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 1 MARCH 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

Economic Policy Reform 2010: Going for Growth


OECD Environment Ministers to meet 29-30 March 2012: Announcement

OECD Development Centre prepares for 50th Anniversary: Website

Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, says Economic Policy Reforms 2012: Going for Growth: Press release | 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

Improving Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems


Improving Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems: OECD Conference Proceedings: Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Structural Change in Commodity Markets: Have Agricultural Markets Become Thinner? Working paper

Experts maintain commitment to expanding and updating tractor safety standards: Press release | 2012 OECD Tractor Codes

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

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

International Drivers of Corruption


International Drivers of Corruption: A Tool for Analysis: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Interactions Between Sovereign Debt Management and Monetary Policy Under Fiscal Dominance and Financial Instability: Working paper

A Critical Analysis of the Technical Assumptions of the Standard Micro Portfolio Approach to Sovereign Debt Management: Working paper

Russia joins OECD Anti-Bribery Convention: Press release

Fighting corruption, boosting integrity: Website article

OECD Global Forum on Competition held 16-17 February 2012: See papers on Website

Financial Action Task Force steps up the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing: Press release

FATF identifies jurisdictions with strategic deficiencies regarding anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism: List

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
-Towards New Arrangements for State Ownership in the Middle East and North Africa: Book listing


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DEVELOPMENT

International Drivers of Corruption Strategic Environmental Assessment in Development Practice Global Security Risks and West Africa


OECD Development Centre prepares for 50th Anniversary: Website

International Drivers of Corruption: A Tool for Analysis: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Strategic Environmental Assessment in Development Practice: A Review of Recent Experience: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Global Security Risks and West Africa: Development Challenges: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (Print version now available)

DACnews, Feburary 2012 includes articles around the them of the new shape of development co-operation including article on official development assistance in 2010, the Asian Development Bank joining AidFlows, a “New Deal” for fragile states, donor engagement in Myanmar and creating a new global partnership in development co-operation: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-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: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

Economic Policy Reform 2012: Going for Growth


Structural reforms can make the difference as countries rebound from crisis, says Economic Policy Reforms 2012: Going for Growth: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD’s Gurría welcomes support package for Greece: Press release

OECD Week 2012, comprising OECD Forum 2012 and the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level will be held on 22-24 May 2012.

OECD Economics Department Working Papers:
-933:
Fiscal Consolidation: Part 2. Fiscal Multipliers and Fiscal Consolidations
-935: Fiscal Consolidation: Part 4. Case Studies of Large Fiscal Consolidation Episodes

Forthcoming
-OECD Economic Surveys: Hungary 2012: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Poland 2012: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

National Accounts at a Glance 2011


Exploring Determinants of Subjective Wellbeing in OECD Countries :  Evidence from the World Values Survey: Working paper

National Accounts at a Glance 2011. Print version now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD GDP growth slows sharply to 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011: Press release

Merchandise trade values fall in most major economies in fourth quarter of 2011: Press release

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EDUCATION

Literacy, Numeracy and Problem-Solving in Technology-Rich Environments OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: New Zealand 2011


Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments: Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary ( PDF available; Print version to come shortly)

OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: New Zealand 2011: Blog post | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Guidelines for Quality Provision in Cross-Border Higher Education:  Where Do We Stand? Working paper

The Policy Impact of PISA:  An Exploration of the Normative Effects of International Benchmarking in School System Performance: Working paper

How Are Countries Around the World Supporting Students in Higher Education? Education Indicators in Focus | Related Blog Post

Cooking up success: why Finns learn better: Blog post

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

Forthcoming
-Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for Japan: Book listing
-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
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood and Education: Finland 2012
-The Experience of New Teachers: Results from TALIS 2008: Book listing
-Learning beyond Fifteen: Ten Years after PISA: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Integration of migrants in Switzerland successful, but stronger focus on vulnerable groups needed, says The Labour Market Integration of Immigrants and their Children in Switzerland: Working paper

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

Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Denmark 2011


IEA commends Denmark's new energy strategy in Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Denmark 2011: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Facing China’s Coal Future:  Prospects and Challenges for Carbon Capture and Storage: Working paper

