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HIGHLIGHTS

The Metropolitan Century Governing the  City


Urbanisation rates to rise to more than 80% by the end of the century, says The Metropolitan Century: Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences: Book announcement with Prezi | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Governing the City includes case studies for six large metropolitan areas: Aix-Marseille (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Athens (Greece), Daejeon (Korea), Puebla-Tlaxcala (Mexico), and Chicago (United States). Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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OECD PUBLISHING NEWS

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OECD Subscription Prices for 2015: Price list

New OECD Key Titles Catalogue, 2015: Catalogue

New OECD Subscription Catalogue, 2015: Catalogue

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

OECD iLibrary: Brochure

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THE COMMONWEALTH

Trade in Environmental Goods and Services: Working paper

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

OECD Review of Fisheries: Counbtry Statistics 2014


OECD Review of Fisheries: Country Statistics 2014: PDF available now. Print edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Trade Dimensions of Food Security: Working paper

The economic costs of withdrawing antimicrobial growth promoters from the livestock sector: Working paper

Forthcoming
-OECD Review of Agricultural Policies:Switzerland 2015: Book listing
-OECD Review of Agricultural Policies: Colombia 2015: Book listing

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure


Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Land Transport and How to Unlock Investment in Support of “Green Growth”: Working paper

Latest Foreign Direct Investment Statistics: Webpage

Financing of the Terrorist Organisation Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant: Announcement | Report (PDF - 48 pages)

News from the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, February 2015 includes articles on corporate bonds, investment in clean energy infrastructure, integrity in business culture, investment treaties, the 2015 Integrity Forum, and how multinationals channel investments: Newlsetter

Forthcoming
-State-Owned Enterprises in the Development Process: Book listing

-Consequences of Corruption at the Sector Level and Implications for Economic Growth and Development: Book listing
-African Central Government Debt 2015: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

West Africa Gateway Newsbrief, 23 Feb 2015 includes articles on the Great Green Wall, ceasefire in Mali, aid to the Sahel, regional integration, filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako, dietary quality and a violent events map: Newsletter

DAC News, February 2015 includes articles on the post-2015 era, new rules for what counts as Official Development Assistance, the DAC Prize 2015, the Global Forum on Development 2015, the 2015 Arab-DAC Dialogue on Development, humanitarian effectiveness, and fragility in the post 2015 development era: Newsletter

The OECD Development Centre Newsletter, February 2015 includes articles on the Global Forum on Development 2015, the Multi-Dimensional Review of Myanmar, Volume 2, and Revenue Statistics in Africa: Newsletter

Non-ODA Flows to Developing Countries: Remittances: Webpage

Non-ODA Flows to Developing Countries: Export Credits: Webpage

Non-ODA Flows to Developing Countries: Private Philanthropy: Webpage

Forthcoming
-Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia China and India 2015: Book listing
-States of Fragility 2015: Book listing
-African Central Government Debt 2015: Book listing
-State-Owned Enterprises in the Development Process: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economic Surveys: Italy 2015 OECD Economic Surveys: Latvia 2015 OECD Economic Surveys: United Kingdom 2015


Reforms open new prospects for growth and jobs, says OECD Economic Surveys: Italy 2015: Press release | Book announcement with graphics/Power Point | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Reforms can support growth and equity in Latvia, says OECD Economic Surveys: Latvia 2015: Press release | Book announcement with graphics and Powerpoint | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Unleashing productivity is key to sustaining strong growth, says OECD Economic Surveys: United Kingdom 2015: Press release | Book announcement with graphics and Powerpoint | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Economics Department Working Papers:
-1185. Raising the Economic Participation of Women in India – A New Growth Engine?

Forthcoming:
-All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: China 2015: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: France 2015: Book listing
-OECD Economic Surveys: Luxembourg 2015: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Accounts 2014


National Accounts of OECD Countries, Financial Accounts 2014: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Cast a Ballot or Protest in the Street : Did Our Grandfathers Do More of Both? An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis in Political Participation: Working paper

OECD GDP growth slows marginally to 0.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014: Press release

Mixed signals on trade in Q4 2014 as US dollar appreciates against major currencies: Press release

Forthcoming
-OECD Labour Force Statistics 2014: Book listing
-OECD Compendium of Productivity Indicators 2015

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EDUCATION

How Much Time do Teachers Spend on Teaching and Non-Teaching Activities? Education Indicators in Focus

