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HIGHLIGHTS

The Space Economy at a Glance 2014 Society at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2014


Space budgets are down somewhat in OECD countries but up significantly in the BRICS. Governments should keep up their spending on space R&D, which can yield big returns in new technology, says The Space Economy at a Glance 2014: Read and Share | Book announcement | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Girls outperform boys in some areas of education in the Asia/Pacific area, but these gains have not spilled over into the labour market, says Society at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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THE COMMONWEALTH

Building the Resilience of Small States Antigua and Barbuda General Election 12 June 2014


Building the Resilience of Small States: A Revised Framework: Read and Share | Book on The Commonwealth iLibrary

Antigua and Barbuda General Election, 12 June 2014: Read and Share | Book on The Commonwealth iLibrary

What Do Small and Poor Developing Countries Need from the Multilateral Trading System? Working paper

Commonwealth Small States and Least Developed Countries in WTO Dispute Settlement: Working paper

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

Antimicrobial Resistance:  The Use of Antimicrobials in the Livestock Sector: Working paper

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Women in Business 2014


Women in Business 2014: Accelerating Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop |Book on OECD iLibrary

Statement of the OECD Working Group on Bribery on France’s implementation of the Anti-Bribery Convention: Press release

Despite progress made and improved legal framework, OECD seriously concerned about Turkey’s level of detection and investigation of foreign bribery: Press release | Report (PDF - 80 pages)

Brazil closes legal loophole on foreign bribery: OECD hopes this will now translate into stepped up enforcement: Press release | Report (PDF - 90 pages)

Kazakhstan must sharpen its strategy and raise impact of its anti-corruption measures: Press release | Report (PDF - 133 pages)

FATF guidance tackles terrorist finance and money laundering risk in banks and corporate entities: Press release | Report (PDF - 48 pages)

China and OECD to co-operate on promoting the responsible sourcing of minerals: Press release

Competition and macroeconomic outcomes factsheet: Factsheet (PDF - 36 pages)

OECD’s Gurría welcomes passage of Latvian law on governance of state-owned enterprises: Press release

Forthcoming
-Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Book listing
-OECD Pensions Outlook 2014: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Book listing
-Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2014: Responsible Business Conduct by Sector: Book listing
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Mortality Assumptions and Longevity Risk: Implications for Pension Funds and Annuity Providers: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Social Cohesion Policy Review of Viet Nam


Fast growth has contributed to an impressive reduction in poverty but much remains to be done to preserve social cohesion in Viet Nam, says Social Cohesion Policy Review of Viet Nam: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Development Co-operation Report 2014: Mobilising Resources for Sustainable Development: Print as well as READ and PDF versions now available. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop |Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Multi-dimensional Review of Myanmar: Volume 2. In-depth Analysis and Recommendations: Book listing
-Regional Perspectives on Aid for Trade: Book listing
-Towards Green Growth in Southeast Asia: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys: Portugal 2014


Fundamental reforms paving the way for economic recovery in Portugal, says OECD Economic Surveys: Portugal 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1170: A Revival of the Private Rental Sector of the Housing Market?  Lessons from Germany, Finland, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands

Forthcoming:
-All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Slovak Republic 2014: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

Understanding National Accounts: Second Edition: Print as well as READ and PDF versions now available. Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

A New European System of National and Regional Accounts: Report (PDF - 4 pages)

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EDUCATION

Critical Maths Skills for Innovative Societies


Critical Maths for Innovative Societies: The Role of Metacognitive Pedagogies: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How Closely is the Distribution of Skills related to Countries' Overall Level of Social Inequality and Economic Prosperity? Working Paper

Who are the doctorate holders and where do their qualifications lead them? Education Indicators in Focus

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-A Skills beyond School Review of Egypt: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of Kazakhstan: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of the Netherlands: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of South Africa: Book listing
-Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report: Book listing
-OECD Reviews of Evaluation and Assessment in Education: Slovak Republic 2014: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Society at a Glance Asia/Pacific 2014 Social Cohesion Policy Review of Viet Nam Working Better with Age: Switzerland 2014


