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  • Education: Most teenagers happy but schoolwork anxiety and bullying remain an issue

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    19 April 2017

    Students who feel part of a school community and enjoy good relations with their parents and teachers are more likely to perform better academically, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of students’ well-being. The survey recommends that both parents and teachers need to be involved in school planning and responses to bullying.

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  • Economy: Japan should boost inclusive growth to help address demographic and fiscal challenges

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    13 April 2017

    OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría discusses the OECD Economic Survey of Japan with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Tokyo, 13 April 2017. Japan’s economy has gained momentum, with “Abenomics” playing a key role, but the new survey warns that more needs to be done to underpin inclusive growth and well-being amid debt and demographic pressures.

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  • Development: Development aid reaches new peak but flows to poorest countries dip

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    11 April 2017

    Development aid reached a new peak of USD 142.6 billion in 2016, a real increase of 8.9% from 2015. A rise in aid spent on refugees in donor countries helped boost the total, according to the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). Bilateral aid to the least-developed countries fell by 3.9% from 2015, and aid to Africa fell 0.5%.

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  • Tax: Tax rates on labour income continue slow decline

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    11 April 2017

    Taxes on labour income for the average worker across the OECD continued to decrease for the third consecutive year during 2016, dropping to 36% of labour costs, according to a new OECD report. Taxing Wages 2017 also finds that taxes on families with children are generally lower than taxes on single earners.

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  • Counterfeit trade: One in five mobile phones shipped abroad is fake

    28 March 2017

    Nearly one in five mobile phones shipped internationally is fake, as a growing trade in counterfeit IT and communications goods weighs on consumers, manufacturers and public finances. An OECD report, Trade in Counterfeit Goods, finds that batteries, chargers, memory cards, video game consoles and music players are also being counterfeited.

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  • OECD Better Life Index

    What’s important for your well-being? Create your Better Life Index or see how your country fares based on OECD quality of life indicators such as education, health and civic engagement. Share what’s important to you and explore what matters most to users from around the world.

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  • Putting patients at the centre of healthcare

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    OECD Observer No 309 spotlight asks how to improve our health systems in the face of rising costs and challenges such as antimicrobial resistance, complex patients, smart technology, data protection, and more. It also looks at gender, pensions, inequality in Sweden, China, as well as news, data, reviews, blogs, speeches, calendars and a crossword.

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