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HIGHLIGHTS

How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820 How's Life in Your Region OECD Regional Outlook 2014


How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820 shows long-term progress in key areas of well-being: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

How's Life in Your Region? Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making reveals big differences in the 362 regions within OECD countries. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Poorer regions falling behind in advanced economies, says OECD Regional Outlook 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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AGRICULTURE/FOOD/FISHERIES

Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture


Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture: A Preliminary Assessment: PDF available now. Printed edition to come soon. Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

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BUSINESS & MARKETS

AMNE Database – Activity of Multinational Enterprises Update

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy 2014: 2-3 October: Event

Competition issues in the distribution of pharmaceuticals: Global Forum Session documentation

Forthcoming
-Policy Guidance for Investment in Clean Energy Infrastructure: Book listing
-Annual Report on the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises 2014: Book listing
-OECD Pensions Outlook 2014: Book listing
-OECD Investment Policy Reviews: Botswana 2014: Book listing

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DEVELOPMENT

Accountability and Democratic Governance: Oritentations and Principles for Development


Accountability and Democratic Governance: Oritentations and Principles for Development: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

OECD Developement Centre Newsletter, September 2014 includes articles on the International Economic Forum on Africa, securing livelihoods,and the emerging Senegal plan. Newsletter

On the Effectiveness of Exchange Rate Interventions in Emerging Markets: Working paper

International Development Statistics (IDS): Online databases

Climate Change: OECD DAC External Development Finance Statistics: Data visualisation portal and statistics

OECD Statistics on External Development Finance Targeting Environmental Objectives Including the Rio Conventions: Data visualisation portal and statistics

Development Co-operation: How Well is Canada Doing? Rahul Malhotra, Senior Policy Analyst at the OECD, will be in Ottawa to carry out a mid-term review to see just how well Canada is doing.  He will visit Carleton University on 15th October to talk about OECD's work in the area of development and how the peer review process helps raise the overall effectiveness of aid, focusing in particular on Canada, with time for questions and discussion afterwards. Location: Carleton University, Multi-Media Laboratory, Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library. Date: 15 October 2014. Time: 16h30 to 17h30. Registration URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/645491458898408/

Forthcoming
-Development Co-operation Report 2014: Mobilising Resources for Sustainable Development: Book listing To come out 7 October 2014.
-Multi-dimensional Review of Myanmar: Volume 2. In-depth Analysis and Recommendations: Book listing

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS

OECD Economics Department Working Papers
-1160: Reducing Macroeconomic Imbalances in Turkey
-1161: Fostering Inclusive Growth in Turkey by Promoting Structural Change in the Business Sector
-1162: Promoting the Financing of SMEs and Start-ups in Korea
-1163: Reducing the High Rate of Poverty Among the Elderly in Korea
-1164: Addressing High Household Debt in Korea
-1165: Determinants of Households’ Investment in Energy Efficiency and Renewables – Evidence from the OECD Survey on Household Environmental Behaviour and Attitudes
-1166: The Effect of the Global Financial Crisis on the OECD Potential Output

Forthcoming:
-All on Board: Making Inclusive Growth Happen: Book listing

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ECONOMIC STATISTICS

How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820 International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 3


How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820 shows long-term progress in key areas of well-being: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 3: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

Growth in OECD Unit Labour Costs slows to 0.5% in the second quarter of 2014: Press release

OECD annual inflation eases slightly to 1.8% in August 2014: Press release

Forthcoming
-How's Life in Your Region? Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making: Book listing
-Understanding National Accounts: Second Edition: Book listing


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EDUCATION

Employment and Skills Strategies in the United States


Employment and Skills Strategies in the United States: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Are Disadvantaged Students more Likely to Repeat Grades? PISA in Focus 

Unlocking the Potential of Teacher Feedback: Teaching in Focus

OECD Education Today Blog: Blog

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

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EMPLOYMENT & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820 Employment and Skills Strategies in the United States Matching Economic Migration with Labour Market Needs


How Was Life? Global Well-Being since 1820 shows long-term progress in key areas of well-being: Press release | Book announcement | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Employment and Skills Strategies in the United States: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Matching Economic Migration with Labour Market Needs: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Growth in OECD Unit Labour Costs slows to 0.5% in the second quarter of 2014: Press release

