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 1 FEBRUARY 2012
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THIS ISSUE'S TOPICS
Highlights Economic Statistics Nuclear Energy
OECD Publishing News Education Public Management
Agriculture/Food/Fisheries Employment Science & Technology
Business and Markets Energy SMEs & Entrepreneurship
Development Environment Taxation
Economic Developments Health Trade
Info/Comm Technology Transportation

HIGHLIGHTS

OECD Yearbook 2012 Economic Policy Reforms 2012 Sick on the Job


Towards a positive legacy of a terrible crisis: the title of the editorial by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría sets the tone in this second annual OECD Yearbook 2012 (annual supplement to the OECD Observer). The 168 page volume features articles by renowned guests from government, business, trade unions and civil society who join OECD experts to take stock of the crisis and explore the key questions that confront the world economy in the year ahead: View full book | View article | Subscribe to the OECD Observer

Reducing inequality while boosting economic growth is possible, says article in forthcoming Economic Policy Reforms 2012: Going for Growth: Press release | Article (PDF - 908 kb. Full book to come in March.) Another pre-released article covers spreading macroeconomic risks more fairly: Article

Mental health issues are rising in the workplace says Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

OECD Yearbook 2012 OECD Factbook 2011-2012


Towards a positive legacy of a terrible crisis: the title of the editorial by OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría sets the tone in this second annual OECD Yearbook 2012 (annual supplement to the OECD Observer). The 168 page volume features articles by renowned guests from government, business, trade unions and civil society who join OECD experts to take stock of the crisis and explore the key questions that confront the world economy in the year ahead: View book | Subscribe to the OECD Observer

OECD Factbook 2012: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics For 50 years, the OECD has been at the forefront in the production of reliable, comparable, timely and trusted statistics. The OECD Factbook is the most comprehensive statistical publication of the Organisation. This year's edition provides not only a snapshot of the most recent statistics produced by the OECD but also celebrates its 50th Anniversary through a special chapter focusing on longer-term developments. Also new this year, online data for the Country Statistical Profiles will be updated dynamically. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Webpage (iPhone/iPad apps now available on App Store!)

OECD lauches 2012 Video Competion. Theme is Education and Skills: Announcement

OECD Subscription Prices for 2012: Price list

New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2012: Catalogue

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 Policies for Poverty Reduction: A Synthesis: Book listing
-Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2011


Urgent reform key to securing Asia’s pension systems says Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2011: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Principles and Trade-Offs When Making Issuance Choices in the UK: Report by the United Kingdom Debt Management Office: Working paper (new series)

Regulatory Reform of OTC Derivatives and Its Implications for Sovereign Debt Management Practices: Report by the OECD Ad Hoc Expert Group on OTC Derivatives - Regulations and Implications for Sovereign Debt Management Practices: Working paper

Anti-corruption efforts are part of regulation, says Mark Pieth, Chair of the OECD Working Group on Bribery in International Business Transactions: OECD Yearbook article

Forthcoming
-OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises
-Competitiveness and Private Sector Development: Ukraine 2011: Sector Competitiveness Strategy
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Colombia 2012: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Kazakhstan 2012: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Zambia 2012: Book listing
-OECD Journal: Financial Market Trends, Volume 2011 Supplement 1: Five Decades at the Heart of Financial Modernisation

-OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2012: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2011-2012 Revenue Statistics in Latin America


Growth to remain solid in the medium-term says Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2011/2012: Press release | Book on Online bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (Printed book now available.)

Rising tax revenues are a key to economic development in Latin America says Revenue Statistics in Latin America: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Technological Upgrading in China and India:  What Do We Know? Working paper

Making Reform Happen in Colombia:  The Process of Regional Transfer Reform: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Latin American Economic Outlook 2012: Book listing
-OECD Insights - From Aid to Development: The Global Fight against Poverty (formerly titled OECD Insights: Develoment and Aid): Book listing
-Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction: A Synthesis: Book listing
-Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction: Book listing
-Aid Effectiveness 2011
-Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance: Book listing

-Greening Development: Enhancing Capacity for Environmental Management and Governance: Book listing
-Global Security Risks and West Africa:Development Challenges: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

Economic Policy Reforms 2012 OECD Economic Surveys Chile 2012
OECD Economic Surveys Switzerland 2011 OECD Economic Surveys Denmark 2012


Reducing inequality while boosting economic growth is possible, says article in forthcoming Economic Policy Reforms 2012: Going for Growth: Press release | Article (PDF - 908 kb. Full book to come in March.) Another pre-released article covers spreading macroeconomic risks more fairly: Article

