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 2 APRIL 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 Economic Surveys Euro Area 2012 OECD Economic Surveys European Union 2012 OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050


Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, says OECD's Gurría on launch of OECD Economic Surveys: Euro Area 2012 and the European Union 2012: Press release | Book Announcement for Euro Area | Book annoucement for European Union | Euro Area book on Online Bookshop | European Union Book on Online Bookshop | Euro Area Book on OECD iLibrary | European Union Book on OECD iLibrary

US and Europe facing separate growth tracks, says OECD Economic Outlook Interim Economic Assessment: Press release | Interim Assessment (PDF - 930 kb)

OECD Environment Ministers met 29-30 March 2012. See conference website for information on the outcome: Conference website | OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 on Online Bookshop | OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 on iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

OECD.Stat now updated on OECD iLibrary. The OECD.Stat statistics environment inside the OECD iLibrary has been updated. Based on a series of user tests, navigation has been improved with the button bars being replaced by drop-down menus and improved dialogue boxes. A new charting module has been added. It offers bar and line charts and scatter plots. Users behind proxy servers should no longer have problems when changing the default time and frequency dimensions. See OECD.Stat on OECD iLibrary

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

Farmer Behaviour, Agricultural Management and Climate Change


Farmer Behaviour, Agricultural Management and Climate Change
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Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (PDF available now; printed version due shortly)

Forthcoming
-OECD/FAO Agricultural Outlook 2012
-Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2012: OECD Countries


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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Financial Market Trends V2011 N2 OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Zambia 2012 Towards New Arrangements for State Ownership in the Middle East and North Africa
Better Regulation in Europe: Italy OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2012


Financial Market Trends, Volume 2011, Issue 2 includes article on financial crisis management and the use of government guarantees, current issues in financial markets, and debt management and bond markets: Subscribe to the OECD Journal | Issue on OECD iLibrary

OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Zambia 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Towards New Arrangements for State Ownership in the Middle East and North Africa: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2012 print versions now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Better Regulation in Europe: Italy 2012 print versions now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Measuring Financial Literacy: Results of the OECD / International Network on Financial Education (INFE) Pilot Study: OECD Working Paper on Finance

UK increases enforcement of foreign bribery, but concerns remain about transparency and resources, says Phase 3 Report on Implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in the United Kingdom: Press release | Report (PDF - 754 kb)

Hungary has improved legal framework for fighting foreign bribery, but must do more to detect and prosecute, says Phase 3 Report on Implementing the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention in Hungary: Press release | Report (PDF - 722kb)

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 Journal: Financial Market Trends, Volume 2011 Supplement 1: Five Decades at the Heart of Financial Modernisation

-Related Party Transactions and Minority Shareholder Rights
-Identification and Quantification of the Proceeds of Bribery: Revised edition, February 2012: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Aid Effectiveness 2011 International Supoort to Post-Conflict Transition


Aid Effectiveness 2011: Progress in Implementing the Paris Declaration: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Support to Post-Conflict Transition: Rethinking Policy, Changing Practice: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary (PDF now available; printed book to come shortly)

Korea’s Low-Carbon Green Growth Strategy: OECD Development Centre Working Paper

OECD Development Centre on Twitter: Announcement

Forthcoming
-OECD Insights - From Aid to Development: The Global Fight against Poverty (formerly titled OECD Insights: Development and Aid): Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys Euro Area 2012 OECD Economic Surveys European Union 2012 OECD Economic Surveys Poland 2012


Bigger euro bailout fund needed to create space to boost growth, says OECD's Gurría on launch of OECD Economic Surveys: Euro Area 2012 and the European Union 2012: Press release | Book Announcement for Euro Area | Book annoucement for European Union | Euro Area book on Online Bookshop | European Union Book on Online Bookshop | Euro Area Book on OECD iLibrary | European Union Book on OECD iLibrary

Further reform needed to raise growth prospects says OECD Economic Surveys: Poland 2012: Press release | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD's Gurría comments on UK budget: Press release

OECD Secretary-General Gurría condemns attack in Toulouse: Press release

In Japan's footsteps: OECD Observer article

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:
-948:
Short-Term Gain or Pain? A DSGE Model-Based Analysis of the Short-Term Effects of Structural Reforms in Labour and Product Markets
-949:
The Short-Term Effects of Structural Reforms: an Empirical Analysis

