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 15 June 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

OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2014 OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2014 Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2014


Canada should sustain inclusive growth by reducing housing market risks and overcoming specific skills shortages, says OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

US recovery could be strengthened by key reforms, says OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

'Golden Age' of gas coming to China, IEA says in Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2014: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD launches Portuguese version of its Better Life Index in Brazil with Pelé on the eve of the World Cup: Press release

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

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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

Forthcoming
-OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014: Book listing
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Statement of OECD on Japan’s Efforts to Increase Foreign Bribery Enforcement: Press release

Statement of OECD Working Group on Bribery on Spain’s efforts to amend its Penal Code and to enforce its foreign bribery offence: Press release

Slovenia must urgently prioritise the fight against foreign bribery, says OECD: Press release

Estonia needs to promptly address rising foreign bribery risks, says OECD: Press release

Southeast Asia Investment Policy Perspectives: Report (PDF - 88 pages)

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises: Responsible Business Conduct Matters: Brochure (PDF - 24 pages)

FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index: Webpage

.Forthcoming
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Mauritius 2014: Book listing
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014: Book listing
-OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2014: Book listing
-Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Expanding Access to Clean Energy for Green Growth and Development: Book listing
-PISA 2012 Results, Volume VI: Students and Money: Financial Literacy Skills for the 21st Century (to be released 9 July 2014)

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DEVELOPMENT

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Australia 2013 OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: France 2013
OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Italy 2014 OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Italy 2013


OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Australia 2013: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: France 2013: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review: Italy 2014: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Sweden 2013: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Updated development aid charts, tables and statistics: Webpage

Forthcoming
-Perspectives on Global Development 2014: Boosting Productivity to Meet the Middle Income Challenge: Book listing
-Accountability and Democratic Governance: Orientations and Principles for Development: Book listing
-Multi-dimensional Review of Uruguay: Volume 1: Initial Assessment: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2014 OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2014


Canada should sustain inclusive growth by reducing housing market risks and overcoming specific skills shortages, says OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

US recovery could be strengthened by key reforms, says OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1115: Economic Policies and Microeconomic Stability: A Literature Review and Some Empirics
-1116: Spillover Effects from Exiting Highly Expansionary Monetary Policies
-1117: Policies for Making the Chilean Labour Market More Inclusive
-1118: Trade Specialisation and Policies to Foster Competition and Innovation in Denmark
-1119: Making the Most of Skills in Denmark
-1120: The Economic Consequences of Ageing: The Case of Finland
-1121: Local Public Finances and Municipal Reform in Finland
-1122: Tackling Labour Mismatches and Promoting Mobility in Hungary
-1123: Enhancing Competition and the Business Environment in Hungary
-1124: Making the Labour Market Work Better in Poland
-1125: Strengthening Competition in Poland
-1126: Macroprudential Policy Tools in Norway:  Strengthening Financial System Resilience

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2014, Issue 1 (print edition): Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Korea 2014: Book listing


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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

OECD launches Portuguese version of its Better Life Index in Brazil with Pelé on the eve of the World Cup: Press release

OECD annual inflation up to 2.0% in April 2014: Press release

G20 GDP growth steady at 0.8% in first quarter of 2014: Press release

Modest decline in OECD unemployment rate in April 2014: Press release

Composite leading indicators continue to suggest that momentum is weakening in most major emerging economies but stable in the OECD area: Press release

Forthcoming
-How Was Life? Global Well-being since 1820: Book listing

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EDUCATION

At What Age Do University Students Earn Their First Degree? Education Indicators in Focus

Comparison of PIAAC and PISA Frameworks for Numeracy and Mathematical Literacy: Working paper

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: Netherlands 2014: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt: Book listing
-TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning: Book listing (to be released on June 25)
-PISA 2012 Results, Volume VI: Students and Money: Financial Literacy Skills for the 21st Century (to be released 9 July 2014)
-Equity, Excellence and Inclusiveness in Education: Policy Lessons from Around the World: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Employment and Skills Strategies in Canada


Employment and Skills Strategies in Canada: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-The 2012 Labour Market Reform in Spain: A Preliminary Assessment: Book listing
-Ageing and Employment Policies: France 2014: Book listing

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ENERGY

Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2014


'Golden Age' of gas coming to China, IEA says in Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2014: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

World needs $48 trillion in investment to meet its energy needs to 2035, says World Energy Investment Outlook: Press release | Report (PDF - 190 pages)

Energy Efficiency Indicators: Fundamentals on Statistics: Previously announced, but now on iLibrary. Book on OECD iLibrary

