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Business & Markets

   World Economic Outlook, April 2011 : Tensions from the Two-Speed Recovery: Unemployment, Commodities, and Capital Flows
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
April 11, 2011
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=24323

The April 2011 edition of the World Economic Outlook assesses the global prospects for economic growth in the face of policy challenges that remain unaddressed and new challenges now coming to the fore.The recovery is gaining strength, but unemployment remains high in advanced economies, and new mac....
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   World Economic Outlook, September 2011: Slowing Growth, Rising Risks
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
September 20, 2011
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=24738

The September 2011 edition of the World Economic Outlook assesses the prospects for the global economy, which is now in a dangerous new phase. Global activity has weakened and become more uneven, confidence has fallen sharply recently, and downside risks are growing. Against a backdrop of unresolved....
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   World Economic Outlook, April 2012
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
April 17, 2012
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=25342

The April 2012 issue of the World Economic Outlook assesses the prospects for the global economy, which has gradually strengthened after a major setback during 2011. The threat of a sharp global slowdown eased with improved activity in the United States and better policies in the euro area. Weak rec....
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   World Economic Outlook, October 2012 : Coping with High Debt and Sluggish Growth
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
October 8, 2012
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=25845

The October 2012 World Economic Outlook (WEO) assesses the prospects for the global recovery in light of such risks as the ongoing euro area crisis and the "fiscal cliff" facing U.S. policymakers. Reducing the risks to the medium-term outlook implies reducing public debt in the major advanced econom....
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   World Economic Outlook, April 2013
IMF Publications - World Economic Outlook
April 16, 2013
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=40201

Global economic prospects have improved again, but the bumpy recovery and skewed macroeconomic policy mix in advanced economies are complicating policymaking in emerging market economies. Chapter 3 examines the prospects for inflation, particularly because inflation was remarkably stable in the wake....
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Economic Development

   The project Community Development Program Support Project-Phase III is now in the pipeline.
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


The project Community Development Program Support Project-Phase III is now in the pipeline. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank p....
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   The project Uganda Grid Expansion and Reinforcement Project (GERP) is now in the pipeline.
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


The project Uganda Grid Expansion and Reinforcement Project (GERP) is now in the pipeline. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank pr....
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   The project Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project has changed to Active
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


The project Kariba Dam Rehabilitation Project has changed to Active. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank project database

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   The project Skills for jobs and competitiveness has changed to Active
World Bank - Africa Region
December 11, 2014


The project Skills for jobs and competitiveness has changed to Active. To see more information, see the project information in the World Bank project database Read More

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   The project Public Investment Management and Governance Support Project is now in the pipeline.
World Bank - Africa Region
December 9, 2014


The project Public Investment Management and Governance Support Project is now in the pipeline. To see more information, see the project information in the World Ba....
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Education & Jobs

   Joining the battle against extremism (OECD Education&Skills Today Blog)
OECD - Education
January 22, 2016
http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.fr/2016/01/joining-battle-against-extremism.html

Whoever has a hammer sees every problem as a nail. Those in the security business tend to see the answer to radicalism and terrorism in military might, and those in the financial business in cutting flows of money. ....
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   21st Century Children (OECD Education&Skills Today Blog)
OECD - Education
January 18, 2016
http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.fr/2016/01/21st-century-children.html

What is the nature of modern childhood? Released today, the book Trends Shaping Education 2016 looks at major social, demographic, economic and technological trends affecting the future of education....
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   Can students be overconnected? (OECD Education&Skills Today Blog)
OECD - Education
January 12, 2016
http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.fr/2016/01/can-students-be-overconnected.html

Most 15-year-olds in OECD countries spend at least some time each day wandering through cyberspace as part of their media diet.....
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   PISA in Focus No. 59 - Does it matter how much time students spend on line outside of school?
OECD - Education
January 12, 2016
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/5jm5fb7cq0zp-en

In 2012, 15-year-old students spent over two hours on line each day, on average across OECD countries. The most common online activities among 15-year-olds were browsing the Internet for fun and participating in social networks, with over 70% of students doing one of these every day or almost every ....
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   Is the gender gap in higher education widening? (OECD Education&Skills Today Blog)
OECD - Education
January 11, 2016
http://oecdeducationtoday.blogspot.fr/2016/01/is-gender-gap-in-higher-education.html

