Working Papers


  • 31-January-2012

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    Reforming education in England

    Despite significant increases in spending on child care and education during the last decade, PISA scores suggest that educational performance remains static, uneven and strongly related to parents’ income and background.

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  • 31-January-2012

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    Structural change and the current account: the case of Germany

    Using empirical evidence from panel analysis of current account dynamics and of bilateral trade balances, the paper argues that the large German current account surplus during the 2000s can be explained by an increasing gap between productivity growth in manufacturing vis-à-vis services.

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  • 12-January-2012

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    Less income inequality and more growth – are they compatible? Part 2. The distribution of labour income

    This paper explores the role of macroeconomic factors and structural policies in shaping the distribution of labour income.

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  • 12-January-2012

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    Less income inequality and more growth – are they compatible? Part 1. Mapping income inequality across the OECD

    Countries differ widely with respect to the level of labour income inequality among individuals of working age. Labour income inequality is shaped by differences in wage rates, hours worked and inactivity rates.

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  • 12-January-2012

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    Less income inequality and more growth – are they compatible? Part 4. Top incomes

    Over the past decades, top incomes have soared, especially in the English-speaking countries. Despite a considerable amount of research on top income developments, there is still substantial disagreement about the causes for their rapid increase.

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  • 12-January-2012

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    Less income inequality and more growth – are they compatible? Part 6. The distribution of wealth

    The wealth distribution within OECD countries is very concentrated and much more so than the income distribution. Wealth dispersion is especially high in the United States and Sweden.

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  • 2-January-2012

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    Exploring determinants of subjective wellbeing in OECD countries – evidence from the World Value Survey

    The paper explores issues with assessing wellbeing in OECD countries based on self-reported life satisfaction surveys in a pooled regression over time and countries, at the country level and the OECD average.

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  • 2-January-2012

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    Russia: progress in structural reform and framework conditions

    In the 16 years since the OECD began conducting Economic Surveys of the Russian Federation, a great many policy recommendations relating to structural reform and framework conditions have been made.

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  • 19-December-2011

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    Employment Protection Legislation and Plant-Level Productivity in India

    Using plant-level data from the Annual Survey of Industries for the fiscal years 1998-99 through 2007-08, this study provides plant-level cross-state/time-series evidence of the impact of employment protection legislation on total factor productivity¨and labour productivity in India.

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  • 12-December-2011

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    How to improve the economic policy framework for the housing market in Israel

    Israeli house prices have risen by over 50% over the past three years. In part this reflects the fact that for several years housing construction had not kept pace with increases in the number of households.

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