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This report provides a brief overview of recent trends in global trade and investment flows, deals with trade and trade-related measures and investment and investment-related measures. It was prepared in response to the request of the G20 to the WTO, together with other international bodies, within their respective mandates, to monitor and report publicly on G20 adherence to undertakings on "resisting protectionism and promoting
This book studies the infringement of copyrighted content (such as music, films, software, broadcasting, books, etc.) where the end product does not involve the use of hard media, such as CDs and DVDs.
This report examines the impact of the global economic downturn on the long-term competitiveness of the automotive and construction sectors and explores the role of government policy in generating restructuring and renewal.
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This report reviews drivers of and barriers to internationalisation of SMEs and offers deeper understanding of the measures aimed at addressing top barriers.
This publication explores the success of major innovation and entrepreneurship clusters in OECD countries, the challenges they now face in sustaining their positions and the lessons for other places seeking to build successful clusters. What are the key factors for cluster success? What problems are emerging on the horizon? Which is the appropriate role of the public sector in supporting the expansion of clusters and overcoming the obstacles?
The book addresses these and other issues, analysing seven internationally reputed clusters in depth: Grenoble in France, Vienna in Austria, Waterloo in Canada, Dunedin in New Zealand, Medicon Valley in Scandinavia, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom, and Madison, Wisconsin, in the United States. For each cluster, it looks at the factors that have contributed to its growth, the impact of the cluster on local entrepreneurship performance, and the challenges faced for further expansion. It also puts forward a set of policy recommendations geared to the broader context of cluster development.
This publication is essential reading for policy makers, practitioners and academics wishing to obtain good practices in cluster development and guidance on how to enhance the economic impact of clusters.
The impact of the global crisis on SMEs and entrepreneurs’ access to finance and present strategies so far adopted by governments to deal with the problem is analysed in this report.
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As part of the Freedom of Investment (FOI) project, the OECD keeps track of investment policy developments. This report provides policy information collected under the FOI project and covers all economies invited to the Trade and Investment session of the 2009 OECD Ministerial Meeting. All governments covered in the report had an opportunity to comment, as well as WTO, UNCTAD and IMF.
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The OECD Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship carried out a study to provide guidelines for evaluating programs with the aim to strengthen the culture of evaluation within entrepreneurship education.
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Building a workable framework for international investment policy requires developing a mutually-understood vocabulary for key policy terms. This fact-finding study, prepared in support of discussions at a March 2009 “Freedom of Investment” Roundtable hosted at the OECD, explores the meaning of three terms – essential security interests, public order and national security – that are used frequently in international policy dialogue,
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This report provides practical reference regarding the options available to those (in industry, academia, or government) who wish to strengthen links between academic mathematics and industry.