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 15 MAY 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 Forum 2013 to be held 28-29 May. It will focus on promoting inclusive growth, rebuilding trust, and fostering sustainability. Website | List of speakers | Programme | Registration

Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest: Press release | Data

Economic Globalisation: Origins and Consequences. An OECD Insights book. Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Other OECD Insights Books

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

Economic Globaliation: Origins and Consequences


Economic Globalisation: Origins and Consequences. An OECD Insights book. Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Other OECD Insights Books

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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

Agricultural Market Information System Market Monitor, May 2013: Newsletter

The EU fish discard ban: Where’s the catch? OECD Observer article

Forthcoming
-OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2013
-OECD Compendium of Agri-Environmental Indicators: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Central Government Debt Statistics 2012


OECD Central Government Debt Statistics 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Policyholder Protection Schemes:  Selected Considerations: Working paper

News from the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, April 2013 includes articles on the LIikanen rerpot on EU banking reform, corporate governance in todays equity markets, global FDI in 2012, the Forum on Due Diligence implmentation in the gold and 3T supply chains, the G20-OECD Roundtable on institutional investors and long-term investment, a survey on competition enforcement, and financial educaiton. Newsletter

Global FDI flows have declined in 2012 by 14% from 2011 to USD 1.4 trillion in spite of the 22% increase in the last quarter but remain comparable to global FDI flows in 2010. FDI in Figures, April 2013

Draft high-level principles on long-term investment financing by institutional investors open for comment: Announcement

Bank Lending Puzzles: Business Models and the Responsiveness to Policy: Financial Market Trends article

Competition Policy and Knowledge-Based Capital 2013: Report (PDF - 886 kb)

Competition Assessment Toolkit: Website

FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index: Website

Forthcoming
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Malaysia 2013: Book listing
-Board of Directors of State-Owned Enterprises: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Conflict over Resources and Terrorism: Two Facets of Insecurity: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Australia delivers increasing aid effectively and efficiently, says DAC Development Co-operation Review: Press release

OECD Development Centre Newsletter, May 2013 includes articles on the forthcoming Perspectives on Global Development 2013, which focuses on industrial policies for development and will come out shortly; empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms; LAC (Latin America Caribbean) Forum 2013 and the role of foundations in supporting development: Newsletter

The OECD DAC welcomes Czech Republic as its 26th member: Announcement

Aid in Support of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Webpage | Report (PDF - 878 kb)

Aid Targeting the Objectives of the Rio Conventions: Webpage | Factsheet

OECD Develoment Centre Video

Opening the Black Box of Contract Renegotiations: An Analysis of Road Concessions in Chile, Colombia and Peru: OECD Development Centre Working Paper

The Politics of Transport Infrastructure Policies in Colombia: OECD Development Centre Working Paper

Forthcoming
-Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development: Book listing
-Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Revitalising Industrial Policies in a Shifting World: Book listing:
-Succeeding with Trade Reforms The Role of Aid for Trade: Book listing
-African Economic Outlook 2013: Structural Transformation and Natural Resources: Book listing
-African Central Government Debt 2013: Book listing
-Settlement, Market and Food Security: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD  Economic Surveys Italy 2013 OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2013


New government must build on recent reforms, says OECD Economic Surveys: Italy 2013: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economic Surveys: Belgium 2013 looks at the country’s resilience to the global economic crisis and actions that can help it boost growth and create jobs. Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Economic Globalisation: Origins and Consequences. An OECD Insights book. Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Other OECD Insights Books

The forces driving Asia’s rapid growth–new technology, globalisation, and market-oriented reform–are also fuelling rising inequality. OECD Observer article

There are ways for governments to put their fiscal houses in order, while supporting growth and reducing income inequality at the same time. OECD Observer article

Portuguese Prime Minister visits the OECD: Press release/video

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1044: Making the Tax System Less Distortive in Switzerland
-1045: Reforms for a Cleaner, Healthier Environment in China

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Surveys: Austria 2013: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Mexico 2013: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: New Zealand 2013: Book listing
-OECD Economic Outlook Volume 2013, Issue 1: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

OECD Central Government Debt Statistics 2012 Monthly Statistics of International Trade, April 2013


OECD Central Government Debt Statistics 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Monthly Statistics of International Trade, Volume 2013 Issue 4: Read and Share | Subscribe to the periodical | View issue on OECD iLibrary

Composite leading indicators remain rather well-oriented in most major economies: Press release

OECD unemployment rate drops slightly to 8.0% in March 2013: Press release

The OECD Data Lab on oecd.org features innovative visual presentation of OECD data. See it at http://www.oecd.org/statistics/datalab/ and comment on individual visualisations.

