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OECD Publishing News Employment Science & Technology
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HIGHLIGHTS

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Measuring the Digital Economy answers the question, who uses the internet and for what? Video | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Economic stagnation compounds demographic pressure on pension systems, says OECD Pensions Outlook 2014: Press release | Book Announcement with Powerpoint | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Latin American Economic Outlook 2015: Education, Skills and Innovation for Development: Press release | Website | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

As of 2:20 GMT on December 1, the 10 millionth content item was was downloaded from the OECD iLibrary in 2014. A user in Japan accessed a graph from a recently published study on education. This is the first time OECD iLibrary has reached this milestone within a year's period. Further testimony to the use of the site is the wide geographical coverage. So far in 2014, OECD iLibrary has been accessed by users from 238 countries and territories.

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OECD Subscription Prices for 2015: Price list

New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2015: Catalogue

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OECD iLibrary is now available at over 2000 institutions in more than 100 countries. See the list by country

OECD iLibrary: Brochure

New features of the OECD iLibrary will be demoed and new publications will be on exhibit at the following events in the coming months:

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THE COMMONWEALTH

Sequencing the Implementation of Obligations in WTO Negotiations: Working paper

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

International Standards for Fruits and Vegetables: Shallots


International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables: Shallots: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

New Draft Framework for Analysing Policies to Improve Agricultural Productivity Growth, Sustainably: New Draft Framework (PDF -18 pages)

Forthcoming
-OECD Review of Fisheries: Country Statistics 2014: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKET

OECD Pensions Outlook 2014 Pensions at a Glance 2014: Latin America and the Caribbean
Mortality Assumptions and Longevity Risk


Economic stagnation compounds demographic pressure on pension systems, says OECD Pensions Outlook 2014: Press release | Book Announcement with Powerpoint | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Pensions at a Glance 2014: Latin America and the Caribbean: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Mortality Assumptions and Longevity Risk: Implications for Pension Funds and Annuity Providers: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Spain has strong measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing but improvements needed, says FATF Mutual Evaluation of Spain: Press release | Report (PDF - 202 pages)

Annual reports by competition agencies on recent developments: Webpage

Competition Law and Policy in Costa Rica: Peer Review Report: Announcement with link to full report

International Investment News, December 2014 includes latest FDI figures: Webpage

Risk-Based Approach for the Banking Sector: Guidance for reducing money laundering and terrorist financing risk: FATF Guidance Report (PDF - 50 pages)

Forthcoming
-Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2014: Responsible Business Conduct by Sector: Book listing
-Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Book listing
-Mapping Channels to Mobilise Institutional Investment in Sustainable Energy: Book listing
-OECD Institutional Investors Statistics 2014: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Latin American Economic Outlook 2015 Development Co-operation Peer Review Ireland 2014


Better education and skills are key to shift the economy up a gear, says Latin American Economic Outlook 2015: Education, Skills and Innovation for Development: Press release | Website with country notes | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Ireland focusing its development aid on neediest countries, says Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Ireland 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

DAC News, December 2014 includes articles on climate and the redefinition of ODA, statistics on climate-related finance, how to mobilise climate finance and investment, green growth in Southeast Asia, regional perspectives on aid for trade, and making the right decisions on behalf of the world's poorest. Newsletter

Development Finance Statistics for Climate Change: Website

Forthcoming
-Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel: Geography, Economics, Security: Book listing

-Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia China and India 2015: Book listing
-Multi-Dimensional Review of Myanmar, Volume 2: In-Depth Analysis and Recommendations: Book listing
-OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: United Kingdom 2014: Book listing
-African Central Government Debt 2014: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

Do environmental policies matter for productivity growth? New indicator Also see working paper 1776 below.

