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 15 MAY 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 Outlook V2014 N1 OECD Factbook 2014 National Accounts at a Glance 2014


OECD Ministers reinforce commitment to building resilient economies and inclusive societies during Annual Meeting at Ministerial Level: Press release

Global economy strengthening but significant risks remain, says OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2014, Issue 1: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Excel files of Annex Tables

OECD Factbook 2014: Webbook and PDF now available. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

National Accounts at a Glance 2014: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book listing | Book on OECD iLibrary

Inequality was at the heart of discussions at OECD Forum 2014. See videos of proceedings at http://www.oecd.org/general/oecd-week.htm

“Healthy, happy and wise” are users' top priorities as OECD releases its 2014 Better Life Index: Announcement | Better Life Index

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

OECD Factbook 2014 OECD Yearbook 2014


OECD Factbook 2014: OECD's annual statistical compendium. Webbook and PDF now available. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Yearbook 2014, where OECD experts are joined by leaders from government, business, labour, academia and civil society to examine key questions facing our societies today. Yearbook

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OECD Subscription Prices for 2014: Price list

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

Food and Nutrition (in-)Security and Social Protection: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Financial State-Owned Enterprises: An Overview of National Policies


Financing State-Owned Enterprises: An Overview of National Practices: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2014: Print as well as PDF versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Corporate Governance in Asia: Report (PDF - 28 pages)

News from the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, April 2014 includes articles on international direct investment flows in 2013 and early 2014, the Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct, the Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, the High-Level Anti-Corruption Conference, a Conference on Financial Education, institutional investors and infrastructure investment, institutional investors and long-term investment, and better functioning stock markets. Newsletter

New Approaches to Economic Challenges: The Financial Stream: Report (PDF - 48 pages)

Public consultation on the revision of the OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises: Announcement

Latest FDI figures: Webpage

Forthcoming
-OECD Insurance Statistics 2013: Book listing
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Book listing
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Better Policies for Development: Policy Coherence for Development and Illicit Financial Flows


Better Policies for Development: Policy Coherence for Development and Illicit Financial Flows: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Making Development Co-operation More Effective: 2014 Progress Report: Print as well as PDF editions are now available. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Tax for Development: Why Better Public Services Matter: Report (PDF - 2 pages)

Forthcoming
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Australia 2013: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: France 2013: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review: Italy 2014: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Sweden 2014: Book listing
-African Economic Outlook 2014: Book listing To be released 19 May 2014.
-Perspectives on Global Development 2014: Boosting Productivity to Meet the Middle Income Challenge: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Outlook V2014 N1


Global economy strengthening but significant risks remain, says OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2014, Issue 1: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Excel files of Annex Tables

Germany should enact social and economic reforms to make its growth more inclusive and sustainable,says OECD Economic Surveys: Germany 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1110: Would a Growth Slowdown in Emerging Markets Spill Over to High-income Countries? A Quantitative Assessment
-1111: Economic Growth from the Household Perspective: GDP and Income Distribution Developments Across OECD Countries
-1112: New Evidence on the Determinants of Industrial Specialisation
-1113: How to Improve Taxes and Transfers in Israel
-1114: How to Improve Israel's Health Care System

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Surveys: Korea 2014: Book listing


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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

OECD Factbook 2014 National Accounts at a Glance 2014 National Accounts of OECD Countries, General Government Accounts 2013
National Accounts of OECD Countries, Main Aggregates 2014 Labour Force Statistics 2014 Main Economic Indicators 2014/5


OECD Factbook 2014: Webbook and PDF now available. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

National Accounts at a Glance 2014: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book listing | Book on OECD iLibrary

National Accounts of OECD Countries, General Government Accounts 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Natonal Accounts of OECD Countries, Main Aggregates 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Labour Force Statistics 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2014 Issue 5: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical on Online Bookshop | Issue on OECD iLibrary

OECD now accounts for slightly less than 50% of world GDP, large emerging economies for about 30%: Press release

OECD annual inflation picks up to 1.6% in March 2014 but slows in Euro area: Press release

Composite leading indicators point to weakening growth in major emerging economies but stable growth momentumin most OECD countries: Press release

