Policy Briefs

  • 29-September-2017

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    Latvia Policy Brief: Strengthening the education and skills system of Latvia

    Concerted efforts are necessary to ensure equal opportunities for all students throughout the education lifecycle, including through more generous and targeted grants for low-income students at vocational and tertiary education levels.

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  • 30-June-2017

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    Belgium Policy Brief: Helping low-educated young people who are at risk of being left behind

    13.5% of those aged 15-29 are not in employment, education or training (NEET) in Belgium. This is a structural phenomenon with young people without upper secondary education especially at risk: they are six times as likely to be NEET in their late twenties than their university-educated peers.

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  • 30-June-2017

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    Slovakia Policy Brief: Strengthening the education and skills system of the Slovak Republic

    Concerted efforts are needed to improve the quality and relevance of skills developed throughout the education and training system – from early childhood all the way through school, vocational and tertiary education to adult learning.

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  • 19-April-2017

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    Reforming Brazil’s pension system

    Brazil’s old-age pensions have reduced old-age poverty below OECD levels, but pension expenditures of 8.2% of GDP are expected to rise rapidly as the population ages. A pension reform is necessary to ensure the financial sustainability of the system.

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  • 20-April-2016

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    Skills in Ibero-America: Insights from PISA 2012

    Despite the progress observed by PISA over the last decade, Latin American education systems still have a long way to go to reach world class standards. Ibero-American countries will also need to rethink their instructional system to better anticipate the knowledge and skills it will need to reignite its economy.

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  • 31-March-2016

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    Greece Policy Brief: Equipping the Young with Sufficient Basic Skills to Succeed in Life

    PISA results show that Greece is not equipping its young people with the basic skills they need to compete in today’s world economy.

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  • 31-January-2016

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    Israel Policy Brief: Improving Vocational Education and Training for More Equity and Growth

    Israel’s economy is threatened by a series of serious skills shortages arising from a retirement wave among highly-skilled migrants.

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  • 15-December-2015

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    Brazil Policy Brief: Developing Skills and Education for Growth

    On a number of measures, Brazil’s performance in recent years has been remarkable. But Brazil still has a long way to travel to close the gap with OECD countries and to ensure all students leave school with the skills needed for life and work.

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  • 31-July-2015

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    South Africa Policy Brief: Improving the Quality and Relevance of Skills

    South Africa has made impressive progress in improving access to education, but persistent inequities and poor education quality lead to low education outcomes.

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  • 11-June-2015

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    Slovenia Policy Brief: Enhancing Skills to Support Productivity Growth

    Better investment in skills would help Slovenia to realise the potential of advanced technology and give a new impetus to the recently stalled growth in productivity.

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