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OECD Factbook 2011-2012

Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics

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OECD Factbook 2011/12 is a comprehensive and dynamic statistical annual publication from the OECD. More than 100 indicators cover a wide range of areas: agriculture, economic production, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health, industry, information and communications, international trade, labour force, population, taxation, public expenditure, and R&D. This year, to commemorate the OECD 50th anniversary, the OECD Factbook features a focus chapter on 50 years of OECD statistics.

Data are provided for all OECD member countries including area totals, and in some cases for selected non-member economies (including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia & South Africa). For each indicator, there is a two-page spread: a text page includes a short introduction followed by a detailed definition of the indicator, comments on comparability of the data, an assessment of long-term trends related to the indicator and a list of references for further information on the indicator; the opposite page contains a table and a graph providing - at a glance - the key message conveyed by the data. A dynamic link (StatLink) is provided for each table where readers can download the corresponding data.

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Education

In the last 50 years, OECD countries have transformed their views on educational outcomes, moving past the simplistic “more is better” approach to one that takes into account the quality of the competencies that the students acquire during their education. Since its inception, the OECD has emphasised the role of education and human capital in helping to drive both economic and social development. This focus has seen the pool of human capital expand and develop significantly in OECD countries since 1961.

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