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

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ENVIRONMENT

Strategic Environmental Assessment in Development Practice


OECD Environment Ministers to meet 29-30 March 2012: Announcement

Strategic Environmental Assessment in Development Practice: A Review of Recent Experience: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050:
Book listing
-Meeting the Water Reform Challenge: Book listing
-Water Quality and Agriculture:Meeting the Policy Challenge: Book listing

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HEALTH

Obesity: Mardi Gras - how fat are people this Tuesday? Press release | Obesity Update 2012

Better primary care is key to improving Korea’s healthcare system: Press release | Book announcement (Full book to be published soon)

Forthcoming
-OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Russian Federation 2012: Book listing
-Health Care Quality in Korea

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

More competition is key to cutting excessive international mobile roaming charges, says OECD: Press release | Recommendation

OECD releases recommendations to protect children online: Announcement

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Actions taken by regulatory bodies following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: Website

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Institutional and Financial Relations across Levels of   Government Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government OECD Public Governance Reviews: France


Institutional and Financial Relations across Levels of Government: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (PDF now available; printed book to come shortly)

Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (PDF available; Print version to come shortly)

OECD Public Governance Reviews: France (for now, only available in French): Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Cities and Green Growth: Case study of the Paris/Ile-de-France Region: Working paper

Forthcoming:
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 2: Promoting Integrity through Self-regulation
-OECD Territorial Reviews: Chihuahua, Mexico 2012:
-OECD Territorial Reviews: The Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Area, United States 2012: Book listing
-OECD Territorial Reviews, Småland-Blekinge, Sweden 2012

-OECD Integrity Review of Brazil: Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service: Book listing
-Better Regulation in Europe: Italy 2012: Book listing

-Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment: Book listing
-OECD Urban Policy Reviews, Korea 2012: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Food and the Tourism Experience


Food and the Tourism Experience: The OECD-Korea Workshop: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (PDF now available; printed book to arrive shortly)

R&D spending hit by economic downturn in 2009, says latest issue of Main Science and Technology Indicators: Announcement

Frascati Manual: New annex on measuring research and development (R&D) in developing countries now available: Announcement

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

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Food and the Tourism Experience


Food and the Tourism Experience: The OECD-Korea Workshop: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (PDF now available; printed book to arrive shortly)

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

Forthcoming
-Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurship: An OECD Scoreboard: Book listing

 

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TAXATION

Reforming Fiscal Federalism across Levels of Government


Greece signs international agreement to tackle tax evasion: Announcement

India ratifies Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters: Announcement

Reforming Fiscal Federalism and Local Government: Beyond the Zero-Sum Game: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (PDF available; Print version to come shortly)

Forthcoming:
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing
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Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews:
-- Brazil 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Chile 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework

-- Costa Rica 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Cyprus 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Czech Republic 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Guatemala 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Republic of Korea 2012: Combined: Phase 1 + Phase 2
--Malta 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Mexico 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--Slovak Republic 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
--United Arab Emirates 2012: Phase 1: Legal and Regulatory Framework
-Taxing Wages 2011:
Book listing

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TRADE

Effects of NAFTA on US Employment and Policy Responses: Working paper

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TRANSPORTATION

Designing a framework for transport investment statistics: Workshop report

International Transport Forum Newsletter, February 2012: Newsletter

Gain visibility for your transport research: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Strategic Transport Infrastructure Needs to 2030: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Do workers reap the benefits of productivity growth?
In the last twenty years of the 20th century, each pound of UK GDP growth was accompanied by around 90 pence of median wage growth. From 2000 to 2007 that figure fell to just 43 pence. This bears worrying similarities to the experience of the United States; with US median wages now flat for a generation, the pay of Americans in the bottom-half has decoupled from productivity growth. A new report from the Resolution Foundation by Professor John van Reenen and Joao Pessoa of the London School of Economics looks at how the relationship between productivity and compensation for workers has changed in the UK and in the US, building on similar work carried out in the US by Jared Bernstein. The report defines two types of decoupling, each of which tells a very different story. Read more


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