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

Forthcoming
-Skills for Social Progress: Book listing
-Employment and Skills Strategies in England, United Kingdom: Book listing
-ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence: Book listing
-ISCED 2011 Operational Manual: Book listing
-Education in Indonesia: Rising to the Challenge: Book listing

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Employment and Skills in England, United Kingdom


Employment and Skills in England, United Kingdom: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

NEET Youth in the Aftermath of the Crisis Challenges and Policies: Working paper

Forthcoming
-All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen: Book listing
-Skills for Social Progress: Book listing
-Ageing and Employment Policies: Poland 2015: Book listing
-Employment and Skills Strategies in Flanders, Belgium: Book listing

-Employment and Skills Strategies in Sweden: Book listing
-Fit Mind, Fit Job: From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work: Book listing
-OECD Labour Force Statistice 2014: Book listing
-Investing in Youth: Tunisia: Book listing

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ENERGY

Energy Policies beyond IEA Countries: Indonesia 2015 Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure


Indonesia’s economic success hinges on energy-sector investment, realistic goals, says Energy Policies beyond IEA Countries: Indonesia 2015: Book on Online Bookshop (PDF only) | Book on OECD iLibrary

Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Following the recent crash in oil prices, IEA sees a transformed market, with supply more responsive to prices than in the past – and demand less so in the Medium-Term Oil Market Report 2015: Print as well as PDF version now available. Press release | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Explore the world in a new way with IEA Energy Atlas: Announcement | Atlas

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ENVIRONMENT

OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Spain 2015 Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure


Spain needs to further factor the environment into its recovery agenda, says the OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Spain 2015: Press release | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Material Resources, Productivity and the Environment: Print as well as PDF and READ versions now available.Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Invention and International Diffusion of Water Conservation and Availability Technologies: Evidence from Patent Data: Working paper

Land Transport and How to Unlock Investment in Support of “Green Growth”: Working paper

OECD QSAR Toolbox, Version 3.3.2: Announcement

Forthcoming:

-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Poland 2015: Book listing
-National Climate Change Adaptation:Emerging Practices in Monitoring and Evaluation: Book listing
-Water Resources Allocation: Sharing Risks and Opportunities: Book listing

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HEALTH

OECD Health Update, February 2015 includes information on new books, interesting graphs on cataract and tonsil surgeries, nutrition, depression and health care quality: Newsletter

Forthcoming:
-Fit Mind, Fit Job: From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work: Book listing
-Drinking Lives Away: Harmful Alcohol Abuse and the Economics of Public Health: Book listing


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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

OECD Broadband Portal updated: Broadband Portal

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

GIF Framework Agreement extended for ten years: Announcement

France has just adhered to the Joint Declaration on the Security of Supply of Medical Radioisotopes: Announcement

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

OECD Journal on Budgeting, Volume 2014 Issue 1


OECD Journal on Budgeting, Volume 2014 Issue 1 includes articles on economic and fiscal management under the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) administration, contingent liabilities, fiscal risk, budgeting for healthcare programmes and the abuse and misuse of the term "Austerity". Read and share (click through to chapters) | Subscribe to OECD Journal | Issue on OECD iLibrary

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

Forthcoming:
-Achieving Public Sector Agility at Times of Fiscal Consolidation: Book listing
-OECD Integrity Review of Tunisia´s Audit System: Managing Risk in Public Institutions:Book listing
-OECD Public Governance Reviews: Estonia and Finland: Book listing
-Implementing Good Regulatory Practice in Malaysia: Book listing
-African Central Government Debt 2015: Book listing
-State-Owned Enterprises in the Development Process: Book listing

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & INDUSTRY

Excess Capacity in the Global Steel Industry and the Implications of New Investment Projects: Policy paper

Manufacturing or Services: That is (not) the Question: The Role of Manufacturing and Services in OECD Economies: Policy paper

OECD News on Innovation, Jan-Feb 2015 includes articles on how innovation can reduce social inequality, social impact investment, design and its role in innovation, big data in dementia research, the internet of things, big data implications for statistical agencies, global steel capacity and Korea's shipbuilding industry: Newsletter

OECD Broadband Portal updated: Broadband Portal

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Forthcoming
-Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurship 2015: An OECD Scoreboard: Book listing

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TAXATION

Modèle de convention fiscale concernant le revenu et la fortune : Version abrégée 2014


The French version of the Model Tax Convention on Income and on Capital: Condensed Version 2014 is now available: Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Public comments received on discussion drafts of two new elements of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines: Comments received

