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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

Education at a Glance 2013 A Good Life in Old Age Perspectives on Global Development 2013


Value of education rises in crisis but investment in this area is falling, says Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators: PDF and Read versions available now. Printed book to come in September. Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary Always a bestseller!

We must take better care of our elderly, says A Good Life in Old Age: Press release | Book announcement | Policy brief | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary An interesting new book on elder care. Should do well.

Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Revitalising Industrial Policies in a Shifting World. PDF available now. Print version to come soon! S-G Speech | Book announcement | 60-second guide | Pocket editon | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary A new take on industrial policy in developing countries. As with the previous Perspectives on Global Development, this one should do well.

Health spending continues to slow, says OECD Health Data 2013: Press release | Database on OECD iLibrary One of our most-used databases.

OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2013 Issue 1: Print edition now available! Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

 

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

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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

Global Food Security OECD Compendium of Agri-Environmental Indicators
Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods through Collective Action Agricultural Innovation Systems


Global Food Security: Challenges for the Food and Agricultural System finds that eliminating global hunger is more about raising the incomes of the poor than an issue of food prices and that more should be invested in rural areas, which offer higher returns than agricultural subsidies. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary Should do well.

OECD Compendium of Agri-Environmental Indicators: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary A very interesting set of indicators. Previous edition did well, this one should also.

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods through Collective Action: PDF available now. Print version to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Agricultural Innovation Systems: A Framework for Analysing the Role of Government: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Design and Implementation of Food-Import Related Regulations: Working paper

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

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Why does it matter? Webpage

Portugal needs proactive enforcement to tackle severe foreign bribery risks, says OECD: Press release | Report (PDF - 692 kb)

Poland needs strategy to meet growing risk of foreign bribery: Press release | Report (PDF- 592 kb)

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises - Responsible Business Conduct Matters: Report (PDF - 5.27 mb)

Recent Finacial Action Task Force Guidance papers: FATF website

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

Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Revitalising Industrial Policies in a Shifting World Aid for Trade and Development Results


Perspectives on Global Development 2013: Revitalising Industrial Policies in a Shifting World. PDF available now. Print version to come soon! S-G Speech | Book announcement | 60-second guide | Pocket editon | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Aid for Trade and Development Results: A Management Framework: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

African Economic Outlook 2013: Structural Transformation and Natural Resources: Print version now available: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Aid in Support of Environment, May 2013: Report (PDF - 985 kb)

Quick and easy access to information about West Africa: www.westafricagateway.org

Financing Water and Sanitation in Developing Countries: The Role of External Aid: Report (PDF - 665 kb)

Food Crisis Prevention Network: Website

Annual Report of the Sahel and West Africa Club: Annual Report (PDF - 5.15 mb)

Forthcoming
-African Central Government Debt 2013: Book listing
-Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD  Economic Outlook, Vol 2013 N 1 OECD Economic Surveys: Iceland 2013


OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2013 Issue 1: Print edition now available! Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Iceland’s economy is recovering at a moderate pace and is now more balanced than before the crisis, although more remains to be done in private-sector deleveraging, says OECD Economic Surveys: Iceland 2013: Book announcement | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economic Policy Papers
-5: Judicial Performance and its Determinants: A Cross-Country Perspective
-6: Public Spending on Health and Long-term Care: A new set of projections

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1048: A Projection Method for Public Health and Long-Term Care Expenditures
-1058: Assessing the Efficiency of Welfare Spending in Slovenia with Data Envelopment Analysis
-1059: Banks’ Restructuring and Smooth Deleveraging of the Private Sector in Slovenia
-1061: Restructuring welfare spending in Slovenia
-1062: The Post-crisis Narrowing of International Imbalances -- Cyclical or Durable?
-1063: Greening Growth in Luxembourg
-1064: Policy Implementation in Italy: Legislation, public administration and the rule of law
-1065: Italy and the Euro Area Crisis: Securing fiscal sustainability and financial stability
-1066: Belgium: Enhancing the Cost Efficiency and Flexibility of the Health Sector in Belgium to Adjust to Population Ageing