One of the most remarkable consequences of the expansion of education in OECD countries over the past decades is the reversal of the gender gap in education. From outright exclusion and discrimination in educational institutions less than a century ago, girls and young women have conquered schools a....
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Energy & Infrastructure

   Clean-development investments : an incentive-compatible CGE modeling framework
World Bank - Energy
December 10, 2013


The Clean Development Mechanism established under the Kyoto Protocol allows industrialized Annex I countries to offset part of their domestic emissions by investing in emissions-reduction projects in developing non-Annex I countries. Computable general equilibrium analysis of the Clean Development M....
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   The benefits of solar home systems :an analysis from Bangladesh
World Bank - Energy
December 11, 2013


The Government of Bangladesh, with help from the World Bank and other donors, has provided aid to a local agency called Infrastructure Development Company Limited and its partner organizations to devise a credit scheme for marketing solar home system units and making these an affordable alternative ....
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   Making informed investment decisions in an uncertain world : a short demonstration
World Bank - Energy
February 2, 2014


Governments invest billions of dollars annually in long-term projects. Yet deep uncertainties pose formidable challenges to making near-term decisions that make long-term sense. Methods that identify robust decisions have been recommended for investment lending but are not widely used. This paper se....
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   Does energy consumption respond to price shocks ? evidence from a regression-discontinuity design
World Bank - Energy
February 24, 2014


This paper exploits unique features of a recently introduced tariff schedule for natural gas in Buenos Aires to estimate the short-run impact of price shocks on residential energy utilization. The schedule induces a nonlinear and non-monotonic relationship between households' accumulated consumption....
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   Long-term mitigation strategies and marginal abatement cost curves : a case study on Brazil
World Bank - Energy
March 17, 2014


Decision makers facing abatement targets need to decide which abatement measures to implement, and in which order. This paper investigates the ability of marginal abatement cost (MAC) curves to inform this decision, reanalysing a MAC curve developed by the World Bank on Brazil. Misinterpreting MAC c....
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General Economics

   Family Violence and Football: The Effect of Unexpected Emotional Cues on Violent Behavior
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p103-143.html

We study the link between family violence and the emotional cues associated with wins and losses by professional football teams. We hypothesize that the risk of violence is affected by the "gain-loss" utility of game outcomes around a rationally expected reference point. Our empirical analysis uses ....
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   Outside and Inside Liquidity
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p259-321.html

We propose an origination-and-contingent-distribution model of banking, in which liquidity demand by short-term investors (banks) can be met with cash reserves (inside liquidity) or sales of assets (outside liquidity) to long-term investors (hedge funds and pension funds). Outside liquidity is a mor....
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   Financial Contracting Under Imperfect Enforcement
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p323-371.html

We develop a model of financial contracting under imperfect enforcement. Financial contracts are designed to keep entrepreneurs from diverting project returns, but enforcement is probabilistic and penalties are limited. The model rationalizes the prevalence of straight debt and common stock, and its....
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   Macroeconomic Effects From Government Purchases and Taxes<xref ref-type="fn" rid="fn32"></xref>
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i1p51-102.html

For U.S. annual data that include World War II, the estimated multiplier for temporary defense spending is 0.4--0.5 contemporaneously and 0.6--0.7 over 2 years. If the change in defense spending is "permanent" (gauged by Ramey's defense news variable), the multipliers are higher by 0.1--0.2. Since a....
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   Fear of Fire Sales, Illiquidity Seeking, and Credit Freezes
The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press
November 30, 2010
https://ideas.repec.org/a/oup/qjecon/v126y2011i2p557-591.html

Is there any need to clean up a banking system by closing some banks and forcing others to sell assets if the risk of a crisis becomes high? Impaired banks that may be forced to sell illiquid assets in the future have private incentives to hold, rather than sell, those assets Anticipating a potentia....
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Governance & Policy

   Modernizing China's Growth Paradigm
IMF Publications - Policy Discussion Papers
March 1, 2006
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=18848

China has achieved tremendous economic progress in the last three decades, but there is much work to be done to make the economy resilient to large shocks, ensure the sustainability of its growth, and translate this growth into corresponding improvements in the economic welfare of its citizens. We d....
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   Strengthening Transparency in the Oil Sector in Cameroon: Why Does it Matter?
IMF Publications - Policy Discussion Papers
March 1, 2006
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=18918

