The Friday fish

Happy 2013, here's our first great trawl of the year!
OECD Observer

No 9: Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition; Crisis and corruption; Fiscal austerity and inequality -; -and long-term causes; Strong performers and reformers in education; Researching skills; Class size 

Winner of Global Data Visualisation Competition

A picture tells a thousand words, but designing compelling data charts with impact is never easy. In fact, some charts can complicate the story you are trying to tell. The recent ECD Global Data Visualisation Competition launched in September 2012 gathered visualisation ideas based on the OECD's Education at a Glance report. The judges were in no doubt as to the winner. To find out what, why and how, and how much in prize money, read on. More…

Crisis and corruption

Now, if you thought in the crisis corruption has gone away, well, it hasn't. And it may have got worse. Corruption worldwide pops an extra 10% on to the total cost of doing business. And that does not capture the hidden costs of business uncertainty, which has escalated in the crisis. The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría pulls no punches in this recent speech. More…

Fiscal austerity and inequality–

Austerity programmes and budget cuts may be having a negative impact on income distribution across the OECD, but it doesn't have to be that way. This working paper explains how. More…

–and long-term causes

Inequality has been a growing problem in many advanced countries for some time–over 30 years in some cases–though it took the crisis to bring it to the top of the policy agenda. What are the causes of income inequality in the longer run and how can it be reduced? This paper by the OECD's Economics Department looks at the roots of the problem and finds some of the main culprits, including technological change and weak employment protection. More…

Strong performers and reformers in education

How can schools do better? This video, produced in association with Pearson Foundation, profiles some policies and practices for improving education systems, in light of the OECD PISA surveys of 15 year-old children. More…

Researching skills

What are some of the key skills needed by researchers? While highly specialised technical skills may be the ones that come to mind, communications and problem solving abilities­–or transferable skills–are becoming ever more important, especially since researchers are embarking on increasingly diverse careers where collaboration, networking and multidisciplinary work are increasingly important. This recent study analyses countries' government and institutional level policies on formal training in transferable skills for researchers, from doctoral students through to experienced research managers. More…

Class size

Parents may see small class sizes as essential for their children's education. Governments may see them as too expensive in these lean times. What effect does class size have on educational outcomes and where should governments, and parents, place the emphasis to ensure that children receive a quality education? This brochure looks at different class sizes in a large group of countries and comes up with some policy suggestions. More…

The Friday fish #9 ©OECD Observer, 18 January 2013




Economic data

GDP growth: +0.6% Q4 2017 year-on-year
Consumer price inflation: 2.3% Mar 2018 annual
Trade: +2.7% exp, +3.0% imp, Q4 2017
Unemployment: 5.4% Mar 2018
Last update: 15 May 2018

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