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  • 20-June-2016

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    Equations and Inequalities - Making Mathematics Accessible to All

    More than ever, students need to engage with mathematical concepts, think quantitatively and analytically, and communicate using mathematics. All these skills are central to a young person’s preparedness to tackle problems that arise at work and in life beyond the classroom. But the reality is that many students are not familiar with basic mathematics concepts and, at school, only practice routine tasks that do not improve their ability to think quantitatively and solve real-life, complex problems.

    How can we break this pattern? This report, based on results from PISA 2012, shows that one way forward is to ensure that all students spend more “engaged” time learning core mathematics concepts and solving challenging mathematics tasks. The opportunity to learn mathematics content – the time students spend learning mathematics topics and practising maths tasks at school – can accurately predict mathematics literacy. Differences in students’ familiarity with mathematics concepts explain a substantial share of performance disparities in PISA between socio-economically advantaged and disadvantaged students. Widening access to mathematics content can raise average levels of achievement and, at the same time, reduce inequalities in education and in society at large.

  • 17-June-2016

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    Soft skills for the future

    The demand for soft skills is increasing, and recent evidence suggests that the supply does not seem to keep up. The benefits from further development of these skills go beyond better labour market outcomes, as soft skills have been shown to contribute to overall well-being.

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  • 16-June-2016

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    System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: June 2016

    Growth in OECD Unit Labour Costs slows to 0.5% in the first quarter of 2016

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  • 15-June-2016

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  • 13-June-2016

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    A more skilled population ahead: age or cohort effects?

    A more skilled population ahead: age or cohort effects? Evidence from PIAAC and the differences in policies approach.

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  • 9-June-2016

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    Harmonised Unemployment Rates (HURs), OECD - Updated: June 2016

    OECD unemployment rate stable at 6.4% in April 2016

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  • 7-June-2016

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    Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Europe 2016

    The OECD series Recruiting Immigrant Workers comprises country studies of labour migration policies. Each volume analyses whether migration policy is being used effectively and efficiently to help meet labour needs, without adverse effects on labour markets. It focuses mainly on regulated labour migration movements over which policy has immediate and direct oversight. This particular volume looks at the efficiency of European Union instruments for managing labour migration.

  • 7-June-2016

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    Europe is underachieving in the global competition for talent

    The European Union should reform its legal labour migration policies to get its fair share of the global talent pool, according to a new report published by the OECD.

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  • 3-June-2016

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    Tax incentives and skills: A cautionary tale about the risk of complexity

    Tax incentives are used widely across OECD countries to incentivise individuals to invest in education and training, but are they effective? Recent evidence from the USA highlights the risk of creating overly complex systems in which the embedded incentives are no longer fully understood by individuals. This carries an important lesson for other countries in designing their own tax measures for skills investments.

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  • 2-June-2016

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    Making better use of skills and migration in Poland

    To continue catching up with living standards in other OECD countries Poland needs to invest in higher skills.

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