There has been a growing recognition of the importance of transparency for economic growth and social development in oil producing countries. This paper analyzes transparency issues in Cameroon's oil sector. It shows that, while substantial efforts have already been undertaken, continued action is n....
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   Trade Issues in the Doha Round: Dispelling Some Misconceptions
IMF Publications - Policy Discussion Papers
August 1, 2006
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=19398

The current round of multilateral trade negotiations-the Doha Round-presents an opportunity for countries to reap the benefits of trade liberalization. Unfortunately, a number of misconceptions about the likely impact of trade reforms has, in part, impeded more rapid progress toward completion of th....
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   Lessons from Successful Labor Market Reformers in Europe
IMF Publications - Policy Discussion Papers
May 1, 2007
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=20652

Welfare states can be reformed successfully, and popular support for reforms can be maintained. But this requires an internally consistent package of labor market, fiscal, and product market reforms, including some kind of buy-in, through, for example, tax cuts. Empirical analysis combined with a se....
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   Conquering Fear of Floating--Australia's Successful Adaptation to a Flexible Exchange Rate
IMF Publications - Policy Discussion Papers
July 1, 2007
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=21171

Australia has enjoyed fifteen years of uninterrupted economic expansion since 1992 despite shocks such as the Asian crisis in 1997-98 and the information technology bust in 2000-01. This resilient economic performance owes much to wide-ranging structural reforms and the improved frameworks for monet....
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Health & Welfare

   Graph of the Month
OECD - Health
January 15, 2016
http://www.oecd.org/health/graph-of-the-month.htm

The OECD Health Division is releasing a new series to highlight its work on health policies and data. A new graph will be available each month. ....
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   The Mexican health care system has made great progress during the last decade – but the remaining challenges are daunting
OECD - Health
January 6, 2016
http://www.oecd.org/health/the-mexican-health-care-system-has-made-great-progress-during-the-last-decade-but-the-remaining-challenges-are-daunting.htm

In the ten years since the introduction of Seguro Popular, some 50 million Mexicans previously at risk of unaffordable health care bills now have access to health insurance. The OECD Review of Health Systems: Mexico 2016 finds that the share of the population exposed to unaffordable or impoverishing....
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   Colombia still faces challenges to improve health care quality
OECD - Health
December 10, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/health/colombia-still-faces-challenges-to-improve-health-care-quality.htm

Colombia has significantly improved its health system over the past 20 years, leading to a rise in life expectancy and a fall in infant mortality. To maintain its ambition of universal, high-quality health care, Colombia should now focus on improving efficiency and strengthening financial sustainabi....
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   Australia should build on the mental health reform to strengthen employment outcomes of people with mental health issues
OECD - Health
December 6, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/health/australia-should-build-on-the-mental-health-reform-to-strengthen-employment-outcomes-of-people-with-mental-health-issues.htm

The recent mental health reform is an important step towards better services for people with mental ill-health, but Australia needs to do more to help people with mild to moderate mental health issues at and into work, according to a new OECD report.....
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   OECD Health Update - Autumn 2015
OECD - Health
November 27, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/newsletter/els/health-update-autumn-2015/

The latest OECD news on health, focusing on the releases of "Health at a Glance 2015", the "OECD Review of Health Care Quality: Australia 2015", and the report "Fiscal Sustainability of Health Systems: Bridging Health and Finance Perspectives", among many other Autumn releases, and on the G7 Health ....
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Housing & Demography

   Local responses to refugee crisis: from initial reception to longer term integration
OECD - Regional Development
April 29, 2016
http://www.oecd.org/regional/call-local-refugees.htm

The OECD LEED Programme launches this "Call for Initiatives" to extract what local authorities and other actors know works, what the new scenario is demanding and how equipped they are to respond. We are interested in learning from the experiences of EU member countries, the wider OECD area as well ....
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   OECD LEED Webinar Series on "Local economic resilience and adaptability to long-term challenges" - Part Two: Resilience in Practice
OECD - Regional Development
January 22, 2016
http://www.oecd.org/regional/webinar4-resilience.htm

