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 1 June 2014
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THIS ISSUE'S TOPICS

Highlights Education Public Governance & 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

African Economic Outlook 2014 The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport


African countries need to tap global markets more effectively, says African Economic Outlook 2014: Global Value Chains and Africa's Industrialisation: Press release with data viz | AEO Website | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, says The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport: Press release with video | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Factbook 2014: Print as well as PDF and webbook versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

OECD Factbook 2014 OECD Yearbook 2014


OECD Factbook 2014: Print as well as PDF and webbook versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Yearbook 2014, where OECD experts are joined by leaders from government, business, labour, academia and civil society to examine key questions facing our societies today. Yearbook

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New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2014: Catalogue

New OECD Subscription Catalogue, 2014: Catalogue

OECD iLibrary is now available at over 2000 institutions in more than 100 countries. See the list by country

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OECD publications will be on exhibit at the following events in the coming months:

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

Forthcoming
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

OECD Insurance Statistics 2013


OECD Insurance Statistics 2013: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Finance and enterprise affairs: Call for papers: Announcement

Mongolia should persist with systematic anti-corruption reforms says Anti-Corruption Reforms in Mongolia: Press release | Report (PDF 88 pages)

Tajikistan should step up its fight against corruption: Press release | Report (in Russian)

.Forthcoming
-Policy Framework for Investment in Agriculture: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Mauritius 2014: Book listing
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

African Economic Outlook 2014


African countries need to tap global markets more effectively, says African Economic Outlook 2014: Global Value Chains and Africa's Industrialisation: Press release with data viz | AEO Website | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Better Policies for Development: Policy Coherence for Development and Illicit Financial Flows: Print as well as PDF now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Islamic Development Bank statistical reporting to the OECD Development Assistance Committee: Brief (PDF - 4 pages)

Creating Jobs in Small Businesses: Evaluation Insight (PDF - 12 pages)

OECD Development Centre Newsletter, May 2014 includes article on the African Economic Outlook 2014; interrelations between public policies, migration and development, and the role of foundations in development: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Australia 2013: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: France 2013: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Review: Italy 2014: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Sweden 2014: Book listing

-Perspectives on Global Development 2014: Boosting Productivity to Meet the Middle Income Challenge: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1115: Economic Policies and Microeconomic Stability: A Literature Review and Some Empirics
-1116: Spillover Effects from Exiting Highly Expansionary Monetary Policies

Forthcoming:
-OECD Economic Surveys: Korea 2014: Book listing

-OECD Economic Surveys: Canada 2014: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: United States 2014: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

OECD Factbook 2014


OECD Factbook 2014: Print as well as PDF and webbook versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD GDP rose by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2014, but with large diverging patterns across countries: Press release

Update of the STAN Bilateral Trade in Goods by Industry and End-use Category: Announcement

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014: Press release

The March 2014 issue of Monthly Statistics of International Trade was the last monthly issue. It is now becoming a quarterly having additional statistics and analysis. Details concerning the change are published witin the March issue.

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EDUCATION

PISA 2012 Results, Volume III: Ready to Learn: Students' Engagement, Drive and Self-Beliefs: Print as well as PDF versions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt: Book listing
-TALIS 2013 Results: An International Perspective on Teaching and Learning: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic


Tackling long-term unemployment requires stronger local actions to develop skills, says Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Trends in Top Incomes and their Taxation in OECD Countries: Working paper

The Dynamics of Employment Growth: New Evidence from 18 Countries: Policy Paper

Skills at Work: How Skills and their Use Matter in the Labour Market: Working paper

Is Migration Good for the Economy: Migration Policy Debate (PDF - 4 pages)

Is Migration Really Increasing? Migration Policy Debate (PDF - 4 pages)

Forthcoming
-Employment and Skills Strategies in Canada: Book listing
-The 2012 Labour Market Reform in Spain: A Preliminary Assessment: Book listing
-Ageing and Employment Policies: France 2014: Book listing

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ENERGY

IEA shows policy makers, analysts and statisticians how to define, measure and use the most critical data on the ‘hidden fuel’ in its Energy Efficiency Indicators: Fundamentals on Statistics and its Energy Efficiency Indicators: Essentials for Policy Making. Fundamentals PDF - 387 pages) | Essentials (PDF -162 pages)

Linking Heat and Electricity Systems: Co-generation and District Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Clean Energy Future: Report (PDF - 62 pages)

Forthcoming:
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Morocco 2014
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Russia 2014: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport


Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, says The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport: Press release with video | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming:
-Green Growth Indicators 2014: Book listing
-Climate Change, Water and Agriculture: Towards Resilient Systems: Book listing
-Water Governance in Jordan: Book listing

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HEALTH

OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Norway 2014


Norway should strengthen primary care to address evolving healthcare needs, says OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Norway 2014: Raising Standards: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

More efforts needed to tackle rising obesity, says OECD: Press release | Obesity Update (PDF - 8 pages)

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Czech Republic 2014: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: Turkey 2013: Raising Standards: Book listing
-Making Mental Health Count: The Social and Economic Costs of Neglecting Mental Health Care: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Consumer Policy Guidance on Mobile and Online Payments: Working paper

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Co-operation strengthened between the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and China's National Nuclear Safety Administration: Press release