Forthcoming:
-OECD Guidelines for Micro Statistics on Household Wealth: Book listing
-OECD Framework for Statistics on the Distribution of Household Income, Consumption and Wealth: Book listing

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EDUCATION

Teachers for the 21st Century: Using Evaluation to Improve Teaching


Teachers for the 21st Century: Using Evaluation to Improve Teaching: PDF is now available. Print edition now available! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

What Makes Urban Schools Different? PISA in Focus | Blog Post

Education for All by Andreas Schleicher: OECD Yearbook Article

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
-Art for Art's Sake: Book listing
-Skills Development and Training in SMEs: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Korea: Improving hte Re-Employment Prospects of Displaced Workers


Huge levels of income inequality persist in OECD countries: Press release | Data

Korea: Improving the Re-employment Prospects of Displaced Workers: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Interns are workers, too: OECD Observer article

Forthcoming
-Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes: Book listing
-Review of Recent Developments and Progress in Labour Market and Social Policy in Israel: Book listing
-Skills Development and Training in SMEs: Book listing
-International Migration Outlook 2013: Book listing
-A Good Life in Old Age? Book listing

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ENERGY

Medium-Term Oil Market Report 2013


Supply shock from North American oil rippling through global markets, says IEA Medium-Term Oil Market Report 2013: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Sharp price drop for Brent reduces benchmark's spread over WTI to narrowest margin in two-plus years says Monthly Oil Market Report for May 2013: Press release | Report

Effectiveness of Policies and Strategies to Increase the Capacity: Utilisation of Intermittent Renewable Power Plants: Working paper

A lost decade for European natural gas? IEA Journal Article

Forthcoming
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Finland 2013: Book listing
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Germany 2013: Book listing
-Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013
-Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2013

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ENVIRONMENT

Effectiveness of Policies and Strategies to Increase the Capacity: Utilisation of Intermittent Renewable Power Plants: Working paper

Recent OECD work on Adaptation to Climate Change: Brochure (PDF - 2.4 mb)

International Conference on Water, 23 October 2013, Tel Aviv: Announcement

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-Green Growth in Cities: Book listing
-Green Growth in Kitakyushu, Japan: Book listing
-Green Growth in Stockholm, Sweden: Book listing
-OECD Compendium of Agri-Environmental Indicators: Book listing
-Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development: Book listing
-Greening Household Behaviour: Overview from the Second Survey: Book listing
-Scaling Up Financing Mechanisms for Biodiversity: Book listing

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HEALTH

Clinical trials for better health policies: OECD Observer article

Forthcoming
-Strengthening Health Information Infrastructure for Health Care Quality Governance: Good Practices, New Oppportunities and Data Privacy Protection Challenges: Book listing
-A Good Life in Old Age? Monitoring and Improving Quality in Long-Term Care: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

OECD iEconomy App now available on the App Store! This app shows the latest available data on broadband subscriptions, internet connectivity, internet use, the ICT economy and internet security and privacy.

Forthcoming:
-Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Strategic Study on Communication Infrastructure and Paperless Administration: Book listing
-OECD Communications Outlook 2013: Book listing

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, May 2013 includes articles on Russia's participation for the first time in the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy, radioactive waste management and nuclear science: Newsletter

NEA Annual Report 2012: Report 9PDF - 11/05 mb)

Follow NEA on Twitter

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

International Regulatory Co-opeation, Case Studies, Vol. 1 International Regulatory Co-opeation, Case Studies, Vol. 2 Value for Money in Government: Sweden 2013


International Regulatory Co-operation: Case Studies, Volume 1: Chemicals, Consumer Products, Tax and Competition: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Regulatory Co-operation: Case Studies, Vol. 2: Canada-US Co-operation, EU Energy Regulation, Risk Assessment and Banking Supervision: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. One additional Case Studies Volume still to come. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Also available:
International Regulatory Co-operation: Addressing Global Challenges: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Value for Money in Government: Sweden 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Measuring Regulatory Performance: Website

The cost of mistrust: OECD Observer article

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

-Strengthening Evidence-based Policy Making on Security and Justice in Mexico: Book listing