The webinars will enable serious discussion on the concept of ‘local economic resilience’ in an informal setting that facilitates interaction and questions. The format will feature presentations from policy experts and a roundtable discussion with the audience.....
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   Project: Local economic strategies for shrinking and ageing labour markets
OECD - Regional Development
January 13, 2016
http://www.oecd.org/regional/leed/ageinglabourmarkets.htm

The project will identify the policy levers and instruments that can be helpful in the design of strategies to accompany the transition to older local labour markets, and identify how national policy frameworks can best support these transformations.....
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   Regional Studies Association Institutional Ambassador Award
OECD - Regional Development
December 8, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/regional/rsa-institutional-award.htm

The Regional Development Policy Division was honoured to have been selected by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) to receive the Institutional Ambassador Award 2015 on 18 November. The award is in recognition of the high calibre of reports and measurement tools produced by the Regional Developme....
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   OECD Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers
OECD - Regional Development
December 3, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/urban/roundtable/

Mayors and ministers gathered for the 6th OECD Roundtable concluded that the solution to climate change will happen in cities. National governments alone will not be able to tackle environmental challenges, sustainable development should include cities and their governments as main stakeholders. Cre....
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Natural Resources

   Sugar & Sweeteners Outlook: January 2016
US Dept of Agriculture - Publications
January 19, 2016
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/sssm-sugar-and-sweeteners-outlook/sssm329.aspx

The Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook for January reviews the sugar and sweeteners market conditions for the United States and Mexico based on changes to the January World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE). It also provides a summary of the high-fructose corn syrup market....
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   Livestock, Dairy, & Poultry Outlook: January 2016
US Dept of Agriculture - Publications
January 19, 2016
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ldpm-livestock,-dairy,-and-poultry-outlook/ldpm-259.aspx

The Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook for January 2016 analyzes economic impacts of events based on projections from USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Use Estimates Report for beef, pork, lamb, poultry, eggs, and dairy production and trade.....
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   Feed Outlook: January 2016
US Dept of Agriculture - Publications
January 14, 2016
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/fds-feed-outlook/fds-16a.aspx

The January 2016 Feed Outlook report contains projections for the 2015/16 U.S. and global feed markets based on the most current World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. ....
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   Rice Outlook: January 2016
US Dept of Agriculture - Publications
January 14, 2016
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/rcs-rice-outlook/rcs-16a.aspx

The January 2016 Rice Outlook analyzes both the U.S. and global rice markets based on the latest projections contained in USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. ....
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   Cotton & Wool Outlook Tables: January 2016
US Dept of Agriculture - Publications
January 14, 2016
http://www.ers.usda.gov/publications/cws-cotton-and-wool-outlook/cws-16a.aspx

The January 2016 Cotton and Wool Outlook tables provide the latest fiber and textile product data.....
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Science & Technology

   The Netherlands should invest in the long-term sustainability of the food and agricultural system
OECD - Innovation
November 26, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/innovation/the-netherlands-should-invest-in-the-long-term-sustainability-of-the-food-and-agricultural-system.htm

The food and agricultural system in the Netherlands is innovative and export-oriented, with high value-added along the food chain and significant world export shares for many products. To maintain and build on this performance, government policy should increasingly focus on measures to boost innovat....
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   Creating our Common Future through Science, Technology and Innovation: OECD Daejeon Ministerial Meeting, Korea
OECD - Innovation
October 20, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/innovation/sti-ministerial-2015.htm

The OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy is holding a Ministerial level meeting in Daejeon, Korea on 20-21 October 2015.....
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   Governments must step up R&D in frontier technology
OECD - Innovation
October 19, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/innovation/governments-must-step-up-rd-in-frontier-technology.htm

Countries should step up their investment in long-term R&D to develop frontier technologies that will reshape industry, healthcare and communications and provide urgently needed solutions to global challenges like climate change, according to a new OECD report. ....
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   The OECD Innovation Strategy - 2015 revision
OECD - Innovation
October 9, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/innovation/innovation-imperative.htm

The Innovation Imperative - Contributing to Productivity, Growth and Well-Being....
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   Fostering a Data-Driven Public Sector: realising the potential of government data - "E-Leaders" meeting, Tokyo
OECD - Innovation
September 29, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/governance/eleaders/

