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Across OECD countries, close to 40% of high-school students who come top in science subjects have no interest in pursuing a science-related career, while almost 45% do not want to continue studying science, according to a new OECD report.
The financial crisis heightens the risks associated with domestic macroeconomic imbalances, but responding to short-term challenges should not detract policy makers from the long-term goals of raising productivity growth and improving efficiency in the health sector.
Country Notes from OECD Economic Policy Reforms: Going for growth 2011 presenting OECD recommendations for structural reform priorities for individual countries.
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External links to: recent economic data; current interest rates and exchange rates; latest macroeconomic reports; current outlook and projections; government budget information; speeches; relevant sites.
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This note, taken from Chapter 3 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2009, contains information about the progress in implementing reforms in line with the 2008 priorities for New Zealand.
Two companion volumes focusing on the improvement of school leadership. Volume 1 provides a range of policy options to help governments improve school leadership. Volume 2 examines measures taken in five countries.
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Links to sites from New Zealand on agri-environmental issues.
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Agri-environmental indicators for New Zealand and data on the environmental performance of New Zealand agriculture. Extract from the publication Environmental Performance of Agriculture in OECD Countries since 1990 (2008).
Macroeconomic imbalances, along with the present reversals in global risk appetite and credit availability, present a risk of sudden and costly macroeconomic adjustments.
Trends in demography, technology and costs will exert mounting and unaffordable pressures on health spending, underlining the need to control health care costs and to put limits on public coverage.