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5 DECEMBER 2012
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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

OECD Economic Outlook V2012 N2 Restoring Public Finances 2012 Development Co-operation Report 2012


Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2012, Issue 2 (preliminary edition): Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Restoring Public Finances: 2012 Update shows what OECD countries are doing to strengthen government finances: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Website with country profiles

Development Co-operation Report 2012: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

Happy birthday, OECD Observer! Announcement

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OECD Subscription Prices for 2013: Price list

New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2013: 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

World Wheat Price Volatility:  Selected Scenario Analyses: Working paper

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2012


OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Developments in the Value of Implicit Guarantees for Bank Debt: The Role of Resolution Regimes and Practices: Financial Market Trends article (PDF - 1.09 mb)

Business Models of Banks, Leverage, and the Distance-to-Default: Financial Market Trends article (PDF - 740 kb)

Competition and Commodity Price Volatility: Roundtable on Competition Policy (PDF - 10.1 mb)

News from the Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, November 2012: Newsletter

Forthcoming
-OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises
-Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2012: Mediation and Consensus Building: Book listing
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing

-OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas, Second Edition: Book listing
-OECD Insurance Statistics Yearbook 2011: Book listing


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DEVELOPMENT

Development Co-operation Report 2012


Development Co-operation Report 2012: Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Evaluating Peacebuilding Activities in Settings of Conflict and Fragility: Improving Learning for Results. PDF available now. Print version now available: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Erik Solheim elected to be next OECD Development Assistance Committee Chair: Announcement

Finland should honour its commitment to increase funding, focus on areas and countries where it can have the most impact, and improve the way it manages development co-operation. says DAC Peer Review: Announcement | Report (PDF - 1.85 mb)

What Drives Tax Morale? Working paper

Forthcoming
-Tax and Development: Aid Modalities for Strengthening Tax Systems: Book listing
-The Architecture of Development Assistance: Book listing
-Southeast Asian Economic Outlook 2013: Book listing




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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Outlook V2012 N2 OECD Economic Surveys: Spain 2012


Global economy facing hesitant and uneven recovery, says OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2012, Issue 2 (preliminary edition in PDF only - final print and PDF to come soon!): Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Spain has embarked on the path to recovery, but must continue with reforms, says OECD Economic Surveys: Spain 2012. PDF available now. Print edition to come soon! Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1001: Strengthening Innovation in the United States
-999:
Selected Aspects of Household Savings in Germany:  Evidence from Micro-Data

Forthcoming
-OECD Economic Surveys: Australia 2012
-OECD Economic Surveys: Luxembourg 2012: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Slovak Republic 2012: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys Sweden 2012
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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Accounts 2012 OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2012 Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis, V2012 N1


National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Accounts 2012. PDF now available. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD International Direct Investment Statistics 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Journal: Journal of Business Cycle Measurement and Analysis, Volume 2012 Issue 1 includes article on including transportation output in the coincident indcators system, measuring confidence and uncertainty, embedded frequency content of macroeconomic indicators, and the change in the Australian business cycle. Read and Share issue | Subscribe to the OECD Journal | View issue on OECD iLibrary

Approaches to Measuring the Stock of Human Capital: A Review of Country Practices: Working paper

OECD GDP growth steady at 0.2% in third quarter of 2012: Press release

Forthcoming:
-National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Balance Sheets 2012: Book listing
-National Accounts at a Glance 2013: Book listing
-Eurostat-OECD Methodological Manual on Purchasing Power Parities

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EDUCATION

Post-Secondary Vocational Education and Training


Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Post-Secondary Vocational Education and Training: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Luxembourg 2012: PDF available now. Print version now available! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Is Increasing Private Expenditure, Especially in Tertiary Education, Associated with Less Public Funding and Less Equitable Access? Education Indicators in Focus

How Do Immigrant Students Fare in Disadvantaged Schools? Pisa in Focus

Quality Assurance in Higher Education in Chile: Report (PDF - 922 kb)

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
-OECD Reviews of Vocational Education and Training: Skills beyond School Review of Switzerland: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Norway 2012: Book listing
-Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Sweden 2012: Book listing
-Financial Education in Schools: Policy Guidance, Challenges and Case Studies: Book listing
-Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Wroclaw, Poland: Book listing
-Trends Shaping Education 2013: Book listing
-Grade Expectations:How Marks and Education Policies Shape Students' Ambitions: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Posst-Secondary Vocational Education and Training