Forthcoming
-Taxing Wages 2015: Book listing

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TRADE

Trade Dimensions of Food Security: Working paper

Latest Commercial Interest Reference Rates (CIRRs): CIRRs

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TRANSPORTATION

ITF Newsletter for February 2015 includes articles on the ITF Transport Outlook, the annual ITF Summit, mobility data, and the new working group on air transport liberalisation: Newsletter

Land Transport and How to Unlock Investment in Support of “Green Growth”: Working paper

Registration opens for 2015 Summit on "Transport, Trade and Tourism": Announcement | Registration

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

The Metropolitan Century Governing the  City


The Metropolitan Century: Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences: Book announcement with prezi | Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Governing the City includes case studies for six large metropolitan areas: Aix-Marseille (France), Frankfurt (Germany), Athens (Greece), Daejeon (Korea), Puebla-Tlaxcala (Mexico), and Chicago (United States). Read and share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Governing the Metropolitan City of Venice. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-OECD Territorial Reviews: The Krasnoyarsk Agglomeration, Russian Federation: Book listing
-OECD Urban Policy Reviews: China 2015: Book listing


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FROM THE OECD INSIGHTS BLOG and THE OECD OBSERVER

Two cheers for Piketty: Or, why both he and the OECD and nearly everyone else are wrong on growth. Part 1
Piketty’s alleged-updating of Marx, Capital in the 21st century, is taking the intellectual world by storm. I’m delighted that such an improbable happening can occur in our rather-impoverished public sphere, and pleased to cheer him on. But sadly, I can’t give Piketty anything like a full-throated ‘three cheers’. Read more

Two cheers for Piketty: Or, why both he and the OECD and nearly everyone else are wrong on growth. Part 2
Piketty has shied away from grasping the uncomfortable implication of his own data: that growthist capitalism is an engine for inequality both in the present and over much longer timescales. For growthist capitalism – and there is no other kind – systematically leads to inequality. It leads to inequality-in-the-future in part because the exponential return on debt, so as not to lead to excessive human exploitation, has instead relied on exploitation of the planet as an alternative property-right-claim to reduce the cumulative impact of the impossibility of paying returns to money: but this exploitation results in brutally depleting the future. And it leads to inequality-in-the-present in part because we still insist on paying returns to money anyway. Read more

Measuring government impact in a social media world
Research from our recent OECD working paper “Social Media Use by Governments” shows that as of November 2014, out of 34 OECD countries, 28 have a Twitter account for the office representing the top executive institution (head of state, head of government, or government as a whole), and 21 have a Facebook account. Read more

Mainstreaming Green Growth: Venice, the ideal place to wade through the issues
Ever plodded through flood waters to get to a conference? In late January, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) held their 3rd annual conference in Venice, Italy at the impressive Ca’ Foscari University. More than 200 experts from universities, governments and agencies converged to discuss the role that fiscal policies can play in greening growth. With the streets filling rapidly with water, nature (influenced by a changing climate) provided extra motivation to act immediately on this issue as participants flocked to indoor heaters and radiators to dry out their drenched shoes and socks. Read more

Seeing paradigm change
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.” - Roald DahlThis line from a story by the imaginative genius Roald Dahl was published after his death in 1990. Today these words still sound like handy advice for those of us watching the world and looking for places where change can shift paradigms. Dahl hints at a key insight for solving intractable global problems, that our way of looking determines whether we find what we’re looking for. Since we’ve collectively not found it, why not look for help in an unlikely place such as a children’s story? Read more

Band-aids won’t save the polar bears: smarter climate adaptation needed
The polar bear, floating mournfully away on an ice floe as his habitat melts around him, is perhaps one of the most well-travelled symbols of the impacts of climate change. The bear is removed just enough from the vast majority of the world’s population to be a perfect object of fixation: unusual, unique, but still cute enough to capture the attention of children, and adults, everywhere. On current trends, the polar bear is going to require some help if it is to survive. Unfortunately, due to the bears’ remote location and specific feeding habits, any intervention will be drastic: one suggestion has been to use helicopters to air-drop food, to the tune of $32,000 a day for the “most accessible” bears. Not only is this extremely expensive, but it could also cause a large amount of carbon emissions and environmental disturbance. Sadly, it may be the only option in this case. Nevertheless, it does provide a valuable lesson: “band-aid” solutions are very often expensive, inefficient, and wasteful. Read more

Digital Learning in Schools
Schools are places of learning and producing the innovators of tomorrow. But did you know that in most OECD countries, schools lag behind workplaces and homes in the adoption of ICT tools? OECD Observer article

 

 

 

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