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Surveys: Austria 2013: Book listing
-Getting It Right: Strategic Agenda for Reforms in Mexico: Book listing


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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Main Economic Indicators, May 2013 Monthly Statistics of International Trade, May 2013


Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2013 Issue 5: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | View issue on OECD iLibrary | Related database on iLibrary

Monthly Statistics of International Trade, Volume 2013 Issue 5; Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | View issue on OECD iLibrary | Related database on iLibrary

OECD Unit labour costs down 0.1 % in the first quarter of 2013: Press release

Forthcoming:
-Labour Force Statistics 2012: Book listing
-OECD Insurance Statistics 2012: Book listing
-National Accounts of OECD Countries, Volume 2013 Issue 2: Detailed Tables: Book listing

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EDUCATION

Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators Art for Art's Sake
Skills Development and Training Higher Education and Regional and City Development: Basque Country, Spain 2013


Value of education rises in crisis but investment in this area is falling, says Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators: PDF and Read versions available now. Printed book to come in September. Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Art for Art's Sake: Blog post | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary A very interesting book on the value of arts education. It will do well.

Skills Development and Training in SMEs: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Basque Country, Spain 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How Difficult is it to Move from School to Work? Education Indicators in Focus

Education and Skills Newsletter, June/July 2013 includes articles on the new edition of Education at a Glance, the OECD Action Plan for Youth, Educaton Policy Country Profiles, PISA for Parents Facebook page, the Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship and more. Newsletter

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
-A Skills beyond School Review of Austria: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of Germany: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of the United States: 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

A Good Life in Old Age Ageing and Employment Policies: Norway 2013 Skills Development and Training in SMEs


We must take better care of our elderly, says A Good Life in Old Age: Press release | Book announcement | Policy Brief | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Norway should improve incentives to encourage people to work longer, says Ageing and Employment Policies: Norway 2013: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Skills Development and Training in SMEs: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Migration Outlook 2013: Print edition now available! Press release | Book announcement with video | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Local Job Creation: How Employment and Training Agencies Can Help - United States: Working paper

Redistribution Policy in Europe and the United States: Is the Great Recession a 'Game Changer' for Working-age Families? Working paper

Forthcoming
-Greece: Reform of Social Welfare Programmes: Book listing
-Labour Force Statistics 2012: Book listing

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ENERGY

Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2013 Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2013


IEA sees growth of natural gas in power generation slowing over next 5 years in the Medium-Term Gas Market Report 2013: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Renewables to surpass gas by 2016 in the global power mix, says Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Transition to Sustainable Buildings - Strategies and Opportunities to 2050: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon.Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Energy and GHG Reductions in the Chemical Industry via Catalytic Processes: IEA Technology Roadmap (PDF - 2.95 mb)

Keeping Track: Options to Develop International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting after 2012: OECD/IEA Working paper

Monitoring and Tracking Long-Term Finance to Support Climate Action: OECD/IEA Working paper

Design Options for International Assessment and Review (IAR) and International Consultations and Analysis (ICA): OECD/IEA Working paper

Tracking and Trading : Expanding on Options for International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting after 2012: OECD/IEA Working paper

Tracking Climate Finance: What and How? OECD/IEA Working paper

Frequent and Flexible: Options for Reporting Guidelines for Biennial Update Reports: OECD/IEA Working paper

Crossing the Threshold: Ambitious Baselines for the UNFCCC New Market-Based Mechanism: Working paper

Comparing Definitions and Methods to Estimate Mobilised Climate Finance: Working paper

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications: Working paper

Kenneth J. Fairfax named next IEA Deputy Executive Director: Announcement

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Compendium of Agri-Environmental Indicators Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods through Collective Action


OECD Compendium of Agri-Environmental Indicators: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Providing Agri-Environmental Public Goods through Collective Action: PDF available now. Print version to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation: Working paper

Keeping Track: Options to Develop International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting after 2012: OECD/IEA Working paper

Monitoring and Tracking Long-Term Finance to Support Climate Action: OECD/IEA Working paper