Vigorous recovery has lost momentum says OECD Economic Surveys: Chile 2012: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

External factors threaten Swiss recovery says OECD Economic Surveys: Switzerland 2011: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Continuing with reforms will bring about stronger and even greener growth in Denmark says OECD Economic Surveys: Denmark 2012: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Journal: Economic Studies, Volume 2011 Issue 1 includes articles on productivity growth, current account imbalances, investment in network infrastructure, ICT-enabled innovation, fiscal councils, home ownership rates, and residential mobility. Subscribe to the OECD Journal | View issue on OECD iLibrary

The economy: The evolving paradigm: OECD Yearbook article

Link between pay and GDP growth breaking down: OECD Yearbook article

OECD Economics Department Working Papers:
-939: Reforming Education in England
-940: Structural Change and the Current Accounts: The Case of Germany
-941: Improving Energy Efficiency in the Czech Republic

Forthcoming
-OECD Economic Surveys: Finland 2012: Book listing
-Economic Policy Reforms 2012: Going for Growth: Book listing


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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

National Accounts at a Glance 2011 Statistics on International Trade in Services V1


National Accounts at a Glance 2011: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2011 Issue 1>: Detailed Tables by Service Category: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD unemployment rate stable at 8.2% in November 2011, but national rates diverge: Press release

OECD annual inflation rate slows to 2.9% in December 2011: Press release

Can data visualisation help build democracy? Article

Forthcoming:
-OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2011 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country

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EDUCATION

Starting Strong III Higher Education Management and Policy V 23 N3 Education Policy Advice for Greece


Quality standards essential to boost child learning and development, says Starting Strong III: A Quality Toolbox for Early Childhood Education and Care: Press release | Blog posting | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (Print copies now available!)

Higher Education Management and Policy, Volume 23 Issue 3 includes articles on critical masses for academic research groups, student-faculty ratios, bachelor degree graduates' learning outcomes, Bologna Process impact on academic staff in the Ukraine, strategies for research in New Zealand, and higher education reforms in Finland and Portugal. Subscribe to journal on Online Bookshop | View issue on OECD iLibrary

Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Education Policy Advice for Greece: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Czech Republic 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How has the global economic crisis affected people with different levels of education? First issue of Education Indicators in Focus (PDF - 2.3 mb)

Are girls and boys ready for the Digital Age? PISA in Focus (Note: All PISA in Focus briefs are now available as a policy paper series on the OECD iLibrary. Previous ones have been announced in prior editions of this newsletter. See the full list)

Reforming Education in England: Working paper

educationtoday: OECD’s blog on global perspectives on education: Blog

Forthcoming
-Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for Japan
-Languages in a Global World: Learning for Better Cultural Understanding: Book listing
-School Leadership: The creation of a common school culture: Teaching and Learning: International Survey (TALIS 2008 Data thematic report)
-Innovation in School Education: TALIS Thematic Report
-PISA 2009 Technical Report: Book listing
-Equity and Quality in Education: Supporting Disadvantaged Students and Schools: Book listing
-Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments: Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Sick on the Job Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2011


Mental health issues are rising in the workplace says Sick on the Job?Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Pensions at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2011: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Link between pay and GDP growth breaking down: OECD Yearbook article

Forthcoming
-Job Tasks, Work Skills and the Labour Market
-Jobs for Immigrants, Vol. 3: Labour Market Integration in Austria, Norway and Switzerland: Book listing

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ENERGY

Oil market uncertainties addressed in Riyadh: Press release

Sharing information on bus transport systems is made easier thanks to new database: Press release

Removal of gasoline subsidy in Nigeria sparks protests and cut in demand: Press release

Joint public-private approaches for energy efficiency finance, the latest IEA Policy Pathway report, aims to support policy makers at all levels of government and other relevant stakeholders who seek practical ways to develop, support, monitor or modify energy efficiency policies in their home country and abroad: Report (PDF - 5.54 mb)

New IEA-IRENA partnership to develop a Global Renewable Energy Policies and Measures Database, as well as increase co-operation on technology and innovation: Press release

Combining Bioenergy with CCS: Reporting and Accounting for Negative Emissions under UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol: Working paper

The IEA Model of Short-Term Energy Security (MOSES): Primary Energy Sources and Secondary Fuels: Working paper

The Impact of Wind Power on European Natural Gas Markets: Working paper

The Boardroom Perspective: How Does Energy Efficiency Policy Influence Decision Making in Industry? Working paper

The Global Value of Coal: Working paper

A Policy Strategy for Carbon Capture and Storage: Working paper

Improving Energy Efficiency in the Czech Republic: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Medium-Term Oil and Gas Markets 2011
-Energy Policies of OECD Countries: Slovak Republic 2011

