(Video) - Thanks to a major overhaul of its school system, Poland has dramatically reduced the numbers of poorly performing students in the last 10 years. Though Poland spends less than half of what richer countries like the United States and Norway spend on education, it achieves similar results.
The unique OECD peer review process has helped improve public policy. It assesses how countries manage the design, adoption and enforcement of regulations according to a conceptual framework. It ensures comparability while taking account of institutional and cultural differences across countries.
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This volume combines an analysis of PISA with a description of the policies and practices of those education systems that are close to the top or advancing rapidly, in order to offer insights for policy from their reform trajectories.
Increasing the share of vocational secondary schooling has been a mainstay of development policy for decades, especially in formerly socialist countries. However, the transition to market economies led to restructuring of school systems and a decline in the number of vocational students.
The rapid growth of entrepreneurship and small firms has been one of the greatest successes in post-Communist transformation in Poland. SMEs have greatly contributed to employment, investment and value added in the Polish economy. However, key barriers to further growth remain in the business environment for SMEs and entrepreneurs. This book sets out the current SME and entrepreneurship climate, reviews SME and entrepreneurship issues and policies at national and local levels, and provides observations and recommendations for improving and supporting entrepreneurship and SMEs in Poland.
The paper focuses on the major structural reforms necessary to prepare for euro adoption that should allow a sustainable fulfilment of the Maastricht criteria and maximisation of the ensuing various benefits.
The OECD encourages Poland to strengthen its development co-operation policy, set a clear path for aid increases and move from small-scale aid projects to multi-year aid programmes.
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This note is taken from Chapter 3 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2010.
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Presentation of child well-being indicators in Poland compared to selected OECD countries, policies for the under age 3’s, effects of sole-parenthood on child outcomes, intergenerational inequality and policy recommendations to enhance child well-being.
The OECD and the European Investment Bank have agreed to share their expertise in support of economic co-operation and sustainable development. OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría and EIB President Philippe Maystadt signed a co-operation agreement to that effect today in Paris.