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17 DECEMBER 2012 (Next issue 15 January 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

Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now Promomting Growth in All Regions Education Today 2013


Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now Press release | Read and Share | Book announcement/Country Notes | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says Promoting Growth in All Regions: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Fewer than half of the companies producing digital educational tools operate in the primary and secondary school sector, says Education Today 2013: The OECD Perspective. New evidence shows that young children learn best when making eye contact with their teachers, and that there is more reluctance among students to use new technologies than expected. Blog post | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

Active Chart for Producer Support Estimates (PSEs): Active Chart

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2012 OECD Insurance Statistics Yearbook 2011


Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2012: Mediation and Consensus Building: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Insurance Statistics Yearbook 2011: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2012: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Trends in Large Pension Fund Investment in Infrastructure: Working paper

The Effect of Solvency Regulations and Accounting Standards on Long-Term Investing:  Implications for Insurers and Pension Funds: Working paper

Typology on Mutual Legal Assistance in Foreign Bribery Cases: Report (PDF - 2.88 mb)

Dispute Settlement Provisions in International Investment Agreements: A Large Sample Survey: Working paper

Colombia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention: Press release

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


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DEVELOPMENT

The Architecture of Development Assistance


The Architecture of Development Assistance: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Ministers pledge to finance effective development: Press release

Four web pages link to information on aid in specific areas: Aid for Energy | Aid to Agriculture and Rural Development | Aid to Water and Sanitation | Aid to Environment

What Drives Tax Morale? Working paper

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 Australia 2012 OECD Economic Surveys: Luxembourg 2012
OECD Economic Surveys Slovak Republic 2012 OECD Economic Surveys: Sweden 2012


Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, says OECD Economic Surveys: Australia 2012: Read and Share | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Luxembourg has emerged from the crisis in relatively good shape, but gap between low and high incomes is widening, says OECD Economic Surveys: Luxembourg 2012: Read and Share | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, says OECD Economic Surveys: Slovak Republic 2012: Press release | Read and Share | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Sweden must continue with structural reforms to achieve stable, inclusive and green growth, says OECD Economic Surveys Sweden 2012: Read and Share | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, says OECD Economic Surveys: Spain 2012: Print edition now available! Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1002: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in a Cost Effective Way in Switzerland
-1003: Debt and Macroeconomic Stability
-1004: Debt and Macroeconomic Stability: Case Studies
-1005: Debt and Macroeconomic Stability: Debt and the Business Cycle
-1006: Debt and Macroeconomic Stability: An Overview of the Literature and Some Empirics
-1007: Matching Skills and Jobs in Estonia
-1008:
Reducing Poverty in Estonia Through Activation and Better Targeting

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Composite leading indicators point to diverging patterns across major economies: Press release

OECD unemployment rate edges up to 8.0% in October 2012: Press release

G20 GDP up 0.6% in third quarter of 2012: Press release

Forthcoming:
-National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Balance Sheets 2012: Book listing
-National Accounts at a Glance 2013: Book listing
-Eurostat-OECD Methodological Manual on Purchasing Power Parities
-Compendium of Productivity Indicators: Book listing

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EDUCATION

Education Today 2013: The OECD Perspective


Fewer than half of the companies producing digital educational tools operate in the primary and secondary school sector, says Education Today 2013: The OECD Perspective. New evidence shows that young children learn best when making eye contact with their teachers, and that there is more reluctance among students to use new technologies than expected. Blog post | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How does class size vary around the world? Education Indicators in Focus

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
-OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training: Skills beyond School Review of Switzerland: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Norway 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
-Grade Expectations:How Marks and Education Policies Shape Students' Ambitions: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now Activating Jobseekers: How Australia Does It


Lack of support for motherhood hurting women’s career prospects, despite gains in education and employment, says Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now Press release | Read and Share | Book announcement/Country Notes | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Activating Jobseekers: How Australia Does It: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Effects of Reducing Gender Gaps in Education and Labour Force Participation on Economic Growth in the OECD: Working paper

Labour Market Effects of Parental Leave Policies in OECD Countries: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Mental Health and Work: Belgium: Book listing

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ENERGY

Didier Houssin returns to IEA as Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology: Announcement

IEA Oil Market Report finds halt in growth of inventories: Oil Market Report

Forthcoming
-Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Book listing
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

Testing the Effect of Defaults on the Thermostat Settings of OECD Employees: Working paper

OECD Participation in the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha (COP 18): Webpage

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Mexico 2013: Book listing
-Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Book listing
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing
-Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico: Book listing

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HEALTH

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

-Mental Health and Work: Belgium: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Internet subscribers in OECD countries: Active chart

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, December 2012: Newsletter

Follow NEA on Twitter

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Better Regulation in Europe: Greece 2012


Improving the regulatory environment is key to creating growth and jobs, says Better Regulation in Europe: Greece 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Enhancing audit reporting is key to the integrity of government accounts says Brazil's Supreme Audit Institution: The Audit of the Consolidated Year-end Government Report: Book to come soon! Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming:
-Brazil's Supreme Audit Institution: The Audit of the Consolidated Year-end Government Report: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Transferable Skills Training for Researchers


Transferable Skills Training for Researchers: Supporting Career Development and Research: PDF availablle now. Print edition to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2012


SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa: Book listing

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TAXATION

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

Forthcoming:
-Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital 2010: Full Electronic Version (eMTC)
On USB Flash Memory Key: Listing

-Tax and Development: Book listing
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: 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

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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

Promoting Growth in All Regions


Growth, skills and education are the keys to inclusive regional development, says Promoting Growth in All Regions: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop| Book on OECD iLibrary

Demographic Change and Local Development: Shrinkage, Regeneration and Social Dynamics: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Zealots, assassins and insurance companies
When asked whether Jews should pay taxes to the Romans, Jesus is said to have answered that you should give God what belongs to God, and Cesar what belongs to Cesar. That can be seen as a reasonable separation of the material and the spiritual, but some members of the audience would have interpreted it as support from the Prince of Peace for their uncompromising hostility to the occupying army. For the Zealots, nothing in Israel belonged to Cesar, and they were prepared to free the country by any means necessary, including what we now call terrorist attacks. Because of terrorists’ ability to continually change their tactics according to the opportunities and obstacles they face, the risk of attacks and the effectiveness of security systems built against them are continuously reassessed. The Second International Meeting on Terrorism Risk Insurance at the OECD looked at how the terrorism threat is evolving, whether organisations are anticipating this risk, and asking if current insurance solutions are adequate. Read more

Regional Power
The story of migration from the provinces to the city, and the idea of the city as wealthy pinnacle of opportunity and the country as a sleepy, poor backwater, is an old one, seen in life and literature alike. But what are the economics behind this cultural trope? Data show economic activity tends to concentrate in large cities and metropolitan regions. Indeed, a handful of such regions tend to account for a disproportionate share of total national growth in OECD countries. Typically, around 4% of regions generate about one-third of total growth, while the rest of the regions collectively account for the other 66% of growth, but individually do not contribute much. Governments have long grappled with what to do about these underdeveloped regions. Do such regions even have anything to offer to the rest of the country?  At first glance, the answer might seem to be “no”. Very underdeveloped regions can impose high costs on national budgets, often in the form of quick-fix subsidies. And it has too often been assumed that there is no growth potential in these regions; they have been seen as a drag on national performance, not as potential assets. The OECD believes otherwise. Read more

 

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