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OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Colombia 2016 Latin American Economic Outlook 2016 Back to Work: Sweden

Colombia still faces challenges to improve health care quality: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The time is now for a new Latin America-China partnership to foster mutual development strategies, says the Latin American Economic Outlook 2016: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Unequal access to employment support hurts vulnerable laid-off workers in Sweden: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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COMMONWEALTH

Non-Tariff Measures and the Post-Bali Agenda: Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics on Commonwealth iLibrary

Mobile Technology and Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa: Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics on Commonwealth iLibrary

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NORDIC REGION
Future of biodiversity in the Barents Region

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES
Innovation, Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability in the Netherlands

The Netherlands should invest in the long-term sustainability of the food and agricultural system: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

A Californian enigma: Record-high agricultural revenues during the most severe drought in history: OECD Insights

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BUSINESS & MARKETS
Social Impact Investment

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Currency-based measures targeting banks - Balancing national regulation of risk and financial openness: Working paper

Policies for Productivity Growth: Working paper

Promoting business integrity through strengthened corporate governance: OECD Trust and Business (TNB) Project

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DEVELOPMENT
Latin American Economic Outlook 2016 OECD Development Co-operation Peer Reviews: Portugal 2016

The time is now for a new Latin America-China partnership to foster mutual development strategies, says the Latin American Economic Outlook 2016: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Portugal needs to increase its development aid and improve oversight: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Income mobility in times of economic growth: Working paper

Development finance insights and analysis: Webpage

Gearing up for COP21: DACnews November 2015

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-Multi-dimensional Review of Kazakhstan: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS
Latin American Economic Outlook 2016 The Future of Productivity Income Inequality

The time is now for a new Latin America-China partnership to foster mutual development strategies, says the Latin American Economic Outlook 2016: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Future of Productivity: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Income Inequality: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Economics Department Working Papers:
-1272. Austria's separate gender roles model was popular in the past, but is becoming a constraint for comprehensive wellbeing
-1273. Towards more gender equality in Austria
-1274. Who are the top 1% earners in Europe?
-1275. Adjusting fiscal balances for the business cycle
-1276. How can South Africa's tax system meet revenue raising challenges?

Forthcoming
-OECD Economic Surveys: Norway 2016: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS
National Accounts at a Glance 2015 Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2015 Issue 12

National Accounts at a Glance 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Main Economic Indicators, Volume 2015 Issue 12: Read and share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, December 2015: Press release

OECD unemployment rate down to 6.6% in October 2015: Press release

G20 GDP growth stable at 0.7% in the third quarter of 2015: Press release

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: December 2015: Press release

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EDUCATION
A Review of International Large-Scale Assessments in Education OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium 2015 Immigrant Students at School

A Review of International Large-Scale Assessments in Education: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Immigrant Students at School: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Who wants to become a teacher?: PISA In Focus

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS
Back to Work: Sweden Income Inequality Ageing: Debate the Issues

Unequal access to employment support hurts vulnerable laid-off workers in Sweden: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Income Inequality: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Ageing: Debate the Issues: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Measuring and Assessing Job Quality: Working paper

Towards a Distribution-Sensitive Better Life Index: Working paper

OECD unemployment rate down to 6.6% in October 2015: Press release

System of unit labour cost, OECD - Updated: December 2015: Press release

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ENERGY
Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2015 Development Prospects of the ASEAN Power Sector Energy Investments and Technology Transfer Across Emerging Economies: The Case of Brazil and China

Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2015: Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Development Prospects of the ASEAN Power Sector: Book on OECD iLibrary

Energy Investments and Technology Transfer Across Emerging Economies: The Case of Brazil and China: Book on OECD iLibrary

Update on Overseas Investments by China's National Oil Companies: Book on OECD iLibrary

Emissions Reduction through Upgrade of Coal-Fired Power Plants: Learning from Chinese Experience: Book on OECD iLibrary

Developing a Natural Gas Trading Hub in Asia: Book on OECD iLibrary

Understanding Energy Challenges in India: Book on OECD iLibrary

Gas Pricing: China's Challenges and IEA Experience: Book on OECD iLibrary

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ENVIRONMENT

Climate disclosure: knowledge powers change: OECD Insights

COP21 agreement: A decisive turning point: OECD Insights

How OECD and IEA contributed to COP21: OECD Insights

COP21: A selected OECD bibliography on climate change: Webpage

Sector-level approach to estimating mobilised private climate finance: Working Paper

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HEALTH
OECD Reviews of Health Systems: Colombia 2016 Ageing: Debate the Issues

Colombia still faces challenges to improve health care quality: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Ageing: Debate the Issues: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

The Labour Market Impacts of Obesity, Smoking, Alcohol Use and Related Chronic Diseases: Working Paper

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY
The Changing Face of Strategic Crisis Management

The Changing Face of Strategic Crisis Management: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Development of High-speed Networks and the Role of Municipal Networks: Working Paper

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Nuclear Energy: Combating Climate Change: Video

NEA Monthly News Bulletin: December 2015

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT
OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium 2015

OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY
The Future of Productivity

The Future of Productivity: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Social Impact Investment

Social Impact Investment: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TAXATION
Revenue Statistics 2015

Corporate tax revenues falling, putting higher burdens on individuals: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TRADE
International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2015 Issue 5

International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2015 Issue 5: Read and share | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TRANSPORT

International Transport Forum Newsletter: December 2015

Transport Policy Matters: Blog

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY
OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium 2015

OECD Reviews of School Resources: Flemish Community of Belgium 2015: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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