On 29-30 September 2015, the E-Leaders meeting will discuss how the Public Sector can make better use of public sector intelligence for policymaking and implementation, by better exploiting digital technologies and data, by embedding data use throughout the policy cycle, and by putting in place gove....
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Sustainability & Climate

   A Californian enigma: Record-high agricultural revenues during the most severe drought in history
OECD - Agriculture
December 9, 2015
http://oecdinsights.org/2015/12/09/a-californian-enigma-record-high-agricultural-revenues-during-the-most-severe-drought-in-history/

Drought in California has been in the headlines frequently these last three years, with startling pictures of empty reservoirs, rivers and canals, wildfires, disappearing snowpack and dry earth. Yet these dramatic effects have not stopped the agricultural sector from growing.....
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   The Netherlands should invest in the long-term sustainability of the food and agricultural system
OECD - Agriculture
November 26, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/agriculture/the-netherlands-should-invest-in-the-long-term-sustainability-of-the-food-and-agricultural-system.htm

The food and agricultural system in the Netherlands is innovative and export-oriented, with high value-added along the food chain and significant world export shares for many products. To maintain and build on this performance, government policy should increasingly focus on measures to boost innovat....
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   Sahel & West Africa Week at Expo Milano
OECD - Agriculture
October 26, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/swac-expo-milano/

Organised in collaboration with Expo Milano 2015, the Sahel & West Africa Week from 26 to 30 October will raise public awareness of the Expo’s theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” from a West African perspective.....
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   Continued decline in OECD fisheries production erodes trade share, while Asia grows strongly
OECD - Agriculture
October 14, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/agriculture/continued-decline-in-oecd-fisheries-production-erodes-trade-share-while-asia-grows-strongly.htm

Fisheries production in OECD countries has declined by more than 39% since 1988 as overfishing reduces the productive capacity of the resource, according to a new OECD report.....
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   Viet Nam has made remarkable agricultural progress, but further policy action is required to address new and emerging challenges
OECD - Agriculture
September 30, 2015
http://www.oecd.org/agriculture/vietnam-has-made-remarkable-agricultural-progress-but-further-policy-action-is-required.htm

Economic reforms have generated impressive results in the Vietnamese agricultural sector, as farm production more than tripled over the 1990-2013 period, lifting rural incomes, reducing poverty, combatting under-nourishment and sending agro-food exports soaring.....
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Trade & Finance

   Global Financial Stability Report, October 2010
IMF Publications - Global Financial Stability Report
October 29, 2010
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=23543

The global financial system is still in a period of significant uncertainty. Although the ongoing recovery is expected to gradual strengthen balance sheets, progress toward stability has experienced a setback since the April 2010 GFSR. As discussed in this October 2010 report, policymakers in many a....
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   Global Financial Stability Report, April 2011 : Durable Financial Stability: Getting There from Here
IMF Publications - Global Financial Stability Report
April 13, 2011
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=24324

Despite ongoing economic recovery and improvements in global financial stability, structural weaknesses and vulnerabilities remain in some important financial systems. The April 2011 Global Financial Stability Report highlights how risks have changed over the past six months, traces the sources and ....
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   Global Financial Stability Report, September 2011: Grappling with Crisis Legacies
IMF Publications - Global Financial Stability Report
September 21, 2011
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=24745

The September 2011 Global Financial Stability Report cautions that the risks to global financial stability have increased substantially in recent months, during which heavy public debt burdens and weak growth prospects in many advanced economies combined with a series of shocks to the global financi....
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   Global Financial Stability Report, April 2012: The Quest for Lasting Stability
IMF Publications - Global Financial Stability Report
April 18, 2012
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=25343

The April 2012 Global Financial Stability Report assesses changes in risks to financial stability over the past six months, focusing on sovereign vulnerabilities, risks stemming from private sector deleveraging, and assessing the continued resilience of emerging markets. The report probes the implic....
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   Global Financial Stability Report, October 2012 : Summary version
IMF Publications - Global Financial Stability Report
November 30, 2012
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/cat/longres.aspx?sk=25846

The October 2012 Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) finds increased risks to the global financial system, with the euro area crisis the principal source of concern, and urges policymakers to act now to restore confidence, reverse capital flight, and reintegrate the euro zone. This GFSR present....
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