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Friday 30 January 2015


Eurostat-OECD methodological guide for developing producer price indices for services. 2nd ed.

Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Eurostat. + Eurostat.

The International Producer Price Index Manual, Theory and Practice (PPI Manual) published by the IMF in 2004 consituted a landmark for international standards on price measurement and contains detailed, comprehensive information for the compilation of producer price indices as well as an extensive coverage of the conceptual and theoretical issues. This second edition of the Methodological Guide for Developing Producer Price Indices for Services (SPPI Guide) is a complement to the PPI Manual in two ways: it focuses on service-specific aspects in the PPI compilation by developing further the conceptual framework and it adds detailed descriptions of PPI measurement for a wide range of individual service industries. This second edition of the SPPI Guide has been jointly produced by the OECD, Eurostat, the members of a task Force with deleguates from 14 OECD/EU members countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, the United Kingdom and the United States)and in synergy with the Voorburg Group. Several countries contributed to the Guide by providing descriptions of service PPIs for individual industries, other countries were represented by national experts in at least one meeting of the Task Force.

  • ISBN: 9789264220669
  • £122.00

Education & Training

Great teachers: how to raise student learning in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Corporate Author:
World Bank
Barbara Bruns

The seven million teachers of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) are the critical actors in the region's efforts to improve education quality and raise student learning levels, which lag far behind those of OECD countries and East Asian countries such as China. This book documents the high economic stakes around teacher quality, benchmarks the current performance of LAC's teachers, and delineates the key issues. These include low standards for entry into teacher training, poor quality training programs that are detached from the realities of the classroom, unattractive career incentives, and weak support for teachers once they are on the job. New research conducted for this report in close to 15,000 classrooms in seven different LAC countries - the largest cross-country study of this kind to date - provides a first-ever insight into how the region's teachers perform inside the classroom. It documents that the average teacher in LAC loses the equivalent of one day of instructional time per week because of inadequate preparation, excessive time on administration (taking attendance, passing out papers) and a surprisingly high share of time physically absent from the classrooms where they should be teaching. Teachers also make limited use of available learning materials, especially those using information and communications technology (ICT), and are unable to keep the majority of their students engaged. The book sets out the three priority lines of reform needed to produce great teachers in LAC

  • ISBN: 9781464801518
  • £30.50


Seine Basin, Īle-de-France, 2014: resilience to major floods.

OECD reviews of risk management policies
Corporate Author:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

One of government's key responsibilities is to ensure that large metropolitan areas are resilient to major risks, so as to guarantee the safety and welfare of the public and maintain public confidence. In the light of the Great East Japan Earthquake or the flooding associated with Hurricane Sandy in New York, governments, local authorities and civil society have become increasingly aware of the fragility of major urban centres when faced with a disaster and of the degree to which critical systems are interconnected. Within the framework of global debate on climate change, it is important to question the capacity of cities to adapt to extreme events. Flooding in the region of Īle-de-France onthe scale seen during the historic flood of 1910 could constitute a major shock and pose an unprecedented challenge to public policy. The Greater Paris project provides a unique opportunity to promote good practices in resilience to encourage sustainable development.

  • ISBN: 9789264208711
  • £37.00


Oversight of the Private Infrastructure Group: thirty-third report of session 2014-15: report, together with the formal minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 675.
Corporate Author:
Committee of Public Accounts
Margaret Hodge (chairman)

The Department for International Development is the main funder of the Private Infrastructure Development Group, a multilateral agency which invests in infrastructure projects in developing countries. The Department has not used its position as by far the dominant funder of PIDG to influence the direction of its operations and improve its performance. The Department's oversight of PIDG has not been sufficiently 'hands on'. The Committee is concerned that the Department has insufficient assurance over the integrity of PIDG's investments and the companies with which it works and the Department has not done enough to put a stop to PIDG's wasteful travel policies and poor financial management.

  • ISBN: 9780215081216
  • £5.50