Progress made on immigrant integration but more efforts needed on education and jobs, says Settling In: OECD Indicators of Immigrant Integration 2012: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

A rise in workers with degrees and permanent contracts is reducing the wage gap, says The Determinants of Earnings Inequality: Evidence from Quantile Regressions: Read and Share | OECD Economic Studies Article on OECD iLibrary

An Overview of Australia’s System of Income and Employment Assistance for the Unemployed: Working paper

Helping Displaced Workers Back Into Jobs After a Natural Disaster:  Recent Experiences in OECD Countries: Working paper

Trends in Job Skill Demands in OECD Countries: Working paper

Forthcoming
-Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now: Book listing
-Activating Jobseekers: How Australia Does It: Book listing
-Mental Health and Work: Belgium: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy and Climate Policy: Bending the Energy Trajectory Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Australia 2012 Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Korea 2012


Energy and Climate Policy: Bending the Technology Trajectory: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

EA welcomes Australia’s efforts to transition to low-carbon economy in Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Australia 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA applauds Korea's green growth strategy in Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Korea 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

CO2 Emissions from Fuel Combustion 2012. Print edition now available. Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

IEA test-drives the Parisian electric car-sharing system: Press release

Nordics and IEA collaborate on paths to a carbon-neutral energy system by 2050: Press release

Tapping technology and efficiency to secure a clean energy future: Article

25 Bright Ideas from the IEA's 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations: Press release

Forthcoming
-Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Book listing
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

Energy and Climate Policy: Bending the Technology Trajectory Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean


Energy and Climate Policy: Bending the Technology Trajectory: Policy Brief | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Better governance can improve access, says Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Multi-Level Approach: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Africa: Working paper

Mobilising Investment in Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Working paper

Sustainable Materials Management: Making Better Use of Resources highlights the benefits of a 'green' cradle-to-grave approach. Print version now available! Press release | Book announcement | Policy Brief | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD helps countries track and secure climate finance and boost green infrastructure investment and low-carbon technologies: Press release

OECD Work on Financing Climate Change Action: Brochure (PDF - 4.32 mb)

Projecting Emissions Baselines for National Climate Policy: Options for Guidance to Improve Transparency: Report (PDF - 772 kb)

Making Markets: Unpacking Design and Governance of Carbon Market Mechanisms: Report (PDF - 805 kb)

Forthcoming:
-OECD Insights: Water: Book listing
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Mexico 2013: Book listing
-Electricity in a Climate-Constrained World: Book listing
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing
-Making Water Reform Happen in Mexico: Book listing

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HEALTH

Health at a Glance: Asia / Pacific 2012


Asia/Pacific countries are committing more resources to improving health care quality, says Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2012: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Health spending in Europe falls for the first time in decades, says Health at a Glance: Europe 2012: Print edition now available! Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Model Development Issues When Forecasting Health Expenditures: Report (PDF - 275 kb)

Strengthening Health Information Infrastructure: Update on OECD work

Forthcoming
-Waiting Time Policies in the Health Sector: What Works: Book listing

-Mental Health and Work: Belgium: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

The Role of the 2002 OECD Security Guidelines: Towards Cybersecurity for an Open and Interconnected Economy: Working paper

Terms of Reference for the Review of the OECD Guidelines for the Security of Information Systems and Networks: Working paper

Cybersecurity Policy Making at a Turning Point: Analysing a New Generation of National Cybersecurity Strategies for the Internet Economy: Working paper

Non-governmental Perspectives on a New Generation of National Cybersecurity Strategies: Working paper

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Low-Carbon systems of the future must take system costs into account, says Nuclear Energy and Renewables: System Effects in Low-carbon Electricity Systems: Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

NEA Monthly News Bulletin: Newsletter

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PUBLIC MANAGEMENT

Restoring Public Finances 2012 Public Sector Compensation in Times of Austerity OECD Integrity Review of Brazil


Restoring Public Finances: 2012 Update shows what OECD countries are doing to strengthen government finances: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary | Website with country profiles

Public Sector Compensation in Times of Austerity: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Integrity Review of Brazil: Managing Risks for a Cleaner Public Service: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Better governance can improve access, says Water Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Multi-Level Approach: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Fiscal consolidation: What factors determine the success of consolidation efforts? Read and Share | OECD Economic Studies article on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming:
-Better Regulation in Europe: Greece 2012: Book listing
-Brazil's Supreme Audit Institution: The Audit of the Consolidated Year-end Government Report: Book listing