Design Options for International Assessment and Review (IAR) and International Consultations and Analysis (ICA): OECD/IEA Working paper

Tracking and Trading : Expanding on Options for International Greenhouse Gas Unit Accounting after 2012: OECD/IEA Working paper

Tracking Climate Finance: What and How? OECD/IEA Working paper

Frequent and Flexible: Options for Reporting Guidelines for Biennial Update Reports: OECD/IEA Working paper

Crossing the Threshold: Ambitious Baselines for the UNFCCC New Market-Based Mechanism: Working paper

Comparing Definitions and Methods to Estimate Mobilised Climate Finance: Working paper

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications: Working paper

Corporate Governance for Process Safety: OECD Guidance for Senior Leaders in High Hazard Industries: Report (PDF - 671 kb)

OECD Green Growth Newsletter, June 2013 includes article on putting green growth at the heart of development, green growth in cities, making growth green and inclusive in Ethiopia, the OECD’s 2013 GG-SD Forum, and more. Newsletter

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:
-Greening Household Behaviour: Overview from the Second Survey. Full book to be available 5 July: Book listing
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-Water Security: Managing Risks and Trade-offs: Book listing

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HEALTH

A Good Life in Old Age


We must take better care of our elderly, says A Good Life in Old Age: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Health spending continues to slow, says OECD Health Data 2013: Press release | Publication Announcement | Database on OECD iLibrary | Access to Excel Files and Definitions

Pace of innovation for Alzheimer’s and dementia needs to accelerate, says OECD, and governments need to help it along: Press release

Emerging Trends in Biomedicine and Health Technology Innovation:  Addressing the Global Challenge of Alzheimer’s: Working paper

Public Spending on Health and Long-term Care: A New Set of Projections suggests that the upward trend now also extends to major emerging economies: Economics Policy Paper

Health Workforce Planning in OECD Countries: A Review of 26 Projection Models from 18 Countries: Working paper

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

Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain


Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Strategic Study on Communication Infrastructure and Paperless Administration: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Mobile Roaming Agreements: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-OECD Communications Outlook 2013: Book listing

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

OECD Publishing is in the process of negotiating a new arrangement with the Nuclear Energy Agency. Hopefully new NEA books will be added to the iLibrary soon!

Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) joins the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme: Press release

NEA Monthly News Bulletin, June 2013 includes an article on estimating the cost of nuclear accidents: Newsletter

Crisis Communication: Facing the Challenges: Workshop proceedings (PDF - 9.44 mb)

Defense in Depth of Electrical Systems: CSNI Technical Opinion Paper (PDF - 1.26 mb)

International Reactor Physics Handbook Database and Analysis Tool (IDAT) (DVD): Announcement

Follow NEA on Twitter

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Poland: Implementing Strategic-State Capability Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy Making on Security and Justice in Mexico
Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia


OECD Public Governance Reviews Poland: Implementing Strategic-State Capability: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Strengthening Evidence-Based Policy Making on Security and Justice in Mexico: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reaping the Benefits of ICTs in Spain: Strategic Study on Communication Infrastructure and Paperless Administration: Read and share | Book listing | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia: The Public Sector Framework: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Better civil justice systems can boost investment, competition, innovation and growth, OECD says in What Makes Civil Justice Effective? Policy note | Policy paper

Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying: Policy brief (PDF 334 kb)

Forthcoming:
-Greece : Reform of Social Welfare Programmes: Book listing
-Public Procurement Review of the Mexican Institute of Social Security: Book listing
- Managing Service Demand: Book listing
- Co-operative Compliance: Book listing
- Together for Better Outcomes: Book listing
-Value for Money in Government: Norway 2013: 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
-OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform: Colombia 2013: Going beyond administrative simplification: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Nanotechnology for Green Innovation: Working paper

Emerging Trends in Biomedicine and Health Technology Innovation:  Addressing the Global Challenge of Alzheimer’s: Working paper

Pace of innovation for Alzheimer’s and dementia needs to accelerate, says OECD, and governments need to help it along: Press release

