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Rich Man, Poor Man: The Middle Classes -- Now You See Them, Now You Don't

OECD | Posted 02.15.2014 | Politics
OECD

In any case, defining "middle class" in purely economic terms misses a lot. That's because to be middle class is as much a question of values as of income or wealth.

Media: Play Fair With Economic Reporting on Greece

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.15.2014 | Media
Robert Naiman

The Greek government is forecasting 0.6 percent economic growth in 2014, after six straight years of economic contraction. But the OECD doesn't agree with the Greek government's forecast of modest good news.

A New Majority for Our Schools, Our Solutions

Randi Weingarten | Posted 02.15.2014 | Education
Randi Weingarten

What if, instead of using international rankings to bash our students, schools and teachers, we learned from top-performing countries and applied their lessons for the benefit of all children?

If You Want the American Dream, Go to Finland

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The American dream --- the notion of equal opportunity for all, the chance to pull yourself up by your boot straps and make something of yourself --- is gone.

Rich Man, Poor Man: Poverty, Then And Now

OECD | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
OECD

Should we try to end poverty? "Yes," you reply, and wonder why we'd even ask. People in earlier times would have been surprised, too. And for them, the answer would have been equally obvious -- "no."

Prosperity Knocks

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Sir Peter Westmacott

Growth is not as strong as we want it to be. Investment and exports are too low. To take on these issues, we need to keep bearing down on the deficit and making life easier for businesses -- both those already in the UK and international firms that want to invest.

LOOK: This Is How Preschool Impacts Student Outcomes

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.09.2013 | World

If policymakers want to improve students’ scores on international exams, they should start by bettering education options for their littlest learner...

Reforming Education -- Where to Start?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 01.28.2014 | HuffPost Home
Andreas Schleicher

When faced with challenging issues, we all know that a good way to compile a selection of possible solutions is to look around and see how others have...

STEM Sells: Getting the Female Perspective on Math

John K. Herr | Posted 01.27.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Testing must be made relevant to the everyday lives of teen and 'tween girls. What are their actual dreams and aspirations? Let's take a cue from GoldieBlox and design math tests "from the female perspective."

Latin American Growth: Increased Prosperity And Inclusiveness

OECD | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
OECD

Countries must put in place necessary reforms to safeguard the progress achieved to date and continue addressing the region's longer-term challenges, notably slow productivity growth, poverty and high inequality.

Age Management: Best Employers Lead the Way

Bradley Schurman | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Bradley Schurman

Access to employment is one of the most challenging issues facing older people today. However, organizations and nations have largely ignored the substantial demographic shifts over the past century. Humanity has increased life expectancy by nearly 30 years over the past century and this "longevity bonus" increases opportunities for individuals, as well as society.

OECD: Poor People At Risk Of Long-Term Health Problems

Reuters | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

(Fixes typo in first paragraph) By Kate Kelland LONDON, Nov 21 (Reuters) - Total health spending fell in one in three O...

The World in 50 Years - An Energy Perspective

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Badr Jafar

If we are to succeed in seeing a less polluted, yet still prosperous, future, governments and societies alike must focus policy on promoting the fuels which strike the right balance between cost, scalability, efficiency, and environmental impact.

Government Trust Takes A Hit From Economic Crisis

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BRUSSELS — BRUSSELS (AP) — A leading international economic think-tank says the financial crisis of the past few years has severely sapped con...

'Green News Report' - October 24, 2013

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport FACEBOOK: Green News Report The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S ...

A Billion-dollar Opportunity for Developing Countries

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The decision by Switzerland to share tax information, which still has to be ratified, is the latest addition to radically increased transparency of tax information over the last five years.

Climate Change This Week: The Beetles Are Baaaaack, Drunken Forests, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 12.16.2013 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

The Beetles Are Baaaaaack... and Now They're Decimating Spruce Forests with climate change, reports Katie Valentine at Climate Progress. Over the pas...

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

Andrew W. Wyckoff | Posted 12.10.2013 | World
Andrew W. Wyckoff

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. And in a time of rising inequality, to do so equitably and fairly is even tougher. Innovation - whi...

Fitzgeraldean Self-Reflections and Austria

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 12.09.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

With a new grand coalition government -- the incumbent government has been in power since 2008 -- slowly reforming between the two, Austria is entering another period of stagnation.

Don't Believe the Talking Points, Republicans Don't Want to Bargain

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Obama is happy to negotiate. If Republicans want to prove that they are, it will take more than a photo-op -- it will take concessions.

Joy Resmovits

Americans Below World Average In Math, Reading, Problem-Solving

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

The scores for what's billed as the world's most comprehensive adult skills exam are out -- and it's bad news for Americans. Americans performed b...

It's Time to Reform Farm Support

Ken Ash | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ken Ash

'Business as usual' is not an option either if the global food and agriculture system is to meet the planet's food, feed and fuel needs amidst competing demands for water, land and biodiversity resources and the uncertain impacts of climate change.

Intrapreneurship Presents Solutions for MENA's Large Public Sector

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Intrapreneurship is characterized by the "start up" style of management, characterized by flexibility, innovation, and risk-taking. The objective is to circumvent bureaucracy and fast-track private sector development by harnessing or taking advantage of new opportunities and new processes or designs.

Who Are the All-round Top Students?

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 10.29.2013 | Impact
Andreas Schleicher

Just because a student is a top performer in one subject does not necessarily mean that the student excels in all subjects

A Decade of Aid Dependence in Liberia

Blair Glencorse | Posted 10.22.2013 | World
Blair Glencorse

To give Liberia a better chance at overcoming its past and moving toward a more prosperous future, the international community must escape from its self-perpetuating cycle of underachievement.