OECD unemployment rate stable at 7.5% in March 2014:Press release

“Healthy, happy and wise” are users' top priorities as OECD releases its 2014 Better Life Index: Announcement | Better Life Index

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EDUCATION

How Much Time Do Primary and Lower Secondary Students Spend in the Classroom? Education Indicators in Focus

How closely is the distribution of skills related to countries’ overall level of social inequality and economic prosperity? Report (PDF - 16 pages)

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Labour Force Statistics 2014


:Labour Force Statistics 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Employment and Skills Strategies in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Print as well as PDF versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Reviews of Pension Systems: Ireland. Print as well as PDF versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Ageing and Employment Policies: Netherlands 2014. Print as well as PDF versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Top earners capturing growing share of total income in many countries, says OECD: Press release with video | Report (PDF - 8 pages)

Forthcoming
-Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic: Book listing
-Employment and Skills Strategies in Canada: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy Technology Perspectives 2014


Energy Technology Perspectives 2014 says business-as-usual approach must be overhauled to cope with global shift to electricity: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Estonia officially becomes 29th member of the IEA, fulfilling all membership requirements including emergency oil stocks: Press release

Higher first-quarter data contribute to small increase in growth demand for full year, says IEA Oil Market Report, May 2014: Report

How we must build the electric future by Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, IEA: Article

The limits for CCS: Gauging CO2 storage potential: Article

When a picture is worth a thousand words: New IEA data visualisation tool: Announcement

The electricity system now, and decarbonised: Graphic

Forthcoming:
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Morocco 2014
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Russia 2014

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD countries commit to work towards a climate deal for 2015: Press release

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water
-Green Growth Indicators 2014: Book listing
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing
-The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport: Book listing

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HEALTH

How to Improve Israel's Health-care System: Working paper

Health workforce reports: Webpage

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Czech Republic 2014: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Norway 2014: Book listing

-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Turkey 2013: Raising Standards: Book listing
-The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport: 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

New Approaches to Spectrum Management: Digital EconomyPaper

Defining the Relevant Market in Telecommunications: Report (PDF - 69 pages)

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

OECD/NEA Director-General recognised by the Governments of Spain and Japan: Announcement

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Boosting Resilience through Innovative Risk Governance OECD Regulatory Compliance Cost Assessment Guidance
Value for Money in Government: Sweden 2014 Slovak Republic: Developing an Sustainacle Strategic Framework for Public Administration Reform Budgeting Practices and Procedures in OECD Countries


Countries must improve resilience to disasters or face mounting costs, OECD says Boosting Resilience through Innovative Risk Governance. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Regulatory Compliance Cost Assessment Guidance: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Value for Money in Government: Sweden 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Slovak Republic: Developing a Sustainable Strategic Framework for Public Administration Reform. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Budgeting Practices and Procedures in OECD Countries: PDF available now. Print edition to come out soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Chile's Supreme Audit Institution: Enhancing Strategic Agility and Public Trust. Print as well as PDF editions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Recommendation on the Governance of Critical Risks: Announcement

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

Forthcoming
-Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections: Book listing
-Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2014
-The Governance of Regulators: Book listing
-OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia's Audit System: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Making Innovation Policy Work: Learning from Experimentation: Print as well as PDF editions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD News on Innovation, Science, Technology and Industry, April 2014 includes articles on OECD events on innovation in Southeast Asia and recent publication: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Netherlands 2014
-Industry and Technology Policies in Korea: Book listing
-Emerging Policy Issues in Synthetic Biology: Book listing
-Science, Technology and Innovation in Viet Nam: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Employment and Skills Strategies in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Print as well as PDF editions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic: Book listing

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TAXATION

Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries 2014


Rising tax revenues see as key to economic development in emerging Asian countries in Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries 2014: Trends in Indonesia and Malaysia: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How to Improve Taxes and Transfers in Israel: Working paper

Countries commit to automatic exchange of information in tax matters: Press release

Comments received on discussion drafts on Neutralise the Effects of Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements: Announcement | Comments

Register Now for live BEPS webcast on 25 May: Announcement

Forthcoming:
-Taxing Wages 2013: Book listing

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TRADE

OECD launches Services Trade Restrictiveness Index and interactive policy simulator: Announcement | Index