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections


Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Slovak Republic: Developing a Sustainable Strategic Framework for Public Administration Reform. Print as well as PDF editions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Budgeting Practices and Procedures in OECD Countries: Print as well as PDF versions are now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reducing red tape in business would boost Greek productivity, says Measurement and Reduction of Administrative Burdens in Greece: An Overview of 13 Sectors: Press release | Links to sectoral reports

Recommendation of the OECD Council on Regulatory Policy and Governance: Announcement | Recommendation (PDF - 35 pages)

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Forthcoming
-Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2014
-The Governance of Regulators: Book listing
-OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia's Audit System: Book listing
-Water Governance in Jordan: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Industry and Technology Policies in Korea


Industry and Technology Policies in Korea: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Dynamics of Employment Growth: New Evidence from 18 Countries: STI Policy Paper

OECD News on Innovation, Science, Technology and Industry, May 2014 includes articles on events and recent publications: Newsletter

Update of the STAN Bilateral Trade in Goods by Industry and End-use Category: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Emerging Policy Issues in Synthetic Biology: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Netherlands 2014
-OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Colombia 2014: Book listing
-Science, Technology and Innovation in Viet Nam: Book listing
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic


Tackling long-term unemployment requires stronger local actions to develop skills, says Employment and Skills Strategies in the Czech Republic: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2014: Book listing

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TAXATION

Taxing Wages 2014


Tax burdens on labour income continue to rise across the OECD, says Taxing Wages 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TRADE

Transparency of Export Restrictions: A Checklist Promoting Good Practice: Working paper

Update of the STAN Bilateral Trade in Goods by Industry and End-use Category: Announcement

Merchandise trade declines across most major economies in first quarter of 2014: Press release

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates: Webpage

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TRANSPORTATION

The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport


Rising air pollution-related deaths taking heavy toll on society, says The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport: Press release with video | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

What makes cities more productive: Working paper

A Sub-national Perspective on Financing Investment for Growth II - Creating Fiscal Space for Public Investment: The Role of Institutions: Working paper

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG and THE OECD OBSERVER

The anxieties of the rich
The crisis – did it hurt high-earners? It did, says a new paper (pdf) from the OECD, but not for long. In nine OECD countries for which data are available, the top 1% of earners saw their incomes slide by 3% in 2008, followed by an even bigger fall of 6.6% in 2009. But as the incomes of high earners tend to be very responsive to economic swings, these sorts of declines in a recession aren’t such a surprise. Indeed, by 2010, the worst was over: The incomes of the top 1% rose by 4% while pretty much everyone else’s stagnated.  In the US, for example, the share of pre-tax income wending its way to the top 1% more than doubled since 1980, hitting 20% in 2012. There were notable rises in other (mostly) English-speaking countries, too, notably Australia, Canada, Ireland and the UK. More surprising, the 1% in traditionally egalitarian economies like Finland, Norway and Sweden also saw rises in their share of income, although at around 7 to 8% they were well behind US levels. Read more

OECD Economic Outlook: Global economy strengthening but significant risks remain
The global economy will strengthen over the coming two years, but urgent action is still required to further reduce unemployment and address other legacies from the crisis, according to theOECD’s latest Economic Outlook launched at this morning at the Ministerial Council Meeting and Forum in Paris. Among the major advanced economies, recovery is best established in the United States, which is projected to grow by 2.6% in 2014 and 3.5% in 2015. The euro area will see a return of positive growth after three years of contraction: 1.2% in 2014 and 1.7% in 2015. In Japan, growth will be dented by the launch of much-needed fiscal consolidation measures, and is expected to hover at 1.2% in 2014 and 2015. The BRIICS (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa) are projected to see GDP growth of 5.3% this year on average and 5.7% in 2015. China will again have the fastest growth among these countries, with rates just below 7.5% in 2014 and 2015. Read more

Cutting the Gordian knot in SME financing: the power of information
The crisis saw traditional channels of credit for SMEs drying up or becoming restricted. Deleveraging became the order of the day for governments, consumers and banks. And yet, although many SME managers think that banks won’t lend to them, a recent ECB/EC SME survey suggests that nearly two-thirds of SMEs in the EU who applied for external finance got everything they applied for. The actual bottleneck comes from increasing interest rates and even more so increasing non-interest related costs (fees, charges, commissions) which make bank loans increasingly unattractive for SMEs. Read more

Tackling spectrum crunch: is more sharing the answer?
The spectrum used for mobile communications in the United Kingdom alone was worth USD 48 billion in 2011 according to this study. In turn, the mobile industry also supports a supply chain of infrastructure, equipment, applications and content providers, generating revenue of around USD 32 billion a year in the UK. But if the Internet economy is to continue to develop, more spectrum will be needed to accommodate the growth in smartphones and other wireless devices.A new OECD report looks at new approaches to enhance spectrum management to make more spectrum resources available for wireless communication services to meet current and future demand and, at the same time, increase the efficiency in its use. Read more

Meet the family!
Across OECD countries, just under three out of five households are made up of a mom, dad and kids, according to the OECD Family Database. People living on their own account for more than a quarter of households and single-parent households for around a tenth. The remainder is accounted for by extended families with grandparents, families living with other families and other arrangements. Read more

Cool Japan: An Enterprising New Model?
Japan may be on the cusp of a fresh wave of “cool entrepreneurship” that could turn the country’s creative industries into a new source of growth. OECD Observer Article

OECD Forum 2014 Highlights
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