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THIS ISSUE'S TOPICS

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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 Review of Flood Risk Management from the Seine in Ile-de-France OECD Economic Surveys: Denmark 2013 OECD Economic Surveys: Hungary 2013


French capital should prepare now for risk of a costly Seine flood, says OECD Review of Flood Risk Management from the Seine in Ile-de-France Region. Book currently available only in French PDF version. English and print versions to come soon. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Danish economy strong but stronger productivity growth is suggested in the OECD Economic Surveys: Denmark 2013: Book annoucement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Hungary exited recession in 2013, but growth potential remains held back by weak investment, low employment among low-skilled workers and shortcomings in labour and product markets, says OECD Economic Surveys: Hungary 2014: Book announcement | 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

Improving farm tractor safety standards worldwide: Video on OECD Tractor Codes

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

State-Owned Enterprise Governance: A Stocktaking of Reforms and Challenges in Southern Africa: Working paper

FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index Updated: Index

Forthcoming
-Financial Education for Youth: The Role of Schools: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Myanmar 2014: Book listing
-OECD Competition Assessment Reviews: Greece 2013: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Norway 2013


Norway high up the aid donor table but could improve allocation, says the OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Norway 2013: Print as well as PDF versions are now available. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Updated Aid at a Glance Charts: Webpage

International Development Statistics data on OECD.Stat has been updated with 2012 data: OECD.Stat on OECD iLibrary

OECD Development Centre Newsletter, January 2014 includes article on rural development, the Policy Dialogue on Natural Resource-Based Development, and Revenue Statistics in Latin America: Newsletter

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys: Denmark 2013 OECD Economic Surveys: Hungary 2013


Danish economy strong but stronger productivity growth is suggested in the OECD Economic Surveys: Denmark 2013: Book annoucement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Hungary exited recession in 2013, but growth potential remains held back by weak investment, low employment among low-skilled workers and shortcomings in labour and product markets, says OECD Economic Surveys: Hungary 2014: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Secretary-General Gurría strongly supports recently announced plans to revitalise the French economy: Press release

OECD appoints new directors for economic policy: Press release

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Main Economic Indicators, Vol 2014, No.1 Monthly Statistics of International Trade, Volume 2013, Issue 12


Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2014, Issue 1: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | Issue on OECD iLibrary | Related Database

Monthly Statistics of International Trade, Volume 2013, Issue 12: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | Issue on OECD iLibrary | Related Database

OECD employment rate nudges up to 65.2% in third quarter of 2013. Press release

The OECD Statistics Newsletter, January 2014 includes articles on innovation activity in Norway, globaliation and its impact on economic statistics, the statistical production system of Latvia, and more: Newsletter

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EDUCATION

OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Reviews of National Policies for Education: Secondary Education in Kazakhstan


OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reviews of National Policies for Education: Secondary Education in Kazakhstan: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Promoting Skills for Innovation in Higher Education: Working paper

Who are the School Truants? PISA in Focus

A Skills beyond School Commentary on Northern Ireland: Report (PDF - 1.11 mb)

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-Financial Education for Youth: The Role of Schools: Book listing


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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Mental Health and Work: Switzerland Mental Health and Work: Switzerland


Switzerland needs to improve its approach to mental-health issues in the labour force, says Mental Health and Work: Switzerland: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

France must do more to promote quality jobs for older workers, says Ageing and Employment Policies: France 2014. Book currently available only in French PDF version. English and print versions to come soon. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Mental Health and Work: United Kingdom: Book listing
-Employment and Skills Strategies in Australia: Book listing
-Society at a Glance 2014: Book listing

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ENERGY

Strong US deliveries lift global oil demand; OECD commercial inventories shrink, says IEA Oil Market Report, January 2014: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Morocco 2014
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Russia 2014
-Grid Integration of Variable Renewables: The Economics of Flexibility
-Energy Technology Perspectives


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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Review of Flood Risk Management from the Seine in Ile-de-France


French capital should prepare now for risk of a costly Seine flood, says OECD Review of Flood Risk Management from the Seine in Ile-de-France Region. Book currently available only in French PDF version. English and print versions to come soon. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Establishing and Understanding Post-2020 Climate Change Mitigation Commitments: Working paper

Exploring Climate Finance Effectiveness: Working paper

OECD Green Growth Newsletter, January 2014 includes articles on unlocking investment in support of green growth, transport and green growth, green skills and innovation, Environment at a Glance 2013, and the policymaker of the month: Newsletter

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water
-Green Growth Indicators 2013: Book listing
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Colombia 2014: Book listing

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HEALTH

Mental Health and Work: Switzerland


Switzerland needs to improve its approach to mental-health issues in the labour force, says Mental Health and Work: Switzerland: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Turkey 2013: Raising Standards: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Connected Televisions: Convergence and Emerging Business Models: Working paper

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

ROSATOM and OECD/NEA discuss co-operation: Press release

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, January 2014 includes articles on nuclear data evaluation, chemical thermodynamics of iron, new nuclear emergenc exercises, and the next session of the International School of Nuclear Law: Newsletter