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

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TRANSPORTATION

Expanding Airport Capacity in Large Urban Areas


Expanding Airport Capacity in Large Urban Areas: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Planning and Designing Transport Systems to Ensure Safe Travel for Women: Discussion paper

Port Investment and Container Shipping Markets Roundtable Summary and Conclusions: Discussion paper

ITF Newsletter, May 2014 includes articles on the ITF Summit, airport expansion, the latest global freight data, and other activities. Newsletter

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

Forthcoming:
-The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport: Book listing

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy


Innovation and Modernising the Rural Economy. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The OECD Metropolitan Governance Survey:  A Quantitative Description of Governance Structures in large Urban Agglomerations: Working paper

OECD Regional Development Policy News, Spring 2014 includes articles on the Regions and Cities Ministerial Meeting, the Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers, the Recommendation on Effective Public Investment across Levels of Government, Regions at a Glance Interactive, the OECD Water Governance Initiative, How's Life in Yor Region, and the OECD Rural Development Conference: Newsletter

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG and THE OECD OBSERVER

The anxieties of the rich
The crisis – did it hurt high-earners? It did, says a new paper (pdf) from the OECD, but not for long. In nine OECD countries for which data are available, the top 1% of earners saw their incomes slide by 3% in 2008, followed by an even bigger fall of 6.6% in 2009. But as the incomes of high earners tend to be very responsive to economic swings, these sorts of declines in a recession aren’t such a surprise. Indeed, by 2010, the worst was over: The incomes of the top 1% rose by 4% while pretty much everyone else’s stagnated.  In the US, for example, the share of pre-tax income wending its way to the top 1% more than doubled since 1980, hitting 20% in 2012. There were notable rises in other (mostly) English-speaking countries, too, notably Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK. More surprising, the 1% in traditionally egalitarian economies like Finland, Norway and Sweden also saw rises in their share of income, although at around 7 to 8% they were well behind US levels. Read more

OECD Economic Outlook: Global economy strengthening but significant risks remain
The global economy will strengthen over the coming two years, but urgent action is still required to further reduce unemployment and address other legacies from the crisis, according to theOECD’s latest Economic Outlook launched at this morning at the Ministerial Council Meeting and Forum in Paris. Among the major advanced economies, recovery is best established in the United States, which is projected to grow by 2.6% in 2014 and 3.5% in 2015. The euro area will see a return of positive growth after three years of contraction: 1.2% in 2014 and 1.7% in 2015. In Japan, growth will be dented by the launch of much-needed fiscal consolidation measures, and is expected to hover at 1.2% in 2014 and 2015. The BRIICS (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa) are projected to see GDP growth of 5.3% this year on average and 5.7% in 2015. China will again have the fastest growth among these countries, with rates just below 7.5% in 2014 and 2015. Read more

Cutting the Gordian knot in SME financing: the power of information
The crisis saw traditional channels of credit for SMEs drying up or becoming restricted. Deleveraging became the order of the day for governments, consumers and banks. And yet, although many SME managers think that banks won’t lend to them, a recent ECB/EC SME survey suggests that nearly two-thirds of SMEs in the EU who applied for external finance got everything they applied for. The actual bottleneck comes from increasing interest rates and even more so increasing non-interest related costs (fees, charges, commissions) which make bank loans increasingly unattractive for SMEs. Read more

Tackling spectrum crunch: is more sharing the answer?
The spectrum used for mobile communications in the United Kingdom alone was worth USD 48 billion in 2011 according to this study. In turn, the mobile industry also supports a supply chain of infrastructure, equipment, applications and content providers, generating revenue of around USD 32 billion a year in the UK. But if the Internet economy is to continue to develop, more spectrum will be needed to accommodate the growth in smartphones and other wireless devices.A new OECD report looks at new approaches to enhance spectrum management to make more spectrum resources available for wireless communication services to meet current and future demand and, at the same time, increase the efficiency in its use. Read more

Cool Japan: An Enterprising New Model?
Japan may be on the cusp of a fresh wave of “cool entrepreneurship” that could turn the country’s creative industries into a new source of growth. OECD Observer Article

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