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The OECD at 50
1. The OECD’s headquarters at the Château de la Muette in western Paris is associated with which pioneering aeronautical achievement?
A. The first manned flight
B. The first take-off of Concorde
C. The first Sputnik signal captured in the West
2. The OECD is the successor to the Organisation for European Economic Cooperation (OEEC), which was set up in 1948 in part to administer Marshall Plan for war-ravaged Europe. Excluding the post-war German zones, which now-defunct European territory took part in the OEEC?
A. The Royal Republic of Ruritania
B. The Free Territory of Trieste
C. The Hanseatic League
3. OECD members are classed as developed countries. But one OECD member that joined in 2010 also belongs to the Group of 77, which represents developing countries?
4. OECD does not set international standards on:
5. “At 50,” George Orwell once wrote, “everyone has …
A. the face that he deserves.”
B. the right to party.”
C. the need of a good pension plan.”
Healthy, wealthy and wise
6. How many hours of compulsory instruction does the average OECD 15 year-old get each year?
7. How much does all that education cost, if you take the average per student in primary and secondary education?
8. The New York Times reported results from the latest round of the OECD’s PISA international student assessments under this headline: “Top Test Scores From *** Stun Educators”. Where was it referring to?
9. China was widely reported earlier this year as having become the world’s second largest economy. Which country did it overtake?
C. The United Kingdom
10. In which OECD country do people consult a doctor the most?
A. United States
Men, women and children
11. Hipster economists call it the “Mancession”. What are they talking about?
A. Mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot’s prediction of the financial crisis in The (Mis)Behaviour of Markets.
B. The high rates of job losses among men, compared to women, during the recession.
C. The trendy hip-hop expression, “that recession’s buggin’, man”.
12. The average height of a man in OECD countries is 177 cm. Which is the tallest OECD country?
A. The Netherlands
C. New Zealand
13. Still on men – sort of – what did Australia, Brazil and Costa Rica do for the first time in 2010?
A. They elected women leaders.
B. They elected women to half the seats in their legislatures.
C. They appointed women as heads of their central banks.
14. Which OECD country has the biggest proportion of children who’ve never been breastfed?
15. What is the average gap in earnings between men and women in full-time employment in OECD countries
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16. At the movies, this has been the year of 3D, but 3D is far less fun than a cartoon character popping out the screen for:
17. What’s a wondyrchoum and what did the government do about it?
A. A cattle pest. Ordered a quarantine.
B. A South African co-operative. Financed microcredit facilities.
C. A net. Set up a commission.
18. If you’re worried about your water footprint, you should drink more:
B. Fruit juice.
19. Challenged to name one social science proposition that was both true and non-trivial, Nobel laureate Paul Samuelson proposed:
A. Comparative advantage.
B. Quantitative easing.
C. Cognitive dissonance.
20. In 1916, state supervisor of rural schools in West Virginia L.J. Hanifan coined the term “social capital” and defined it as:
A. Goodwill, fellowship, sympathy, and social intercourse.
B. The material of my activity given to me as a social product.
C. Often in the case of professional men, setting out in life … their only capital.
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21. Which modern state was once the richest colony in the world, providing half of France’s gross national product?
22. Where do children think it’s OK to punch a woman in the face if she’s having an affair?
23. Which of these pairs uses the same amount of electricity?
A. Making a tonne of steel and lighting a London street 1.5 km long
B. New York City and sub-Saharan Africa
C. An MP3 player and a heart pacemaker
24. “Rat meat and trichinosis-laced pig parts” was used to describe:
A. The derivatives market
B. The science of economics
C. The accounts of a major financial institution
25. “How come nobody could foresee it?” was:
A. The CEO of Qantas asking meteorologists about the Icelandic ash cloud
B. Queen Elizabeth asking economists about the crisis
C. Bono asking the UN about famine in Niger.
(1) You probably won’t. (2) Our definition of major isn’t everybody’s.
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