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 1 AUGUST 2013 (Next issue: 3 September)
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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 Employment Outlook 2013 Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting


Unemployment in OECD countries will remain high through 2014, says OECD Employment Outlook 2013: Press release | SG's Speech | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD calls on G20 finance ministers to support next steps in clampdown on tax avoidance in Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Sharing: Press release | SG's speech | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

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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

Forthcoming
-Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2013: OECD Countries and Emerging Economies: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Pension fund investment in infrastructure – A comparison between Australia and Canada: Working paper

FDI activity increased for the second consecutive quarter, with global FDI flows up by 12% (to USD 355 billion) from the previous quarter, says FDI in Figures, July 2013: PDF

Training webinars on the responsible sourcing of gold: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Malaysia 2013: Book listing
-OECD Insurance Statistics 2012: Book listing
-Anti-corruption Reforms in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Progress and Challenges, 2009-2013: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Multidimensional Review of Myanmar, V1


Myanmar must jump-start development before population starts ageing, says the Multi-Dimensional Review of Myanmar: Volume 1. Initial Assessment: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Development Centre Newsletter, July-August 2013 includes articles on Myanmar, start-ups in Latin America, Africa Forum 2013, and ASEAN economies: Newsletter

How redistributive is fiscal policy in Latin America? The case of Chile and Mexico: Working paper (PDF - 2.38 mb)

Asian Business Cycle Indicators, April-July 2013: Quarterly Report

Forthcoming
-African Central Government Debt 2013: Book listing
-Start-Up Latin America: Book listing



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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD  Economic Surveys: Austria 2013 Getting it Right: Strategic Agenda for Reform in Mexico


Austria has achieved high levels of economic growth and well-being, but must address serious demographic, environmental and globalisation challenges if future generations are to share the same prosperity, says OECD Economic Surveys: Austria 2013: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Getting It Right: Strategic Agenda for Reforms in Mexico is a toolkit designed to help Mexico at the start of its new administration: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economic Policy Papers
-7: Choosing Fiscal Consolidation Instruments Compatible with Growth and Equity

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1076: Policies to Support Sustainable Long-Term Growth in New Zealand 

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Surveys: Brazil 2013
-OECD Economic Surveys: Greece 2013
-OECD Economic Surveys: Ireland 2013




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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Main Economic Indicators, June 2013


Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2013 Issue 7: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical View issue on OECD iLibrary | Related database on iLibrary

National Accounts of OECD Countries, Volume 2013 Issue 2: Detailed Tables: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Related database on OECD iLibrary

OECD employment rate at 65.1% in first quarter of 2013, 1.4 percentage points below its pre-crisis level but higher than one year ago: Press release

OECD annual inflation picks up to 1.8% in June 2013: Press release

OECD welcomes Chile’s plan to improve Consumer Price Index: Press release

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insurance Statistics 2012: Book listing

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EDUCATION

Fostering learning communities among teachers: Teaching in Focus (PDF - 1.65 mb)

How can teacher feedback be used to improve the classroom disciplinary climate? Teaching in Focus (PDF - 1.98 mb)

What Can Be Done to Support New Teachers? Teaching in Focus (PDF - 2.10 mb)

Are Teachers Getting the Recognition They Deserve? Teaching in Focus (PDF - 1.37 mb)

Could learning strategies reduce the performance gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students? PISA 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
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-Improving Education in Mexico: A State-level Perspective from Puebla: Book listing
-OECD Skills Outlook 2013

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

OECD Employment Outlook 2013 Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes


Unemployment in OECD countries will remain high through 2014, says OECD Employment Outlook 2013: Press release | SG's Speech | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes: Read and Share | Book listing | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD, ILO call on G20 labour ministers to reinforce cooperation: Press release

Addressing employment, labour market and social protection challenges in G20 countries: Key measures since 2010: Report prepared for G20 meeting (PDF - 484 kb)

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ENERGY

Renewables Information 2013 Oil Information 2013


Renewables Information 2013: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Oil Information 2013: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Coal Information 2013
-Electricity Information 2013
-Natural Gas Information 2013
-Energy Statistics of Non-OECD Countries 2013
-Energy Balances of Non-OECD Countries 2013