Knowledge Networks and Markets: Working paper

Measuring Patent Quality: Indicators of Technological and Economic Value: Working paper

OECD News on Innovation, June 2013 includes article on upcoming events and recent releases: Newsletter

New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-Based Capital - Key Analyses and Policy Conclusions Synthesis Report: Report (PDF - 813 kb)

Stimulating Economic Growth through Knowledge-Based Investment: Working paper

Regulatory Frameworks for Nanotechnology in Foods and Medical Products: Summary Results of a Survey Activity: Working paper

Towards revision of the Frascati Manual: Webpage

Forthcoming:
-Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurship 2013: Book listing
-OECD Communications Outlook 2013: Book listing
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2013: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Skills Development and Training in SMEs


Skills Development and Training in SMEs: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Local Job Creation: How Employment and Training Agencies Can Help - United States: Working paper

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

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TAXATION

 A Step Change in Tax Transparency, prepared at the request of the G8 for the Lough Erne Summit, outlines four concrete steps needed to put in place a global, secure and cost effective model of automatic exchange of information for tax purposes. Report (PDF - 8.16 mb)

Comments are invited on the discussion draft on the tax treaty treatment of employment termination payments: Announcement | Draft

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

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TRADE

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: Why does it matter? Webpage

Quantitative Evidence on Transparency in Regional Trade Agreements: Working paper

Multilateralising Regionalism:  Strengthening Transparency Disciplines in Trade: Working paper

Domestic Incentive Measures for Renewable Energy With Possible Trade Implications: Working paper

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

Forthcoming:
-Aid for Trade at a Glance 2013: Book listing

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TRANSPORTATION

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

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Local Job Creation: How Employment and Training Agencies Can Help: Working paper

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


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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Art for Art’s Sake? A gift to philanthropists and policymakers
Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education is a gift. Whether one is an artist, educator, policy maker, or philanthropic organization, it offers a comprehensive, cogent review of research studies, and identifies both evidence and gaps in our knowledge.  It examines the question of whether arts education helps to develop attributes for the workforce in innovation-directed economies, and lays out the next steps for potential research. Read more

Avoiding death by diesel
The most powerful man in the world is a gun-toting gay immigrant tobacconist married to a feminist oil executive receiving welfare benefits. He makes, modifies and abrogates laws with an ease that most politicians would envy, apart of course from the ones he pays to do his dirty business for him. At least that’s the impression you could get from reading the press and seeing how often, and in what way, the word “lobby” is used. Read more

When you are old and grey and full of sleep
The hardest job I ever had was as a nursing assistant in a psychiatric hospital. On a typical shift, five or six of us would look after 60 patients or more. The majority of the men had a combination of psychiatric and other conditions – Alzheimer’s, alcoholism, schizophrenia, various degrees of paralysis, and so on. What they had in common was the need for the long-term care the hospital provided. It’s a need that’s going to grow, with the number of people aged over 80 in OECD countries doubling between now and 2050. The share of the over-80s will rise from 3.9% of the population now to 9.1% in 2050, and from 4.7% to 11.3% in the EU-27. The OECD and the European Commission have just produced a report on monitoring and improving quality in long-term care. If you’re worried about growing old, A Good Life in Old Age? will do nothing to reassure you. “…at least one in two people admitted to hospital from a care home setting are at risk of malnutrition… at least 30% of older people in acute hospitals and 40% of older people in care homes meet the clinical criteria for a diagnosis of depression… There is no sign of a consistent decline in the incidence of physical restraint use… two-thirds of LTC [long-term care] users in institutions were exposed to one or more medication errors… one old person dies due to a fall every five hours… Pressure ulcers are known to affect a large number of LTC recipients in nursing homes…”. So, what can be done, other than head north to cast yourself adrift on an ice floe before global warming melts them all? Read more