Forthcoming
-OECD Economic Surveys: Korea 2012: Book listing
-Promoting Inclusive Growth: Challenges and Policies: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

How's life? OECD Observer article

Unit labour costs for OECD area rose by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2011: Press release

GDP to replace the IIP as reference series in OECD Composite Leading Indicators: Announcement

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EDUCATION

The Experience of New Teachers Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Finland Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care Slovak Republic


OECD launches creative education project to help revitalise Japan's Tohoku region: Announcement

The Experience of New Teachers: Results from TALIS 2008: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Finland should boost staff skills to improve its early childhood education and care services, says Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Finland 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Slovak Republic 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Ageing and Skills:  A Review and Analysis of Skill Gain and Skill Loss Over the Lifespan and Over Time: OECD Education Working Paper

How Are Girls Doing in School – and Women Doing in Employment – Around the World? Education Indicators in Focus

Higher education's crisis dividend: OECD Observer article

OECD Education Newsletter, March 2012 includes articles on preparing teachers and developing school leaders for the 21st century and skills: the global currency of the 21st century: Newsletter

Register Now! IMHE General Conference 2012: Announcement

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

Forthcoming

-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
-Learning beyond Fifteen: Ten Years after PISA: Book listing
-Preparing Teachers and Developing School Leaders for the 21st Century: Lessons from around the World: Book listing
-Public and Private Schools: How Management and Funding Relate to their Socio-economic Profile: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Portugal 2012: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Employment, Migration, Health and Social Affairs Newsletter, March-May 2012 includes an interesting graphic comparing genders in median earnings and interesting counry comparisons regarding inequality and health care: Newsletter

Income Distribution and Poverty in Russia: 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

Deploying Renewables


Deploying Renewables: Best and Future Policy Practice
print version now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Increasing the share of gas in its energy mix will benefit India’s energy security, says IEA Executive Director: Press release

Subsidy cuts show that renewable energy is coming of age: Article by the IEA Executive Director

IEA unveils new initiatives on sustainable energy policies and technologies in the buildings sector: Announcement

Toward a More Efficient and Innovative Electricity Sector in Russia: IEA Energy Paper

CCS Retrofit - Analysis of the Globally Installed Coal-Fired Power Plant Fleet: IEA Energy Paper

Spreading the Net: The Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency Improvements: IEA Energy Paper

Energy from the sun: OECD Observer article

Brazilian oil: Managing the resource boom: OECD Observer article

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

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Environment Ministers met 29-30 March 2012. See conference website for information on the outcome: Conference website | OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 on Online Bookshop | OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 on iLibrary

Adaptation and Innovation:  An Analysis of Crop Biotechnology Patent Data: OECD Environment Working Paper

Environmental Quality and Life Satisfaction :  Evidence Based on Micro-Data: OECD Environment Working Paper

Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean:  A Multi-Level Approach: Working paper

Waking up to climate change: OECD Observer article

Forthcoming:
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Germany 2012: Book listing

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HEALTH

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

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Selected indicators updated in Key ICT Indicators page: ICT Indicators

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Curium Management Studies in France, Japan and the USA: Report (PDF - 4.6 mb)

Burn-up Credit Criticality Safety Benchmark– Phase VII: UO2 Fuel: Study of Spent Fuel Compositions for Long-term Disposal: Report (PDF - 17.24 mb)

Full-cost recovery guidance documents for medical isotope producers: Webpage

Apply for the 12th session of the International School of Nuclear Law: Announcement

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Better Regulation in Europe: Italy OECD Territorial Reviews Smaland-Blekinge Sweden


Better Regulation in Europe: Italy 2012 print versions now available: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Territorial Reviews: Småland-Blekinge, Sweden 2012: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Journal on Budgeting, Volume 2012 Issue 1 includes articles on the Dutch fiscal consolidation package, public-private Partnerships in Canadian health care, budgeting in Montenegro and fiscal rules and regime-dependent fiscal reaction functions in South Africa: Subscribe to the OECD Journal | Issue on OECD iLibrary

Tell Me Who You Patent With and I’ll Tell You Who You Are:  Evidence from Inter-Regional Patenting Networks in Three Emerging Technological Fields: OECD Regional Development Working Paper

Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean:  A Multi-Level Approach: OECD Regional Development Working Paper