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ENVIRONMENT

Financing Climate Change Action: Webpage with video

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week, Stockholm, 1-6 September 2013: Website

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

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-Water Security: Managing Risks and Trade-offs: Book listing
-Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Water: Book listing

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HEALTH

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Turkey 2013: Raising Standards: Book listing
-Cancer Care: Assuring Quality to Improve Survival: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Measuring the Internet Economy: A Contribution to the Research Agenda: Working paper

OECD Broadband Portal updated: Website

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Value in Government: Norway 2013 Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes
Co-operative Compliance: A Framework Managing Service Demand


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

Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes: Read and Share | Book listing | Book on OECD iLibrary

Value of co-operative compliance approach to large businesses by tax authorities is confirmed in Co-operative Compliance: A Framework: From Enhanced Co-operation to Co-operative Compliance: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Book listing

Managing Service Demand: A Practical Guide to Help Revenue Bodies Better Meet Taxpayers' Service Expectations provides guidance on a whole-of-revenue body approach for managing service demand effectively. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Public Governance News, July 2013 includes articles on open government data, the Observatory of Public Government Information, and International Regulatory co-operation as well as recent OECD meetings and publications: Newsletter

Forthcoming:
-Public Procurement Review of the Mexican Institute of Social Security: Book listing
-Public Procurement Review of the Mexican State's Employees' Social Security and Social Services Institute: Book listing
-Together for Better Outcomes: Book listing

-Investing Together: Working Effectively across Levels of Government: Book listing
-OECD Integrity Review of Italy: Reinforcing Public Sector Integrity, Restoring Trust for Sustainable Growth: Book listing
-OECD Public Governance Reviews - Colombia: Implementing Good Governance: Book listing
-Regulatory Policy in Colombia: Going Beyond Administrative Simplification: Book listing
-Colombia: Implementing Good Governance: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

OECD News on Innovation, Science, Technology and Industry, July/August 2013 includes articles on the revision of the Frascati manual, recent publications, and recent meeting: Newsletter

Forthcoming:
-Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurship 2013: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Forthcoming
-Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2013: An OECD Scoreboard: Book listing
-The Missing Entrepreneurs: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe: Book listing

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TAXATION

Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Co-operative Compliance: A Framework Managing Service Demand
Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews: Israel 2013: Phase 1: Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews: Lithuania 2013: Phase 1


OECD calls on G20 finance ministers to support next steps in clampdown on tax avoidance in Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Sharing: Press release | SG's speech | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Value of co-operative compliance approach to large businesses by tax authorities is confirmed in Co-operative Compliance: A Framework: From Enhanced Co-operation to Co-operative Compliance: Book listing

Managing Service Demand: A Practical Guide to Help Revenue Bodies Better Meet Taxpayers' Service Expectations provides guidance on a whole-of-revenue body approach for managing service demand effectively. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews: Israel 2013: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews: Lithuania 2013: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming:
-Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews:
-- Saudi Arabia, Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework: Book listing
-Together for Better Outcomes: Book listing


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TRADE

Restrictions on Exports of Raw Materials. This OECD inventory reports export taxes, prohibitions, licensing requirements and other measures by which governments regulate the export of agricultural and industrial raw materials (minerals, metals and wood). Create your own customised tables and download the data. Database

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

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TRANSPORTATION

Global Freight Volumes Indicate Increasing Dependency on Asia-led Growth: ITF Statistics Brief

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

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Forthcoming:
-Investing Together: Working Effectively across Levels of Government: Book listing


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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Never too early to join the rat race …
Maybe it’s just middle-age nostalgia, but it feels like summer was once so simple for kids. The front door opened early in the morning, you ran out into bright sunshine, galloped around safe suburban streets, got hungry, and ran back home for dinner, tired but happy. Things are different today. One sign of this is the difference in how much well-off and poorer families spend on their children. The data comes from the United States, and covers a period (from the early 1970s to the middle of the last decade) that saw rising income inequality. According to researchers Sabino Kornrich and Frank Furstenberg, in the early 70s, the poorest 10% of American families spent around $607 a year per child; by 2006/07, that had risen to $750, an increase of about 23% (the figures are adjusted for inflation). By contrast, the wealthiest 10% of families spent $2,832 in the early 1970s, rising to $6,573, an increase of about 132%. Read more