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1142: Trade Patterns in the 2060 World Economy
-1175:
Making Economic Growth more Socially Inclusive in Germany
-1776: Do Environmental Policies Matter for Productivity Growth? Insights from New Cross-Country Measures of Environmental Policies
-1177: Measuring Environmental Policy Stringency in OECD Countries: A Composite Index Approach
-1178: The Indicators of the Economic Burdens of Environmental Policy Design Results from the OECD Questionnaire
-1179: Empirical Evidence on the Effects of Environmental Policy Stringency on Productivity Growth

Forthcoming:
-All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Australia 2014: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Estonia 2015: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Mexico 2015: Book listing
-OECD Economic Outlook, Volume 2014 Issue 2, Print edition: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Main Economic Indicators December 2014 International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 5


Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2014 Issue 12: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | Issue on OECD iLibrary | Database on OECD iLibrary

International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 5: Chile, Estonia, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, OECD Total, EU28-Extra: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | Issue on OECD iLibrary | Database on OECD iLibrary

Composite leading indicators point to continued loss of growth momentum in Europe: Press release

OECD unemployment rate at 7.2% in October 2014: Press release

G20 GDP growth picks up to 0.9% in the third quarter of 2014: Press release

Forthcoming
-Eurostat-OECD Methodological Guide for Developing Producer Price Indices for Services, Second Edition: Book listing

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EDUCATION

New Insights from TALIS 2013 A Skills beyond School Review of Kazakhstan


New Insights from TALIS 2013: Teaching and Learning in Primary and Upper Secondary Education: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

A Skills beyond School Review of Kazakhstan: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Implementation of a New School Supervision System in Poland: Working paper

What TALIS Reveals About Teachers Across Education Levels: Teaching in Focus

Does homework perpetuate inequities in education? PISA in Focus

PISA 2012 Technical Report: Website

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt: Book listing
-Education Policy Outlook 2015: Making Reforms Happen: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

OECD Pensions Outlook 2014 Pensions at a Glance 2014: Latin America and the Caribbean


Economic stagnation compounds demographic pressure on pension systems, says OECD Pensions Outlook 2014: Press release | Book Announcement with Powerpoint | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Pensions at a Glance 2014: Latin America and the Caribbean: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Inequality hurts economic growth, says "Trends in Income Inequality and its Impact on Economic Growth": Press release | Working paper | Policy Brief

Income inequality and poverty: Webpage

Forthcoming
-All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen: Book listing
-Recruiting Immigrant Workers: Austria 2014: Book listing
-Back to Work: Japan: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy, Climate Change and Environment


Energy, Climate Change and Environment: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Weaker outlook for oil-exporting countries to trim 2015 demand growth, says Oil Market Report, December 2014: Newsletter

Forthcoming:
-Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Expanding Access to Clean Energy for Green Growth and Development: Book listing

-Mapping Channels to Mobilise Institutional Investment in Sustainable Energy: Book listing
-Energy Policies of IEA Countries: The United States 2014: Book listing
-Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2014: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

Energy, Climate Change and Environment


Energy, Climate Change and Environment: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Do Environmental Policies Matter for Productivity Growth? Insights from New Cross-Country Measures of Environmental Policies Working paper

Measuring Environmental Policy Stringency in OECD Countries: A Composite Index Approach Working paper

The Indicators of the Economic Burdens of Environmental Policy Design: Results from the OECD Questionnaire Working paper

Empirical Evidence on the Effects of Environmental Policy Stringency on Productivity Growth Working paper

OECD at UN Climate Change Conference in Lima (COP 20): Website

OECD QSAR Toolbox, Version 3.3: Announcement with link to toolbox

Genotoxicity of Manufactured Nanomaterials: Report of the OECD Expert Meeting: Report (PDF - 37 pages)

Forthcoming:
-Seine Basin, Île-de-France, 2014: Resilience to Major Floods: Book listing
-Biosafety and the Environmental Uses of Micro-Organisms: Book listing
-Mapping Channels to Mobilise Institutional Investment in Sustainable Energy: Book listing

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HEALTH

Health at a Glance: Europe 2014


Inequalities in health and access to quality care persist in Europe, says Health at a Glance: Europe 2014: Press release | Book announcement with links to country findings | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming:
-OECD Review of Health Care Quality: Italy 2014: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Measuring the Digital Economy


Measuring the Digital Economy answers the question, who uses the internet and for what? Video | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Director-General opens the Northeast Asia Nuclear Safety Symposium: Announcement

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3: Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying Open Government in Latin America Women in Public Life: Gender, Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa


Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3: Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Open Government in Latin America: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Women in Public Life: Gender, Law and Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Follow OECD public governance activities on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OECDgov

Forthcoming:
-Seine Basin, Île-de-France, 2014: Resilience to Major Floods Book listing

-OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia´s Audit System: Managing Risk in Public Institutions: Book listing
-Achieving Public Sector Agility at Times of Fiscal Consolidation: Book listing
-Kazakhstan: Review of the Central Administration: Book listing

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Measuring the Digital Economy


Measuring the Digital Economy answers the question, who uses the internet and for what? Video | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Steel Committee says excess capacity and trade friction risks cloud industry outlook: Press release | Statement

Papers presented at the OECD Technology Foresight Forum 2014 - The Internet of Things, held 11 December 2014: Webpage

Forthcoming:
-Research and Development Expenditure in Industry 2014: ANBERD: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: France 2014: Book listing
-Biosafety and the Environmental Uses of Micro-Organisms: Conference Proceedings: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

OECD Studies on SMEs and Entrepreneurship: Italy: Key Issues and Policies: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Missing Entrepreneurs 2014: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe: Print edition now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TAXATION

Revenue Statistics 2014 2014 Consumption Tax Trends 2014 The Distributional Effects of Consumption Taxes in OECD Countries


Tax revenues rebounding from the crisis but tax mix varying widely, says Revenue Statistics 2014: Press release | Book announcement with tables and country notes | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD average standard VAT rate reached an all-time high in January 2014 says Consumption Tax Trends 2014: VAT/GST and Excise rates, Trends and Policy Issues: Press release (scroll down) | Read and Share | Book announcement with country notes | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reduced VAT rates for equity and social objectives actually benefit higher income households more than lower income households, says The Distributional Effects of Consumption Taxes in OECD Countries: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TRADE

International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 5


International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 5: Chile, Estonia, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, OECD Total, EU28-Extra: Read and Share | Subscribe to periodical | Issue on OECD iLibrary | Database on OECD iLibrary

Trade Patterns in the 2060 World Economy: Working paper

OECD News: Trade, December 2014 includes articles on deep provisions in regional trade agreements, export restrictions in raw materials trade, and much more: Newsletter

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates (CIRRs): CIRRs

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TRANSPORTATION

New ITF Projections for Urban Mobility in China, India, Latin America (Pre-release of a chapter from the forthcoming ITF Transport Outlook 2015): Announcement | Report (PDF - 50 pages)

Appraising Transformational Projects: The Case of the Grand Paris Express: Report (PDF - 53 pages)

Forthcoming
-ITF Transport Outlook 2015: Book listing
-The Economics of Investment in High-Speed Rail: Book listing
-Major Transport Infrastructure Projects and Economic Development: Book listing

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

OECD Territorial Reviews: Colombia 2014 The Competitiveness of Global Port Cities


OECD Territorial Reviews: Colombia 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Competitiveness of Global Port Cities: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming:
-Urban Policy Reviews: Mexico 2015: Transforming Urban Policy and Housing Finance: Book listing

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Today is Cyber Monday. And so is tomorrow and the next day and the next…
Today is Cyber Monday. Like its better known cousin ‘Black Friday’, ‘Cyber Monday’ is a marketing term to mark the kick-off of the holiday shopping season, right after Thanksgiving, in the US. Unlike Black Friday though, Cyber Monday is all about e-commerce: the New York Times sanctified the term in 2005, with the observation that “millions of otherwise productive working Americans, fresh off a Thanksgiving weekend of window shopping, were returning to high-speed Internet connections at work Monday and buying what they liked. The OECD has just released a comprehensive mapping of the digital economy around the world. It shows how American consumers aren’t the only ones who are buying more online. Our data shows 90% of internet users in the U.K. and Germany now shop online, with the U.S. closer to the 70% mark – although when data is broken down by age, American seniors rank among the biggest e-shoppers of their peers. Read more

Stimulating SME Equity Financing? Change The Culture
Let’s face it: the bulk of small and medium-sized entreprises (SMEs) are still financed mainly by bank credit. However, as bank finance is harder to come by in the current post-crisis environment, fostering non-bank financing alternatives may help closing an SME financing gap. The limitations in the ecosystem (exchanges, platforms, brokers, market-makers, advisors, equity research) necessary both for the development of SME equity finance and the maintenance of liquidity in such markets can definitely be named as impediments. In Germany, only 13,8% of the population invests directly (7,1%, 2013) or indirectly via funds (6,7%, 2013) in listed equity securities. Compared with around 50% in the US (45% in 2008, ICI Survey / 52% in 2014, Gallup Survey).  Both the US and Germany saw a slight deterioration in equity ownership from 2000 until today. How to reverse this trend of sinking equity ownership in Germany and neighbouring countries? Read more