Energy Efficiency Indicators: Essentials for Policy Making: Previously announced, but now on OECD iLibary: Book on OECD iLibrary

Accelerating global demand to reach 94 mb/d by end of year says June IEA Oil Market Report: Oil Market Report

Economic Implications of the IEA Efficient World Scenario: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Morocco 2014
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Russia 2014: Book listing
-Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Expanding Access to Clean Energy for Green Growth and Development: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Swecen 2014 Water Governance in Jordan


Sweden must keep innovating to maintain strong environmental record, says OECD Environmental Performance Review: Sweden 2014. Highlights and Assessment/Recommendations now available. Full book to come soon. Press release | Book announcement with Highlights and DataViz | Assessment and Recommendations

Water Governance in Jordan: Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Economic Implications of the IEA Efficient World Scenario: Working paper

An Overview of the OECD ENV-Linkages Model, Version 3: Working paper

Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts: Conceptual Frameworks, Modelling Approaches and Research Needs: Working paper

Green Growth: Chemical Safety and Biosafety: Report (PDF - 8 pages)

Material resources, productivity and the environment: Webpage with video

Forthcoming:
-Green Growth Indicators 2014: Book listing
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Iceland 2014: Book listing
-Seine Basin, Île-de-France, 2014: Resilience to Major Floods

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HEALTH

OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Norway 2014


Norway should strengthen primary care to address evolving healthcare needs, says OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Norway 2014: Raising Standards: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD Obesity Update: Press release | Obesity Update (PDF - 8 pages)

Health Inequalities: Webpage

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Czech Republic 2014: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Turkey 2013: Raising Standards: Book listing
-Making Mental Health Count: The Social and Economic Costs of Neglecting Mental Health Care: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Access Network Speed Tests: Working paper

International Traffic Termination: Working paper

The Development of Fixed Broadband Networks: Working paper

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Managing Environmental and Health Impacts of Uranium Mining: Report (PDF - 140 pages. To be available on iLibrary soon.)

2013 NEA Annual Report: Report (PDF 63 pages)

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Water Governance in Jordan


Water Governance in Jordan: Overcoming the Challenges to Private Sector Participation: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Women, Government and Policy Making in OECD Countries: Fostering Diversity for Inclusive Growth. Print as well as PDF editions are now available: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Whistleblower protection: Webpage

Follow OECD public governance activities on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OECDgov

Forthcoming
-Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2014: Book listing
-The Governance of Regulators: Book listing
-OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia's Audit System: Book listing
-OECD Framework for Regulatory Policy Evaluation: Book listing
-Regulatory Policy in Kazakhstan: Towards Improved Implementation: Book listing
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3: Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying: Book listing
-Seine Basin, Île-de-France, 2014: Resilience to Major Floods

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Emerging Policy Issues in Synthetic Biology


Emerging Policy Issues in Synthetic Biology: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

DynEmp: A Stata Routine for Distributed Micro-data Analysis of Business Dynamics: Working paper

Industry and Technology Policies in Korea: Print as well as PDF versions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Report on the Impacts of Large Research Infrastructures on Economic Innovation and on Society: Case Studies at CERN: Report (PDF - 78 pages)

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Netherlands 2014
-OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Colombia 2014: Book listing
-Science, Technology and Innovation in Viet Nam: Book listing
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Forthcoming
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014: Book listing

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TAXATION

Watch the recorded webcast on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting: Webpage

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TRADE

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

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TRANSPORTATION

International Transport Forum Newsletter, June 2014 includes articles on the 2014 ITF Summit, the New Zealand / Finland Air Services agreement, a logistics observatory, road safety data collection, and technology transfer: Newsletter

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Regions at a Glance Interactive: Website

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG and THE OECD OBSERVER

Small firms are bigger than you think
In September last year, Universum Global published a list of the world’s 50 most attractive employers in business and engineering, based on a survey of 200,000 students. Well-known multinationals top the list. With employment high on the agenda of governments everywhere, OECD looked at which firms were the ones creating those jobs to see what lessons we could learn from the successes and failures. The full results are in a report we’ve just published, The Dynamics of Employment Growth: New Evidence from 18 Countries, but one of the most interesting trends to emerge is that young SMEs (firms no more than five years old) have been the most dynamic job creators over most of the past decade and across the 18 countries we analysed. These firms only represent on average 17% of employment, but they contribute more than twice as much to job creation (42% of the total). Read more