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SCIENCE , TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Forthcoming:
-Transferable Skills Training for Researchers: Supporting Career Development and Research: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Forthcoming
-SME Policy Index: Western Balkans and Turkey 2012: Book listing
-New Entrepreneurs and High Performance Enterprises in the Middle East and North Africa: Book listing

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TAXATION

Revenue Statistics 2012 Consumption Tax Trends 2012


Tax revenues rising slowly across the OECD, says Revenue Statistics 2012: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Consumption Tax Trends 2012: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD meets with business commentators on Transfer Pricing Guidelines discussion drafts on Intangibles, Safe Harbours and Timing Issues: Announcement

Forthcoming:
-Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital 2010: Full Electronic Version (eMTC)
On USB Flash Memory Key: Listing

-Tax and Development: Book listing
-Inventory of Estimated Budgetary Support and Tax Expenditures for Fossil Fuels 2013: Book listing

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TRADE

OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2012, Issue2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country


OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2012 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country: PDF now available. Print edition to come soon! Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Merchandise trade continues to slow in third quarter of 2012: Press release

Monthly Export Credit Interest Rate Update: Website

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TRANSPORTATION

Apply Now for the 2013 Young Transport Researcher of the Year Award: Press release

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

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Post-Secondary Vocational Education and Training


Higher Education in Regional and City Development: Post-Secondary Vocational Education and Training: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Promoting Growth in All Regions: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG

“The global economy is weakening again”
If you’ve been following economic events over the past five years, the headline on this posting – which is also the opening line from the OECD’s latest Economic Outlook – won’t surprise you. In the wake of the financial crisis, a pattern has emerged: global recovery is weak, doesn’t last long, and soon gives way to a slowdown if not outright recession.A major factor behind this latest slowdown is a loss of confidence, and that in turn is being fuelled in part by events on either side of the Atlantic. In Europe, despite progress in creating systems to shore up the euro, governments still have some way to go before finally fixing the single currency. In the United States, legislators have until only the end of next month to steer away from the “fiscal cliff”. Tipping over the edge would automatically raise taxes and cut government spending. Read more

Climate: The Doha Round
Bob Dylan’s new album gets released. Another Star Trek film gets released. Lindsay Lohan gets released. All major events at one time, in certain media anyway, but now nobody really cares that much. I get the impression it’s the same with the COP climate conference. Who can remember what it did after the Kyoto Protocol? Where and when was the last one? Where and when is the next one? The answers to the last two questions are Durban last year and Doha today.  Any media coverage tends to be about the fact that it’s in Qatar which, as even the state-sponsored Al Jazeera admits, has the worst CO2 emissions rate per person in the world: 53.4 tonnes a year, three times more than the US. So what is COP 18 hoping to achieve? Read more

Over there, but helping out over here
Planned next year’s holiday yet? If not, how about Ireland? Along with all the usual attractions – greenery, Guinness, a friendly welcome, rain – Ireland in 2013 is promising to “open its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities”. This year of arm opening, which goes by the slightly spooky name of The Gathering, is targeted mainly at Irish emigrants and their descendants. In Ireland’s case, that’s a lot of people. The country has a population of just 4.5 million, but at least another 630,000 Irish-born people live abroad. The number jumps when you include second-generation Irish, and hits the stratosphere when you count emigrants’ descendants: In the United States alone, more than 34 million people claimed Irish descent in the 2000 census. Emigrants, often ignored or forgotten in the past, are now seen as a valuable resource – and not just as a source of remittances. Read more

From Guns to Ploughshares: Reducing armed violence
Film fans may be aware that Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond has the highest body count of any Bond ever (an average of 33.9 kills per film). But in the real world, few of us have such an accurate picture of armed violence. For instance, many would be surprised to learn that El Salvador has been the deadliest country in recent history. In fact, between 2004 and 2009 more people per capita were killed in El Salvador than in Iraq. Jamaica follows closely in third place, according to the Global Burden of Armed Violence 2011. While casualties of war often grab headlines, they only represent 10% of the 526,000 lives lost annually as the direct result of armed violence around the world. Crime is the biggest driver of violent killing, and armed violence in post-conflict settings, such as El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala, can sometimes surpass levels seen during actual periods of conflict. Read more

Cybersecurity: Managing risks for greater opportunities
Cyber attacks are “as dangerous as conventional warfare”, according to German Chancellor Merkel. “One of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face”, says US President Barack Obama. And France considers that it will face a large scale cyber attack against national infrastructure in the next 15 years. The stakes are high. Read more

 

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