Forthcoming
-Employment and Skills Strategies in Korea: Book listing
-How's Life in Your Region? Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making: Book listing

-Society at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014: Book listing
-OECD Pensions Outlook 2014: 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

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ENERGY

Key World Energy Statistics 2014


Key World Energy Statistics 2014: Announcement | Book on OECD iLibrary

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
-Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014: Book listing

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ENVIRONMENT

Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture


Green Growth Indicators for Agriculture: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Tax Preferences for Environmental Goals: Use, Limitations and Preferred Practices: Working paper

Environmental and Related Social Costs of the Tax Treatment of Company Cars and Commuting Expenses: Working paper

Cities, Climate Change and Green Growth: A conversation with Mike Bloomberg and Angel Gurria: Policy Persepctives and video

Economics and Policies for Biodiversity: OECD's Response

OECD participation in the UN Climate Summit: Overview and summary

Financing climate change action: Overview and publications

OECD Statistics on External Development Finance Targeting Environmental Objectives Including the Rio Conventions: Data visualisation portal and statistics

There’s no bailout option for the climate: Blog post

The climate is changing, so should we: Blog post

Forthcoming:
-OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Sweden 2014: Book listing
-Seine Basin, Île-de-France, 2014: Resilience to Major Floods: Book listing

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HEALTH

Health Statistics: Statistics and Graph of the Month

Forthcoming:
-Health at a Glance: Asia/Pacific 2014: Book listing

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INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY

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

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NUCLEAR ENERGY

Radioactive Waste Management and "Constructing Memory" for Future Generations: Press release

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PUBLIC GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT

Accountability and Democratic Governance: Oritentations and Principles for Development


Accountability and Democratic Governance: Oritentations and Principles for Development: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

International Forum on Open Government: Event

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

OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Netherlands 2014


OECD Reviews of Innovation Policy: Netherlands 2014: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Biobased Chemicals and Bioplastics: Finding the Right Policy Balance - Working paper

Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy 2014: Event

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

-OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014: Book listing
-The Space Economy at a Glance 2014: Book listing
-Measuring the Digital Economy: A New Perspective: Book listing

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SMEs & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

SME Policy Index: The Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa 2014


SME Policy Index: The Mediterranean Middle East and North Africa 2014: Implementation of the Small Business Act for Europe: Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Forthcoming
-Women in Business 2014: Accelerating Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region: Book listing

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TAXATION

Tax benefits from company cars: Policy brief

Combating BEPS and making sure we have fair tax systems: An OECD/G20 Venture Blog post

OECD/G20 Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project: Explanatory statement

The Philippines signs the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters: Press release

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TRADE

International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 3


International Trade by Commodity Statistics, Volume 2014 Issue 3: Read and Share | Book on OECD iLibrary

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TRANSPORTATION

Tax benefits from company cars: Policy brief

On the Value of Crowding in Public Tansport for Ile-de-France: Discussion paper

Measuring and Valuing Convenience and Service Quality: Discussion paper

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URBAN, RURAL AND REGIONAL POLICY

How's Life in Your Region OECD Regional Outlook 2014


How's Life in Your Region? Measuring Regional and Local Well-being for Policy Making reveals big differences in the 362 regions within OECD countries. Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Poorer regions falling behind in advanced economies, says OECD Regional Outlook 2014: Press release | Read and Share | Book on Online Bookshop | Book on OECD iLibrary

Exploring Policy Complementarities in Transition Economies Working paper

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

No Old Person Left Behind?
What will matter to you in old age? A healthy body and mind, above all. But also a comfortable home in a nice place to live. Family and friends close by. And enough money to benefit from all those good things in life, like travel, books, movies and museums and the other pleasures one never has enough time to enjoy while working and bringing up a family.
Chances are that if you were fortunate enough to get good education and the skills you needed, and if you found and kept a good job, both in terms of pay and working conditions, your life in retirement will be pleasant. Even if you need long-term care and personal help, you are likely to have access to good quality services because you are insured and you can pay for them.Read more