Industrial policies for development: It’s more than you think
It was a dirty word. Not something to boast about. Yet it was widely practiced, even by its harshest critics. Industrial policy is now back it seems – unless, as Stiglitz says, it never really left. The third edition of Perspectives on Global Development from the OECD Development Centre demystifies industrial policies. Does this edition live up to the outstanding standards set by the first two? Yes, and it should prove just as useful too. As Cambridge professor Ha Joon Chang puts it: this “landmark publication… shows a supreme degree of pragmatism”. It “looks for ways to make industrial policy work better, rather than having an ideological debate on whether it exists and whether it can ever succeed. It is an excellent example of how that exploration may be conducted in an intelligent, well-informed and balanced way”. Read more

Eurasia: The Silk Road to Competitiveness
Seen from a sweltering hotel lobby surrounded by palm trees, the view could be considered somewhat surprising. Turquoise beach? Sand covered surfers? No, try a snow swept tundra and ultra modern skyscrapers plated with 10-story TV screens. We’re in Astana, Kazakhstan and it’s February. Welcome to today’s Eurasia, land of contrasts. Twenty-five years ago the story was different.  Most of the thirteen economies of Eurasia taking part in the OECD Eurasia Competitiveness Programme shared the same Soviet institutions which kept a lid on economic, political and social differences. Today the lid is off and divergences between countries are growing as they race to find a place in the global economy. Read more

Getting Rid of “Responsible” from “Responsible Business Conduct”
Today’s OECD Global Forum on Responsible Business Conduct comes not a minute too soon, with far too many recent examples of irresponsible – and, in many cases, criminal conduct – in international business. There is reason to worry that such problems will worsen as the center of gravity of the world’s economic activity moves towards the developing nations, since the necessary institutions and the context within which global business operates have not had the time to catch up with the rapid market changes. For this reason, business must take on a disproportionate share of responsibility to compensate for the missing institutions. Read more

School’s out, but what’s next?
Over the past few weeks, many young people walked through the doors of high schools and universities for the last time. For some, the next steps of their journey are well mapped out – more education, an internship, maybe even a job. For others, things are far less clear. Their uncertainty is underlined by the latest data on “NEETs” – young people not in employment, education or training – in OECD countries. On average in 2011 (the most recent year for which internationally comparable statistics are available),  around one in six young people between the ages of 15 and 29 fell into that category. In some OECD countries, the proportion rose to as high as one in three among people in their mid to late-20s. These numbers appear in the latest edition of the OECD’s Education at a Glance, which paints a worrying picture of the job prospects of young people in the wake of the Great Recession. But it also underlines the continuing – and growing – importance of education as they make their way in the world. Read more

The serpent in the lobby
The most powerful man in the world is a gun-toting gay immigrant tobacconist married to a feminist oil executive receiving welfare benefits. He makes, modifies and abrogates laws with an ease that most politicians would envy, apart of course from the ones he pays to do his dirty business for him. At least that’s the impression you could get from reading the press and seeing how often, and in what way, the word “lobby” is used. Generally, it’s in relation to undue influence on government decision-making, and the lobby or lobbyist is presented as inherently suspicious. Here’s a typical example from the UK’s Daily Mail: “The Frankenfood Conspiracy: Secret summit where slick lobbyists for bio-tech giants seduced Tory Ministers into changing their tune on GM food”. Read more

Emerging Middle Class Blues
How is life? You might have expected the urban middle class in Brazil and Turkey to answer that well-known OECD slogan with “We can´t complain”, to paraphrase a recurring refrain in Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s 1964 poem Middle Class Blues. After all, the recalibration of the world economy toward the emerging countries, mostly as a result of superior prolonged growth in the Asian giants China and India, has since 1999 helped move roughly half a billion people above $2 a day, the median income poverty threshold in developing countries. Homi Kharas´ estimates for the OECD Development Centre projected almost 70% of the world´s middle class consumption – $56 trillion by 2030 – to be outside the OECD. No wonder then that the term “emerging country middle class” has been driving big dollar signs into many eyes.Yet, the urban middle class youth is in revolt in Brazil, Turkey and other fast-growing countries. The controversy around Easterlin Paradox, a key concept of happiness economics, suggests that happiness grows more slowly than incomes. Leaders in many emerging countries are today confronted with a dilemma that reflects the dual rural-urban structure of their large societies. Read more

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