Publications


  • 15-September-2012

    English

    Mexico: Better Policies for Inclusive Development

    Drawing on the OECD’s expertise in comparing country experiences and identifying best practices, this book tailors the OECD’s policy advice to the specific and timely priorities of Mexico, focusing on how its government can make reform happen.

  • 15-September-2012

    English

    Italy: Reviving Growth and Productivity

    Drawing on the OECD’s expertise in comparing country experiences and identifying best practices, this book tailors the OECD’s policy advice to the specific and timely priorities of Italy, focusing on how its government can make reform happen.

  • 14-September-2012

    English

    Nuclear Fuel Safety Criteria Technical Review (Second Edition)

    Most of the current nuclear fuel safety criteria were established during the 1960s and early 1970s. Although these criteria were validated against experiments with fuel designs available at that time, a number of tests were based on unirradiated fuels. Additional verification was performed as these designs evolved, but mostly with the aim of showing that the new designs adequately complied with existing criteria, and not to establish new limits.

    In 1996, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) reviewed existing fuel safety criteria, focusing on new fuel and core designs, new cladding materials and industry manufacturing processes. The results were published in the Nuclear Fuel Safety Criteria Technical Review of 2001. The NEA has since re-examined the criteria. A brief description of each criterion and its rationale are presented in this second edition, which will be of interest to both regulators and industry (fuel vendors, utilities).

  • 12-septembre-2012

    Français

    Invention et transfert de technologies environnementales

    Mieux comprendre la relation entre action publique et innovation environnementale est indispensable pour concevoir des politiques environnementales écologiquement efficaces et économiquement efficientes. Or on ne dispose guère d’éléments concrets pour ce faire. Pour tenter de combler cette lacune, cette série de publications rassemble les résultats d’un certain nombre de projets entrepris par la Direction de l’environnement de l’OCDE et analyse le lien entre politique de l’environnement et innovation.

    Le présent ouvrage est une compilation d’études empiriques consacrées aux effets des politiques d’environnement sur la création et la diffusion d’innovations visant à réduire l’impact environnemental des modes de production et de consommation.
     

  • 4-September-2012

    English

    Mangoes

    This brochure is published within the framework of the Scheme for the Application of International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables established by OECD in 1962. It comprises explanatory notes and illustrations to facilitate the uniform interpretation of the current mango standard. This updated brochure illustrates the revised standard text on mangoes. It demonstrates the quality parameters on high quality photographs. Thus it is a valuable tool for the inspection authorities, professional bodies and traders interested in international trade in mangoes. The brochure is available in electronic format only.

  • 3-septembre-2012

    Français

    Évaluation des risques environnementaux pour la santé des enfants

    La réduction des risques environnementaux a-t-elle plus de valeur lorsqu’il s’agit d’enfants que lorsqu’il s’agit d’adultes ? Et si oui, quelles sont les conséquences pour l’action des pouvoirs publics ? Produit final du projet sur l’évaluation des impacts sur la santé liés à l’environnement (VERHI), ce rapport expose les résultats de nouveaux travaux de recherche consacrés à cette importante question de politique de l’environnement.

    Les auteurs présentent des estimations de la VVS (valeur d’une vie statistique) des enfants et des adultes qui sont produites sur la base de nouvelles approches méthodologiques de l’évaluation de la santé des enfants. Ces travaux se distinguent par la dimension internationale des enquêtes (réalisées en Italie, en République tchèque et au Royaume-Uni) et par un travail approfondi de mise au point.

    Les résultats du projet sont multiples : deux nouveaux instruments d’enquête reposant sur des approches méthodologiques différentes ; de nouvelles estimations de la VVS des adultes et des enfants ; une analyse des effets du contexte et d’autres facteurs sur les préférences en matière de risques ; des moyens originaux de présenter les risques, dont divers supports visuels ; et des enseignements qui permettent de dégager des pistes intéressantes en vue de nouvelles études.

  • 24-August-2012

    English

    Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies - Selected Methodological Issues and Case Studies

    Governments are increasingly aware of the importance of monitoring and evaluating their policies − including agri-environmental policies − and are devoting efforts to strengthening their monitoring and evaluation systems and capacities. They aim to improve their performance by establishing evidence-based policy-making, evidence-based management and evidence-based accountability, which will help to improve the design and implementation of policies. Have agri-environmental and agricultural policies, including cross-compliance  and environmental regulations, succeeded in meeting environmental objectives for agriculture in OECD countries (and selected non-OECD countries)? What is the role for governments to encourage farmers to deliver environmental public goods? The report includes a selection papers presented at the OECD Workshop on Evaluation of Agri-environmental Policies, held 20-22 June 2011 in Braunschweig, Germany.
  • 21-August-2012

    English

    A Framework for Financing Water Resources Management

    A lack of finance for water resources management is a primary concern for most OECD countries. This is exacerbated in the current fiscal environment of tight budgets and strong fiscal consolidation, as public funding provides the lion’s share of financial resources for water management.

    The report provides a framework for policy discussions around financing water resources management that are taking place at local, basin, national, or transboundary levels. The report goes beyond the traditional focus on financing water supply and sanitation to examine the full range of water management tasks that governments have to fulfill; when appropriate, a distinction is made on distinctive water issues.

    The report identifies four principles (Polluter Pays, Beneficiary Pays, Equity, Policy Coherence), which have to be combined. In addition, it identifies five empirical issues, which have to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. Finally, it sketches a staged approach that governments might wish to consider, to assess the financial status of their water policies and to design robust financial strategies for water management. Case studies provide illustrations of selected instruments and how they can be used to finance water resources management.    

  • 21-August-2012

    English

    Livestock Diseases - Prevention, Control and Compensation Schemes

    This report is an overview of the management of risk due to livestock diseases, a potentially catastrophic type of risk that can have strong external effects given its links to the food chain and to human health. Animal disease, primarily in farmed livestock, has long been a policy concern for food safety reasons and the high economic losses it can engender. The globalisation of trade and human movement, and sensitivities to food safety, enhance the relevance and complexity of disease control for terrestrial livestock. Outbreaks – or even rumours of an outbreak – can result in widespread consumer alarm, disruption of trade, and severe effects on incomes, not to mention the human cost of illnesses and deaths arising from animal disease.
  • 17-August-2012

    English

    OECD Territorial Reviews: The Chicago Tri-State Metropolitan Area, United States 2012

    The OECD Territorial Review of the Chicago Tri-State metropolitan area, the first of its kind conducted by the OECD in the United States, assesses the region’s capacity to contribute effectively to regional and national economic performance and quality of life. The Review focuses on four thematic policy issues: i) the effectiveness and coordination of workforce development programmes in the Chicago Tri-State metro-region; ii) the metro-region’s capacity for innovation; iii) its role as a major centre for logistics in North America; and (iv) its capacity to encourage green growth over the long term. The review also focuses on the state of region-wide institutional collaboration and offers a vision for effective tri-state region-wide stakeholder engagement.  
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