Combating BEPS and making sure we have fair tax systems: An OECD/G20 Venture
Last weekend, the OECD presented its first BEPS recommendations to the G20 for an international approach to put an end to so-called “stateless income”. Seven “Actions” are being proposed, as part of a 15-point plan.
Ensure the coherence of corporate income taxation at the international level, through new model tax and treaty provisions to neutralise hybrid mismatch arrangements (Action 2).
The basic idea behind hybrids is to have the same entity or transaction treated differently by different countries to avoid paying tax. A typical hybrid instrument would allow a company to treat something as debt in one country and equity in another. Hybrid transfers are arrangements that are treated as transfer of ownership of an asset in one country but as a loan with collateral in another. By playing off one country’s tax system against another, like children sometimes do with their parents when they try to get what they want, the most successful hybrids achieve double non-taxation – the company doesn’t pay tax anywhere. Read more

The climate is changing, so should we
The UN Climate Summit opens today at UN headquarters in New York. The OECD’s Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, will be chairing the session on “The Economic Case for Climate Action,” where global leaders and world renowned experts, from China, India, Mexico and the United States will be discussing The New Climate Economy Report: Better Growth, Better Climate, by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.
The OECD Environment Directorate has produced two videos to explain key issues. Read more

The lost decade: in search of “Social Europe”
The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s new EU Social Justice Index is unequivocal: social conditions, notably in terms of poverty and unemployment, have worsened in most EU countries since 2009, often significantly so. This reflects the financial and economic crisis, but also the eurozone’s response to it, as “the rigid austerity policies pursued during the crisis and the structural reforms aimed at economic and budgetary stabilization have had, in most countries, negative effects with regard to social justice.” The Index adds: “the cuts induced by the crisis are not administered in a balanced way throughout the population.” Only three countries – Luxembourg, Germany and Poland – have seen significant improvement in recent years. Read more

Eradicating Ebola is a political challenge too
On 18 September, the UN Security Council, in its first ever emergency meeting on a public health crisis, declared that “the ‘unprecedented extent’ of the Ebola outbreak in Africa constituted a threat to international peace and security”. NGOs have been sounding the alarm for some time. Médecins Sans Frontières’s international President Joanne Liu, said that “six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it.” The World Health Organization warns that things are going to get worse before they get better. Read more

Using happiness data in policy making
The happiness revolution is in full swing. Country statistical offices are beginning to collect data on wellbeing, the OECD has prepared a manual on how best to do it, and politicians are promising to focus, not just on economic growth and better material living standards, but on the much wider range of things that are important to people. This broadening of policy is much to be welcomed, as is the wider understanding of the inadequacies of GDP as an exclusive national target. And even if the data on wellbeing have their problems and their critics, a flawed but broader measure, such as wellbeing, can lead to better policy than a flawed but narrow one, such as income. Read more

There’s no bailout option for the climate
Saving the Earth’s climate is sometimes compared to saving the world’s financial system following the crisis in 2007. But it’s not. The taxpayer saved the financial system by bailing it out a cost of trillions of dollars over a very short period, but there is no bailout option for the climate. If we let things go on as they are until disaster threatens, we’ll have no way of preventing disaster, however much we spend.
The consequences of inaction are stark. Our recent projections show that impacts of unabated climate change could dampen global GDP in 2060 by some 1.5% on average, and by almost 6% in South and Southeast Asia. Read more

Mobilising towards a new era of innovation
Some 50 years ago, Japan entered into the period of post-recovery after the Second World War, while consolidating its path for economic growth and making a comeback on the international scene. Japan’s accession to the OECD was symbolic in that respect. Another symbol was the Tokyo Olympic Games, which triggered a transformation of Japan’s international image, thanks to improvements in its physical infrastructure, transportation systems and services. A new expressway network had been built across Tokyo, the new Shinkansen high-speed “bullet” train now relayed Tokyo and Osaka in four hours, and television began broadcasting in colour. Observer article

From globalisation to a new corporate culture
Non-nationals are starting to make an impact in top Japanese firms. But will other firms take notice? Changes in education would help.Observer article

See the results of the OECD Observer poll on whether deflation is a major risk in OECD countries: Results

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