What is BEPS and how can you stop it?
Some businesses that are worth billions may pay practically no tax in the places where they operate and make profits. Not because they’re defrauding the system, but because tax systems simply haven’t kept up with how firms in the digital economy in particular add value and make profits, on intangible assets such as design and licensing for example, or even by exploiting your personal data. Other firms also avoid paying what most citizens would consider “fair” taxes through “(tax) base erosion and profit shifting” or BEPS as the OECD calls it. As we discussed in this article, BEPS schemes themselves can be extremely complicated, but the basic idea is simple: shift profits across borders to take advantage of tax rates that are lower than in the country where the profit is made. Opportunities for MNEs to pay less tax harm everybody. Governments lose revenue and may have to cut public services and increase taxes on everybody else. But businesses suffer too. Small businesses, businesses working mainly in one national market and new firms can’t compete with MNEs who shift profits across borders to avoid or reduce tax. And an MNE that doesn’t shift profits is at a disadvantage compared to its BEPSing rivals. What can be done? Today, the OECD launched a 15-point Action Plan that will give governments the domestic and international arms they need to combat BEPS. Read more

The Arts are Extra-Curricular and Disposable
The Arts continue to be cut from school curriculums across the nation. Despite arts advocacy groups’ efforts to prevent the decline of arts inclusion, the arts are perceived as extra-curricular and disposable when budgets are decided. Nothing is farther from the truth: the Arts challenge us to not only dare, but also explore the myriad of possibilities of “What if…”. As a k-12 (primary and secondary school) English and Theater classroom teacher for over 30 years, Educational Theater scholar, and Director of Instruction for Arts Education organizations, I have witnessed firsthand the efficacy of an arts integrated curriculum. Read more

Better Plays for Better Lives: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Given the current heat in Paris, we thought it appropriate to begin with the archetypal summer play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The play unfolds in a comic series of events, for the most part caused by the fairies that rule over the wood. Yes, you read that correctly: fairies. Oberon and Titania, greatest of the fairies, have had a violent disagreement. Titania has custody over an adopted child, “a lovely boy”, and Oberon is jealous. Oberon’s acts of revenge lead to some unfortunate side effects for Hermia and Lysander, young lovers who have eloped to the woods. But it is not just the human story that is affected by the fairy war. Encountering her jealous husband, Titania describes the cosmic effects of their disagreement:

“But with thy brawls thou hast disturbed our sport.
Therefore the winds, piping to us in vain,
As in revenge, has sucked up from the sea
Contagious fogs, which falling in the land
Hath every petty river made so proud
That they have overborne their continents”

In short, their dispute has led to catastrophic flooding, with “continents” here meaning “container”. Titania goes on to describe a 16th century version of climate change, “The seasons alter”, suggesting that “The spring, the summer, / The childing autumn, angry winter, change” and the planet has become confused, “the mazèd world/ By their increase now knows not which is which.” Read more

Paris police capture Eiffel Tower
We’ve just learned that a special police unit has busted an Eiffel Tower smuggling ring. Well, more of key ring really, since the raid netted 60 tonnes of souvenirs with a street value of, er, 5 for a euro. I’ve no idea how many you need to make up 60 tonnes, but sources say it’s a lot. (If you read this article to the end, I’ll tell you how much the original weighs). A police inspector told Le Figaro that they’re not after the hundreds of sellers you may have seen around various touristy areas of Paris. They’re after the ringleaders who control what is in fact an international business, or a global value chain (GVC) as we would say, importing the merchandise from China into France for sale by mainly African sellers to tourists from the world over. The OECD is usually all in favour of GVCs and often asks governments to do more to open up international trade. Those gains from the Doha Round may or may not be realised. Progress in the negotiations is slow to non-existent, and in the meantime, selling key rings and other cheap souvenirs allows those who do it to make a living and to help their families. It’s a very precarious living and they can’t send much money home, but at least whatever they send goes directly to those who need it, and those little sums soon add up. According to the 2013 African Economic Outlook, remittances from workers abroad overtook foreign direct investment and aid as the main financial flow into Africa in 2010. Read more

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