Girls outperform boys in some areas of education in the Asia/Pacific area, but these gains have not spilled over into the labour market, says Society at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Fast growth has contributed to an impressive reduction in poverty but much remains to be done to preserve social cohesion in Viet Nam, says Social Cohesion Policy Review of Viet Nam: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Switzerland should encourage older people to work longer, says Vieillissement et politiques de l'emploi : Suisse 2014: Mieux travailler avec l'âge (available only in French): Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Pensions Outlook 2014: Book listing
-Pensions at a Glance 2014: Latin America and the Caribbean: Book listing
-All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen: Book listing
-Job Creation and Local Economic Development: Book listing
-Skills beyond School: Synthesis Report: Book listing
-A Skills beyond School Review of the Netherlands: Book listing
-Mental Health and Work: The Netherlands: Book listing
-International Migration Outlook 2014: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy Prices and Taxes 2014/3 Oil Gas Coal and Eleccricity Quarterly Statistics 2014/4


Energy Prices and Taxes, Volume 2014, Issue 3: Subscribe to periodical | Issue on OECD iLibrary

Oil, Gas, Coal and Electricity, Volume 2014 Issue 4: Quarterly Statistics, Second Quarter 2014: Subscribe to periodical | Issue on OECD iLibrary

Renewable Energy Policies and Cross-Border Investment: Working Paper

An interview with Felipe Calderón: "The world needs a full transition towards a low-carbon economy": Interview

Forthcoming:
-Energy Policies Beyond IEA Countries: Morocco 2014
-Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Expanding Access to Clean Energy for Green Growth and Development: Book listing

-Energy, Environment and Climate Change: Book listing
-Mapping Channels to Mobilise Institutional Investment in Sustainable Energy: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

Water Governance in Tunisia


Water Governance in Tunisia: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Inducing Private Finance for Renewable Energy Projects : Evidence from Micro-Data: Working paper

Adjusting Productivity for Pollution in Selected Asian Economies: Green Growth Papers

Partnerships for Water Security: Blog Post by Simon Upton

Forthcoming:
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Sweden 2014: Book listing
-Seine Basin, Île-de-France, 2014: Resilience to Major Floods: Book listing
-Mapping Channels to Mobilise Institutional Investment in Sustainable Energy: Book listing

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HEALTH

Forthcoming:
-Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014: Book listing
-Mental Health and Work: The Netherlands: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

Skills and Jobs in the Internet Economy: Working paper

Consumer Policy Guidance on Intangible Digital Content Products: Working paper

Consumer policy guidance on e-commerce: Announcement

Forthcoming
-Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective: Book listing

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

NEA Newsletter, October 2014 includes articles on the Director-General Magwood's speech on radioactive waste at the Scientific Forum on Radioactive Waste and the conferral of the Order of the Rising Sun to Former NEA Director-General Echávarri. Newsletter

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Water Governance in Tunisia


Water Governance in Tunisia: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Good Governance and National Well-Being: What ar the Linkages? Working paper

The OECD Conference on Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact on 12-13 November 2014 will bring together public sector practitioners, researchers, civil society and businesses to discuss how innovation can help solve today's complex challenges. Announcement

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

Forthcoming
-Lobbyists, Governments and Public Trust, Volume 3: Implementing the OECD Principles for Transparency and Integrity in Lobbying: Book listing
-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

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

The Space Economy at a Glance 2014


The Space Economy at a Glance 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Renewable Energy Policies and Cross-Border Investment: Working Paper

Forthcoming:
-Science, Technology and Innovation in Viet Nam: Book listing

-OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014: Book listing
-Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective: Book listing
-Research and Development Expenditure in Industry 2014: ANBERD: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Women in Business 2014


Women in Business 2014: Accelerating Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop |Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Italy: Key Issues and Policies: Book listing
-The Missing Entrepreneurs 2014: Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe

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TAXATION

Global Forum: Belize Phase 2 2014 Tax Compliance by Design Measures of Tax Compliance Outcomes
Increasing Taxpayers Use of Self-Service Channels Working Smarter in Tax Debt Management


Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes Peer Reviews:
-Belize 2014, Phase 2: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary
-Ghana 2014, Phase 2: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary
-Gibraltar 2014, Phase 2: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary
-Grenada 2014, Phase 2: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary
-Israel 2014, Phase 2: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary
-Russian Federation 2014, Phase 2: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary
-Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2014, Phase 2: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Tax Compliance by Design:Achieving Improved SME Tax Compliance by Adopting a System Perspective: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Measures of Tax Compliance Outcomes: A Practical Guide: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Increasing Taxpayers' Use of Self-service Channels: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Working Smarter in Tax Debt Management: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Heads of Tax Administration agree global actions to meet global challenges: Press release

Governments commit to implement automatic exchange of information beginning 2017: Press release

Forthcoming
-Consumption Tax Trends 2014: VAT/GST and excise rates, trends and policy issues: Book listing

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TRADE

Deep Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: How multilateral-friendly? Policy paper

Forthcoming:
-OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2014 Issue 1: Detailed Tables by Service Category: Book listing
-OECD Statistics on International Trade in Services, Volume 2014 Issue 2: Detailed Tables by Partner Country: Book listing

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TRANSPORTATION

ITF Corporate Partnership Board Projects Highlight Ways Forward on Looming Policy Issues: Announcement

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

Forthcoming
-Job Creation and Local Economic Development: Book listing
-OECD Rural Policy Reviews: Chile 2014: Book listing

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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG and THE OECD OBSERVER

Calculate this country’s GDP
Last week, the media reported on the questions Oxford University asked candidates as part of their entrance interview. The questions aren’t designed to test knowledge of facts, but to give students a chance to show how they think about solving problems, whether they can see links between one subject taught at school and another, and so on. One of the questions in history was “How much of the past can you count?”. The idea, as interviewer Stephen Tuck told the Daily Mail, is to provoke a discussion about “all sorts of issues relating to historical evidence. For which periods and places and aspects of the past is data readily available?”. It’s a question you could ask in economics too: how much of a country can you count? And one that the newly updatedUnderstanding National Accounts from the OECD answers. Read more

Smarter, greener, healthier and more productive: The new old
This post is by Tobias Vogt and Fanny Kluge from the Laboratory of Survival and Longevity at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany. Read more

Want to improve your problem-solving skills? Try metacognition
French poet Paul Valéry once expressed his love for mathematics: “I worship this most beautiful subject of all and I don’t care that my love remains unrequited.” Unrequited love, or, all too often, a big stumbling block that inspires fear and defiance, mathematics are usually not seen as an excuse to have fun. Yet, maths need not go hand in hand with anxiety. Maths can help us acquire life skills that are essential. In today’s unpredictable world, all of life is problem solving. Our societies will need a critical mass of innovators who can not only communicate and collaborate but also think creatively and critically. Are students developing these high-order skills in maths class? Are they learning to solve complex, unfamiliar and non-routine tasks? A new OECD publication, Critical Maths for Innovative Societies: The Role of Metacognitive Pedagogies, shows that the time has come to introduce innovative instructional methods.  Read more

Making obsolescence obsolete: design to reduce waste
Let’s be honest, waste reduction doesn’t have much of a ring to it. To many, it’s a complex policy issue without much hope if consumers keep throwing their cans away in the street. Yet, designers are taking a different view, looking at reducing waste from a business angle.The amount of material being extracted and wasted today is scary. In recent decades, the high consumption levels in developed countries, combined with rapid industrialisation in emerging economies, have led to unprecedented levels of demand for raw materials. In just thirty years, the quantity of materials extracted for consumption has increased by 60%. Even more worrying is that a fifth of these materials end up as waste.  Read more

Fuel for thought
A litre of diesel has about 105 more combustion energy than petrol, but produces roughly 18% more CO2 emissions. OECD Observer article

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