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27-January-2009

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Making the most of Norwegian schools

Traditionally, the Norwegian compulsory education system has focused strongly on the linked goals of equal opportunities to learn, comprehensive and inclusive education.

23-January-2009

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Financial crises: Past lessons and policy implications

This overview paper examines the financial crisis in light of past country experience and economic theory and draws preliminary policy recommendations.

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16-January-2009

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Can the financial sector continue to be the main growth engine in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg is today one of the main international centres for investment funds. Besides the sector’s direct and indirect employment effects, the most important effect is the large tax revenue generating capacity of the sector, accounting directly for over 20% of aggregate tax revenues.

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18-November-2008

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Discussion of Peter Howitt’s "Competition, Innovation and Growth: Theory, Evidence and Policy Challenges"

OECD Chief Economist, Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel's presentation on 18 November, 2008 at the OECD-World Bank joint conference on innovation and sustainable growth in a globalized world.

4-June-2008

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The implications of supply-side uncertainties for economic policy

To address the current issues, this chapter starts by looking at simple ways of estimating the possible impact of recent increases in real energy and capital costs on potential growth.

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19-May-2008

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Moving Towards More Sustainable Healthcare Financing in Germany

The aim of the recent healthcare reform was to increase the sustainability of healthcare finances, by reducing its negative impact on employment and increasing cost-effectiveness via enhanced competition, as discussed in this working paper.

19-May-2008

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Improving Education Outcomes in Germany

This working paper suggests that while student achievement is above the OECD average in science and at the OECD average in reading and math according to the 2006 PISA study, weaker students tend to do badly by international comparison.

15-May-2008

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Housing permits as an advance indicator of housing investment

This note reports empirical work to quantify the relationship between permits and housing investment.

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25-April-2008

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Regulation of financial systems and economic growth

This paper examines whether regulation that is more conducive to competitive and efficient financial systems has a significant positive impact on sectoral output and productivity growth in a sample of 25 OECD countries. More specifically, following a methodology used by Rajan and Zingales (1998), the paper tests whether industries that depend more heavily on external sources of funding tend to grow faster in countries that have more

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25-April-2008

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The drivers of public expenditure on health and long-term care: An integrated approach

This paper proposes a framework for projecting public health and long-term care expenditures. It considers demographic and other (non-demographic) drivers of expenditures. The paper extends demographic drivers by incorporating death-related costs and the health status of the population. Concerning health care, the projections incorporate income and the effects of technology cum relative prices. For long-term care, the effects of

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