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Persistent Heterogeneity of R&D Intensities within Sectors: Evidence and Policy Implications

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has recently launched the following Working Paper: Persistent heterogeneity of R&D intensities within sectors: Evidence and policy implications, by Alex Coad. Do firms in the same sector converge towards the same R&D intensities? Previous research has often assumed this to be true. A closer examination, using microdata …
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Education at a Glance 2015

The OECD has just released the latest edition of the OECD’s annual “Education at a Glance.” According to the study, governments need to tackle persistent inequalities in education and focus on improving efficiencies in their education systems in order to ensure that every child, whatever their background, can realise their full potential and benefit from a …
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The EU in the World

Eurostat has just released the latest edition of the publication The EU in the World. The 2015 edition provides a portrait of the EU, considered as a single entity in relation to other major economies of the world. The study compares the European Union (EU) with the 15 non-EU G-20 countries across thirteen statistical fields …
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Maternity and Paternity at Work

Contrary to received wisdom, the economic crisis in some countries has lent unexpected support to families in some countries, according to an ILO report titled “Maternity and Paternity at Work: Law and Practice Across the World.” Besides bringing cuts to public spending and tax rises, the 2008 crisis also resulted in some positive changes in …
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Pensions at a Glance 2013

The OECD has just published the report, “Pensions at a Glance 2013.” According to the study, recent reforms of pension systems have helped to contain the rise in future cost resulting from ageing populations and increasing life expectancy. Governments now need to do more to encourage people to work longer and save more for their …
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Education at a Glance 2013

The OECD has just released the latest edition of the OECD’s annual “Education at a Glance.” According to the study, a good education is the best insurance against a lack of work experience. The jobs gap between well-educated young people and those who left school early has continued to widen during the crisis. The crisis …
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22-Country Study of Universal Health Coverage

The World Bank has just released a set of 22 case studies of countries that have significantly expanded access to health care in the last decade, with the aim of helping countries make more informed health policy and program choices. Researchers looked systematically at countries’ experiences with a set of parameters related to achieving UHC, …
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