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

OECD Review of Flood Risk Management from the Seine in Ile-de-France


OECD Review of Flood Risk Management from the Seine in Ile-de-France Region. Book currently available only in French PDF version. English and print versions to come soon. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Regulatory Policy and Behavioural Economics: Print as well as PDFeditions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Public Governance News, January 2014 includes articles on the new edition of Government at a Glance, trust, regions and cities, women in policymaking, public sector innovation, public governance initiatives in Grece and more: Newsletter

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development: With perspectives on Colombia and Indonesia: Print as well as PDF editions now available. Read and Share | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Workshop on Integrating Omics and Policy for Healthy Ageing: Synthesis Report: Working paper

Forthcoming
-OECD Tourism Trends and Policies 2014

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Missing Entrepreneurs


The Missing Entrepreneurs: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe: Print as well as PDF edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Policy briefs related to The Missing Entrepreneurs: Policy Briefs

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TAXATION

Revenue Statistics in Latin America 2014


Tax revenues continue to rise, but are low and varied among countries, according Revenue Statistics in Latin America 2014: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Discussion Draft on transfer pricing documentation and country-by-country reporting released for public comment: Announcment and Draft

Forthcoming:
-Global Forum Peer Reviews: Saudi Arabia, Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework:
Book listing (to come in 2014)

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TRADE

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

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TRANSPORTATION

Highlights of the International Transport Forum 2013: PDF and Read Versions on iLibrary (print versions not available)

ITF Inaugurates New Platform for Co-operation with Private Sector: Announcement

Registration for ITF Summit 2014 is now open: Announcement

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

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Forthcoming:
-OECD Territorial Reviews: Ukraine 2013: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Commercialising public research: One of the Innovation Policy Platform’s core subjects
Do you know what FedEx, the well-known overnight shipping company, and Dell Computers, a multinational technology company, have in common? Both firms’ core business ideas were developed by young student entrepreneurs. There are many other stories out there illustrating that universities and other public research institutions (PRIs) are a major source of innovations. The way universities and PRIs operate is also changing including notably the mechanisms and terms on which universities and PRIs are engaging with business and society. We also see that innovation is becoming more open and collaborative and that knowledge circulates more quickly and freely than ever. This inevitably has impacts on the commercialisation of public research. Recent work we conducted at the OECD on this topic demonstrates the importance of channels other than patents for the commercialisation of public research. Read more

The connected television debate in OECD countries
Thirty years ago last week, a US Supreme Court decision in the “Betamax case” clarified that even though a video cassette recorder (VCR) could be used for copyright infringement, the manufacturer was not liable for infringement by the purchasers. The decision was by the narrowest of margins – 5-4 – but it stands to this day. Today, many similar cases are making their way through courts in OECD economies. A new report “Connected televisions: convergence and emerging business models” describes some of the debates taking place regarding new equipment and services that change how television is delivered. Read more

A call for zero emissions
Today’s post is from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and is co-published by the World Economic Forum, meeting in Davos.
Our leaders must get to grips with the huge risk that carbon dioxide emissions pose to the economy and the environment. As we know, carbon dioxide is a long-lived gas. It hangs around. Of every tonne of CO2 emitted this year, some will still be around thousands of years from now. Even small ongoing emissions will continue to add to the atmospheric concentration. This is already having a serious environmental impact.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 2013 report finds it extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of global warming since the mid-20th century. UNEP estimates that country pledges to reduce emissions by 2020 get us only between a quarter and half way to our goal of maintaining a two degree ceiling on the global average temperature increase. This is why I am making a strong call for governments to put us on a pathway to achieve zero net emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels in the second half of this century. I also propose an action agenda to reverse this trend. Read more

We’re all free to be poor
According to the CIA World Factbook, political parties are prohibited in Bahrain, but don’t despair, freedom lovers, the “constitutional monarchy” formerly known as an emirate is the 13th freest country in the world according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. Economic freedom? According to the Heritage Foundation, co-publisher of the Index with the Wall Street Journal, that’s “… the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property”, plus aspects such as “the ability of individuals and businesses to enforce contracts”. The CIA, always looking for something to moan about, claims that “Bahrain is a destination country for men and women subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking; […] domestic workers are particularly vulnerable to forced labor and sexual exploitation because they are not protected under labor laws; […] the government has made few discernible efforts to investigate, prosecute, and convict trafficking offenses; […] most victims have not filed lawsuits against employers because of a distrust of the legal system or a fear of reprisals.” If it’s like that in one of the freest countries in the world, you can imagine what it’s like in hell-holes such as Norway, 20 places down the list from Bahrain. Read more

Looking for ghosts in China
A friend in Kunming laughed when we told her our travel plans: “Chenggong? But there’s nothing there!” More accurate, perhaps, if she’d said there’s no one there. Under construction since 2003, Chenggong is a satellite city of Kunming, capital of mountainous Yunnan province in southwest China. Such projects are not rare in China, and they tend to follow a familiar pattern: Universities and government offices are relocated, students and officials move in and, eventually, so do other people. Chenggong is different: Yes it has students and, as far as we know, bureaucrats but – so far at least – pretty much no one else. Read more

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