Managing our natural resources: can we build more with less?
Materials used in construction like sand and gravel account for the largest share (36%) of OECD materials consumption in weight. You won’t be surprised that fossil energy carriers such as oil, coal and natural gas are next at 26%; while biomass for food and feed (20%), metals and metal ores (11%), wood (3%) , and industrial minerals (2%) make up the balance. Unfortunately for the planet’s balancing act, the more of these materials we consume, the more environmental pollution we cause. We see that extraction, production and processing, use and final disposal can cause problems such as water and air pollution from mining operations, carbon emissions from material transport and processing, and pollution from product use, landfill and incinerators for final disposal. Globally, the extraction of material resources continues to grow, closely following economic growth, but I’m glad to say we are seeing some signs of “decoupling” between the two. In OECD countries, the growth of material extraction and use is slowing down while GDP continues to grow. Read more

Air pollution, the invisible killer
Air pollution has become the biggest environmental cause of premature death, overtaking poor sanitation and a lack of clean drinking water. According to the WHO, more than 3.5 million people are being killed each year by the air that they breathe in urban areas, and the number is rising. Air pollution now kills twice as many people as HIV/AIDS. That’s the stark message from the latest OECD report, The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport. Read more

New evidence on Africa’s integration into global value chains
This year’s African Economic Outlook shows that Africa’s integration into global value chains (GVCs) is greater than one might have expected—in fact, Africa is the world’s third most GVC-integrated region, ahead of North America and South East Asia.This is calculated by looking at value added—the difference in price between the goods or services an industry produces and the sum of the intermediate inputs of goods and services it needs to produce its own product (intermediate inputs used by a car manufacturer for instance could include steel, software, or seats). Read more

Is there more to life than football? “Transformar o Jogo Bonito em Vida Bonita”
In a phrase that has become immortal in football mythology, one of the greatest managers in the history of “O Jogo Bonito” (the beautiful game as Brazilians call it), a Scotsman named Bill Shankly of Liverpool FC, encapsulated its importance for football obsessives the world over: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death… I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” The question of what makes life worth living, how best to balance competing interests, capacities and objectives is one that governments are trying to answer all the time. Therefore it is important to give citizens, voters and taxpayers the information and the voice to empower them to communicate to policymakers and shapers all over the world, their opinion about what counts for them. To do so, we are launching O Indice para Uma Vida Melhor, the Portuguese version of the OECD’s Better Life Index on 9 June with football legend Pelé, Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo and our partners for O Indice the Fundacao Getulio Vargas. Read more

Navigating OECD’s work on education with GPS
We use GPS as a navigation device all the time, in our cars, our phones and on our computers. Now you can also navigate the world of education through the OECD’s Education GPS. This free online resource connects you to the satellites of OECD’s available data, research and analysis information and provides a mapping tool with real-time evidence to help guide policy-makers in the most efficient way as they plan their reforms. Visualisations and tables provide an interactive experience generating an understanding of education policies and key findings. Read more

Time to terminate termination charges?
It used to cost well over $2 a minute to call between OECD countries. The breakup of telecoms monopolies and the introduction of competition means callers now pay as little as $0.01 per minute, or may even have unlimited calls as part of a monthly bundle. Outside the OECD countries, the price has been dropping too, accompanied by a huge increase in traffic. But not everybody has benefited. Despite a massive increase in the number of telephones in Africa, international calls to that continent from the United States remained stagnant during this same period. A new OECD report International Traffic Termination looks at one aspect of why some consumers are losing out: the termination charges imposed on calls coming into a country. The report finds empirical evidence that imposing mandatory higher charges for the completion (termination) of international inbound traffic suppresses demand. Moreover, governments that impose higher termination charges do not see their revenues increase proportionately. Read more

Tourism's changing profile
Tourism has shown remarkable staying power in recent years. Despite political instability, wars, natural disasters and a global financial crisis, the industry keeps getting up for another round. Japan is good example. After the 2011 earthquake and Fukushima nuclear accident, the number of visitors to the country plunged. But in 2013 more than 9 million tourists visited the country, a record high. Read Observer article

How are you, really?
The shortfalls of GDP that were already apparent before the crisis but made starker during it have led to a panoply of new initiatives to find metrics that can measure wellbeing rather than just economic growth. But while GDP has stood accused of overlooking the environment and human well-being, it has one advantage which policymakers and analysts appreciate: the methods are objective and clear. Whether measuring output or expenditure in an economy, GDP produces a single number that is easy to adjust and compare. Read Observer article


 

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