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ENVIRONMENT

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies


Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Green Growth Newsletter, January 2012 includes articles on the Launch of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, green growth in cities and regions, green growth in Korea, the upcoming seminar on demographic change and local development, upcoming key events: : Newsletter

Forthcoming
-OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050
: Book listing

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HEALTH

Sick on the Job Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies


Mental health issues are rising in the workplace says Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Russian Federation 2012: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Review of Telecommunications Policy and Regulation in Mexico


Telecoms reform would boost competition and growth in Mexico says Review of Telecommunication Policy and Regulation in Mexico: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Machine-to-Machine Communications: Connecting Billions of Devices: Working paper

OECD Information and Communication Policy News - January 2012: Newsletter

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Nuclear Law Bulletin V2011 N2


Nuclear Law Bulletin, Volume 2011 Issue 2 includes articles on radioactive waste repository development in the US, the Radioactive Waste Directive, the continuing role of item-specific agreements in the IAEA safeguards system, and liability and compensation related to Fukushima. Subscribe on Online Bookshop | View issue on OECD iLibrary

NEA meets with Japanese officials to discuss nuclear safety regulatory organisations: Announcement

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Measuring Regulatory Performance


Measuring Regulatory Performance: A Practitioner's Guide to Perception Surveys: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Review of Public Procurement of the Mexican Institute of Social Security: Report (PDF - 1.87 mb)

Forthcoming:
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 2: Promoting Integrity through Self-regulation
-Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game: Book listing
-OECD Territorial Reviews: Chihuahua, Mexico 2012: Book listing
-OECD Integrity Review of Brazil: Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service: Book listing
-Institutional and Financial Relations across Levels of Government: Book listing
-Better Regulation in Europe: Italy 2012: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Forthcoming:
-OECD Handbook on Measuring the Space Economy: Book listing

 

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Knowledge Networks and Their Impact on New and Small Firms in Local Economies: Working paper

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TAXATION

Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing Revenue Statistics in Latin America


Dealing Effectively with the Challenges of Transfer Pricing: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Rising tax revenues are a key to economic development in Latin America says Revenue Statistics in Latin America: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

India has signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Mattersa multilateral agreement which promotes international co-operation while respecting the rights of taxpayers: Press release

The 7th meeting of the Forum on Tax Administration, which brought together the heads of tax administrations from 43 countries, concluded with a unified and strengthened commitment to combat offshore tax abuse. Press release

New Fiscal observatory for the Latin-American region: Announcement

Making Reform Happen in Colombia: The Process of Regional Transfer Reform: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing

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TRADE

Statistics on International Trade in Services V1


OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2011 Issue 1: Detailed Tables by Service Category: Subscribe on Online Bookshop | View issue on OECD iLibrary

Trade and Innovation: Synthesis Report: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2011 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country

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TRANSPORTATION

Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies


Mortality Risk Valuation in Environment, Health and Transport Policies: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Sharing information on bus transport systems is made easier thanks to new database: Press release

Ministers meet in May for Summit on Seamless Transport. Registration opens for the International Transport Forum's 2012 Summit - early registration discount until 1 April. Press release | Registration

International Transport Forum Newsletter January 2012: Newsletter

International Workshop on Measuring Investment in Transport Infrastructure: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

The government inspectors
Around a third of global assets are held offshore beyond the reach of effective taxation according to the Tax Justice Network. The TJN also estimates that private individuals hide $11.5 trillion in tax havens, depriving the rest of us of $250 billion a year in tax revenues.So how can we get the tax cheats to pay up? Read more

OECD shows how to fight inequality and boost growth at the same time
New OECD research as part of the Going for Growth programme argues that “countries should fight rising inequality with policies that simultaneously curb the income gap between rich and poor while boosting economic growth.” The OECD policy mix focuses on tax, labour markets and education. The reduction or elimination of “welfare for the well-off” – tax breaks that primarily benefit the rich would create space for growth-friendly reductions in taxes for all taxpayers. Read more

The internet of things
Look around you for a second and count the number of electronic devices, machines and gadgets. All of them – light bulbs, cars, TVs, digital cameras, refrigerators, stereos, cranes, beds – will be connected to the Internet over the next 15 years, if they aren’t already. This is the potential of the “Internet of Things”: billions and billions of devices and their components connected to one another via the Internet. 50 billion devices by 2020, according to companies like Ericsson. The Internet of Things will radically alter our world through “smart” connectivity, save time and resources, and provide opportunities for innovation and economic growth. Read more

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