Forthcoming:
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 2: Promoting Integrity through Self-regulation
-OECD Territorial Reviews: Chihuahua, Mexico 2012
-OECD Integrity Review of Brazil: Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service: Book listing
-Better Regulation in Europe: Italy 2012: Book listing

-OECD Urban Policy Reviews, Korea 2012: Book listing
-Working Smarter in Revenue Administration: Book listing
-Redefining Urban: A New Way of Measuring Metropolitan Areas: Book listing
-Industrial Policy and Territorial Development: Lessons from Korea: Book listing
-Promoting Growth in All Regions: Book listing
-Stocktaking of Business Integrity and Anti-Bribery Legislation, Policies and Practices in Twenty African Countries: Book listing
-Compact City Policies: A Comparative Assessment: Book listing
-OECD Territorial Review: Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Region: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Tell Me Who You Patent With and I’ll Tell You Who You Are:  Evidence from Inter-Regional Patenting Networks in Three Emerging Technological Fields: OECD Regional Development Working Paper

Planning Guide for Public Engagement and Outreach in Nanotechnology: Report (PDF - 429 kb)

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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

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TAXATION

OECD to simplify transfer pricing rules: Press release

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

Trade Effects of Exchange Rates and their Volatility:  Chile and New Zealand: OECD Trade Policy Working Paper

Trade, Employment and Structural Change:  The Australian Experience: OECD Trade Policy Working Paper

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TRANSPORTATION

Global Freight Volumes Remain Stagnant: ITF Statistics Brief (PDF - 323 kb)

Register now for ITF's Annual Summit, to be held 2-4 May 2012 in Leipzig: ITF Annual Summit

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

Sell the Farm: Agriculture and Poverty Reduction
In 1972, French film maker Louis Malle spent several days interviewing people he met in a large square in Paris. The resulting documentary, Place de la République, provides a snapshot of a country undergoing profound changes as a result of the postwar boom. Another way of looking at this process and what governments can do to help is outlined in a new OECD publication  Agricultural Policies for Poverty Reduction, edited by Jonathan Brooks. Change can be seen as a four-phase process for the agricultural sector. Read more

OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050: We're all doomed
While we were launching the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050, a German TV crew was heading for the zoo in Limbach-Oberfrohna to film an earless rabbit, announced as the Next Big Thing after Paul the Psychic Octopus and Knut the polar bear cub. But the poor bunny turned out to be luckless too, since the cameraman stood on it and killed it. We shouldn’t try to read too much into this, but we will since it sums up so neatly the message of the latest Outlook: humans are causing serious and in some cases irreversible harm to nature. Read more

How slow will China go?
You can sum up the hottest question on China’s economic future in just four words: Hard or soft landing.Read more

Trade for growth
The OECD’s latest merchandise trade statistics provide further proof of tough times in the world economy, showing falls of 0.2% in imports to, and of 1.2% in exports from, G7 and BRIC countries in the fourth quarter of 2011. But the evidence shows that boosting trade is one of the surest drivers of sustainable growth around. Trade allows firms to expand and – through competition – accelerate innovation and productivity growth. That’s why the UK published its Trade and Investment White Paper in February 2011. One year on, as Trade Minister Stephen Green has underlined, we’re working hard to realise its goals, including through the OECD and its committees. Trade facilitation – rules to simplify import and export procedures – is one area where we should seek to make early progress. Read more

Price fixing
Queen Elizabeth sent her first email long before you did. I got that from one of those sites giving details of this day in history, according to which she sent it on March 26th 1976 from the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment. (The Ministry of War used real names in those days, whereas now RSRE is part of something that calls itself QinetiQ.) Anyway, I was looking to find some great OECD-related anniversary that I could write about (the first lip reading tournament held in America?) to justify not reporting on the Annual International Meeting on Transfer Pricing under the auspices of the Tax Treaty and Transfer Pricing Global Forum being held here today and tomorrow. Transfer pricing is important and interesting, it’s just that, as Brian Atwood, chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee noted in this post the other day, it’s one of those subjects that’s “founded on concepts that are both technically demanding and arduous to understand and implement”. In fact, delegates to the meeting will be working on how to simplify and streamline the process, since even the experts admit that the rules are complex. So what is transfer pricing and why does it matter? Read more



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