue that did not register on the political Richter scale. Nor did it attract much attention amongst professional economists. There is one key reason for this lack of interest. For the last thirty years, the economic orthodoxy has been that inequality is a necessary condition for economic success. Read more

Not just for the rich: Green growth and developing countries
According to Green Growth and Developing Countries, many countries with abundant natural resources are less successful than others. The report identifies three “clusters”: fuel exporters, non-fuel commodity exporters and manufacturing exporters. Fuel exporters are strongly represented among high-income countries. The non-fuel commodity exporters are relatively over-represented in the low and lower middle-income groups. Manufacturing exporters are strongly represented among the middle-income countries. Green growth is proposed for all three clusters as a way towards more balanced development that would also include the many people in the informal sector and who see little benefit from the economic progress of these past few years. Read more

Inequality, the crash and the crisis. Part 2: A model of capitalism that fails to share the fruits of growth
The driving force behind the widening income gap of the last thirty years has been a shift in the distribution of “factor shares” – the way the output of the economy is divided between wages and profits. In the first two decades after the Second World War, a transformed model of capitalism emerged – across the rich world – in which it was accepted that the fruits of growth should be more evenly shared than they had been in the pre-War era. In the US, the share of output allocated to wages rose and stayed high. In the UK the “wage-share” settled at between 58 and 60 per cent of output, a higher rate than achieved in the pre-war era and the Victorian age. It was this elevated wage share that helped drive the “great leveling” of the post-war decades. From the late 1970s, the capitalist model underwent another transformation, one characterised by a backward shift in the way the proceeds of growth were divided. By 2007, the share of output going to wages had fallen to 53 per cent in the UK. In the US, the fruits of growth became even more unevenly divided, with the workforce ending up with an even smaller share of the economic cake. There were similar, if shallower trends in most rich nations. Read more

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