-OECD Integrity Review of Italy: Reinforcing Public Sector Integrity, Restoring Trust for Sustainable Growth: Book listing
-International Regulatory Co-operation: Case Studies, Vol. 3: Transnational Private Regulation and Water Management: Book listing
-Managing Service Demand: A Practical Guide to Help Revenue Bodies Better Meet Taxpayers' Service Expectations: Book listing
-Together for Better Outcomes: Engaging and Involving SME Taxpayers and Stakeholders: Book listing
-Co-operative Compliance: A Framework:From Enhanced Relationship to Co-operative Compliance: Book listing
-Review of the Mexican National Civil Protection System: Book listing
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Public Procurement Review of the Mexican State's Employees' Social Security and Social Services Institute: Smart Procurement for Healthy Public Services: Book listing
-OECD Public Governance Reviews Poland: Implementing Strategic-State Capability: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Innovation in Southeast Asia


Innovation in Southeast Asia: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD News on Innovation, Science, Technology and Industry, May 2013 includes articles on the forthcoming Interconnected Economies: Benefitting from Global Value Chains, and next week's OECD Forum sessions on The 21st Century Production Revolution and Out with the Old, In with the New: Using Innovation to reshape industries: Newsletter

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

-Interconnected Economies: Benefiting from Global Value Chains: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurship: Mexico - Key Issues and Policies: Print edition now available. 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
-Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2013: An OECD Scoreboard: Book listing
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2013: Book listing



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TAXATION

Taxing Wages 2013


Taxing Wages 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Draft Handbook on Transfer Pricing Risk Assessment is now open for comment: Announcement | Draft Handbook

Forthcoming:
-Tax Administration 2013: Comparative Information on OECD and Emerging Economies: Book listing
-Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews: Saudi Arabia, Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework: Book listing
-Managing Service Demand: A Practical Guide to Help Revenue Bodies Meet Taxpayers' Service Expectations: Book listing
-Together for Better Outcomes: Engaging and Involving SME Taxpayers and Stakeholders: Book listing
-Co-operative Compliance: A Framework:From Enhanced Relationship to Co-operative Compliance: Book listing

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TRADE

Trade facilitation agreement would add billions to global economy, say OECD Trade Facilitation Indicators: Press release | Indicators

Multilateralising Regionalism on Government Procurement: Trade Policy Paper

Global Production Networks and Employment: A Developing Country Perspective: Trade Policy Paper

Economics of Export Restrictions as Applied to Industrial Raw Materials: Trade Policy Paper

Global Value Chains and Developing Country Employment:  A Literature Review: Trade Policy Paper

The Costs and Challenges of Implementing Trade Facilitation Measures: Trade Policy Paper

OECD Export Credit Commercial Interest Reference Rates, May 2013: Rates

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TRANSPORTATION

Internalisation of External Effects in European Freight Corridors: ITF Discussion Paper

Asset Management for Sustainable Road Funding: ITF Discussion Paper

The Politics of Transport Infrastructure Policies in Colombia: OECD Development Centre Working Paper

ITF Newletter, May 2013 includes articles on the ITF Transport Summit, global freight and a new transport research database: Newsletter

Global Freight: Slow Change in 2012: ITF Statistics Brief

Better Safety Data: Call for Papers Announcement

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

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Cities and Green Growth: The Case of the Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Area: Working paper

The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities: The Case of Rotterdam/Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Working paper

International Summer School for cooperation and local development (Trento, Italy) - 2013 edition: Announcement

Forthcoming:
-Green Growth in Cities: Book listing

-Green Growth in Kitakyushu, Japan: Book listing
-Green Growth in Stockholm: Book listing

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Yes, it is time to revisit the concept of Official Development Assistance
ODA – official development assistance – is an important concept and an important measure. It is, to date, the only systematic means we have of assessing the efforts the ‘traditional’ donors make to support development. But the world is changing, and development finance is changing. In this light, do we need to look at the ODA concept again? I think we agree that the answer is yes. Read more

What’s next for the MDGs?
If you follow development issues, you’ll know that a major effort is under way to agree a successor to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before they expire at the end of 2015. This month should bring another milestone on that road with the completion of a report by an international panel of 27 political leaders and experts outlining the possible shape of the post-2015 goals. Read more

Inequality rising in wake of crisis
There’s a lot of little kids going hungry round here,’ explained one friend, who works in a local community centre. Indeed, just the other day she had spoken to a family where the child had been chewing wallpaper at night. ‘He didn’t want to tell his mum because he knew she didn’t have the money for supper,’ she explained.” That’s not from Dickens or George Orwell’s Down and Out in  Paris or London, but from a recent column by Gillian Tett in the Financial Times. And she’s writing not about Lagos or Lahore, but Liverpool, a modern city in one of the world’s wealthiest countries. Of course, the presence of poverty amid plenty – inequality – is not new. In reality, it’s hard to imagine any society functioning without some sort of  wealth gap. But the past few decades have seen inequality rise in much of the world.
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