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  • 30-July-2010

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    Korea: Health-care reform

    Korea’s health-care system has contributed to the marked improvement in health conditions, while limiting spending to one of the lowest levels in the OECD through high patient co-payments and limited coverage of public health insurance.

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  • 27-July-2010

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    Are global imbalances sustainable? Post-crisis scenarios

    This paper assesses the sustainability of global imbalances by testing for the presence of unit roots in the current account positions of the United States, China, Japan, Germany and the oil-exporting countries using a methodology that allows for structural breaks in levels and trends.

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  • 22-July-2010

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    European Union: Catching up and inflation: Balassa-Samuelson, Engel’s law and other culprits

    This study analyses the impact of economic catching up on annual inflation rates in the European Union with a special focus on the new member countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

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  • 22-July-2010

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    Poland: Preparing for euro adoption

    The paper focuses on the major structural reforms necessary to prepare for euro adoption that should allow a sustainable fulfilment of the Maastricht criteria and maximisation of the ensuing various benefits.

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  • 22-July-2010

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    Promoting potential growth: The role of structural reform

    The global crisis has left many G20 countries with an unenviable legacy of lower potential output and high government indebtedness. Global imbalances, which had narrowed during the recession, are now beginning to widen again, as the recovery takes hold.

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  • 5-July-2010

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    Gauging the impact of higher capital and oil costs on potential output

    Higher oil prices and the prospect of higher borrowing costs are likely to reduce the productive potential of OECD economies. The present study provides illustrative numerical estimates of the impact under different scenarios using a stylised model based on a production function.

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  • 23-June-2010

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    Meeting of NERO, 25 June 2010

    Meeting of NERO, 25 June 2010

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  • 17-June-2010

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    Chile: Boosting productivity growth by strengthening competition, entrepreneurship and innovation

    Productivity growth has declined since the late 1990s, slowing the catching-up process. Structural reforms to strengthen competition, entrepreneurship and innovation would go a long way toward enhancing it.

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  • 11-June-2010

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    Israeli Education Policy: How to Move Ahead in Reform

    Israel’s education system produces many tertiary graduates but there are wide gaps across society and core skills at secondary school are weak, as discussed in this working paper.

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  • 11-June-2010

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    Policy Options for Reducing Poverty and Raising Employment Rates in Israel

    Despite some best-practice policies, challenges remain in raising employment and lowering poverty, particularly among Arab-Israeli and Ultra-orthodox households, as discussed in this working paper.

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