Every child has special needs: “secrets” of Finnish education
In 2013 I moved to Finland on a Fulbright Award to learn the “secrets” of Finnish education. For the next six months I traveled by train, on bus, on bike and on foot to observe classrooms, document Finnish educational practice, and interview teachers, administrators and students. I began this journey to find out what makes Finnish students successful problem solvers in PISA, but along the way I learned much, much more. Read more

A prayer for your pension
In the 18th century, the Church of Scotland had a problem – widows. Whenever a married minister died, his salary was transferred to his successor. If the dead man was married, his widow and children could find themselves without either income or home. The only option for some was the poorhouse – an unedifying spectacle for a church. Read more

Is inequality good or bad for growth?
If you’ve been following the income inequality debate, you’ll know there’s been much discussion of this question. Until just a few years ago, it’s probably fair to say that mainstream opinion leaned towards the “good for growth” side of the debate. This case rests on three main arguments: First, inequality creates incentives for entrepreneurs. Second, wealthy types are a source of investment for the economy. Third, when the state tries to reduce inequality by taxing wealth and transferring it to the less well-off, some of these resources will be lost in the “leaky bucket” of bureaucracy and administration. But over the past couple of years, the bigger proposition – that inequality is good, or at least not bad, for growth – has come under increasing fire, including from the IMF, the OECD and even Standard & Poor’s. And now comes new research from the OECD indicating that “income inequality has curbed economic growth significantly”. Read more

A clearer picture of climate-related development finance
The world will need more and better targeted financing to meet the challenges of global development post-2015. This means taking important decisions not only on what qualifies as official development assistance (ODA), but also onhow those flows can be most strategically used. Robust statistics on climate-related development finance can facilitate better decision making, in part through improved co-ordination and priority setting. The DAC, in collaboration with the multilateral development banks and other international organisations, has presented – for the first time ever – an integrated picture of bilateral and multilateral development finance flows targeting climate change objectives in 2013. Read more

A New Agreement on Climate Change: OECD Observer Article

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Pensions at Outlook 2014 Pensions at a Glance 2013
Latin American Economic Outlook 2015 The OECD Foreign Bribery Report
OECD Economic Outlook 2014/2 International Migration Outlook 2014
World Energy Outlook 2014 STI Outlook 2014
Health at a Glance 2013 Society at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2014
Sovereign Borrowing Outlook 2014 Development Co-operation Report 2014
How Was Life? How's Life in Your Region?
OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2014 Agricultural Policy Monitoring and Evaluation 2013
Perspectives on Global Development 2014 Making Mental Health Count
African Economic Outlook 2014 The Cost of Air Pollution
OECD Economic Outlook V2014 N1 Economic Policy Reforms 2014
OECD Factbook 2014 National Accounts at a Glance 2014
OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 Environment at a Glance 2013
PISA 2012 Results, V1: What Students Know and Can Do PISA 2012 Results, V2: Excellence through Equity
PISA 2012 Results, V3: Ready to Learn PISA 2012 Results, V4: What Makes a School Successful?
PISA 2012 Results, V5: Creative Problem Solving PISA 2012 Results, V6: Students and Money?
Regions at a Glance 2013 OECD Regional Outlook 2014
How's Life 2013 Society at a Glance 2014
OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2013 Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2014
OECD Skills Outlook 2013 The Survey of Adult Skills:Reader's Companion
Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Addressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting
OECD Employment Outlook 2013 Better Jobs, Better Skills, Better Lives
Education at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators Education at a Glance: Highlights 2013
Trends Shaping Education 2013 Education Today 2013
Model Tax Convention: Full Version 2010 Government at a Glance 2013
Transfer Pricing Guidelines 2010 OECD Model Tax Convention Condensed Version 2010
Entrepreneurship at a Glance 2013 Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2013
OECD Insights: From Aid to Development OECD Insights: Economic Globalisation
OECD Insights: From Crisis to Recovery OECD Insights: Fisheries: While Stocks last
OECD Insights: International Trade OECD Insights: International Migration
OECD Insights: Sustainable Development OECD Insights: Human Capital
 

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