Working Papers


26-January-2010

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The automobile industry in and beyond the crisis

This paper considers the role of the automobile industry in the current cycle. It shows that the industry is economically important and its cycle is intertwined with business cycles.

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18-December-2009

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How to reform the Belgian tax system to enhance economic growth

Individual elements in the Belgian tax system affect the growth process through different channels and to a varying degree.

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17-December-2009

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Product market regulation in Russia

This paper uses the OECD’s indicators of product market regulation (PMR) to assess the extent to which the regulatory environment in Russia supports competition and to draw attention to the areas where further reform efforts would pay dividends.

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10-December-2009

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Health-care reform in Japan: controlling costs, improving quality and ensuring equity

Japan’s health-care system has provided universal access to care and contributed to the outstanding health status of the Japanese. Public spending has been kept below the OECD average through high co-payment rates and reductions in medical fees.

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10-December-2009

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Recent Oil Price Movements– Forces and Policy Issues

This paper considers major forces behind the evolution of the oil price, using a simple model of supply and demand elasticities as a benchmark, highlights implications for inflation and economic activity and draws some conclusions for macroeconomic policy.

3-December-2009

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Promoting competition to strengthen economic growth in Belgium

Prices for many goods and services in Belgium are higher than in other countries, reflecting generally weak competitive pressures.

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3-November-2009

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Russia’s long and winding road to a more efficient and resilient banking sector

This paper discusses the policy imperatives in the short term, in the face of the ongoing economic crisis, and reforms that could be implemented over the longer term to improve the efficiency and resilience of the financial system and raise Russia’s potential growth rate.

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3-November-2009

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How do institutions affect structural unemployment in times of crises?

This paper examines the effect of economic crises on structural unemployment using an Autoregressive Distributed Lags model and accounting for the role of institutional settings.

3-November-2009

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Pedal to the metal: Structural reforms to boost long-term growth in Mexico and spur recovery from the crisis

While Mexico’s growth performance has gradually improved over the past decades, its convergence toward OECD countries has been less rapid than in several other emerging markets.

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3-November-2009

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Achieving higher performance: Enhancing spending efficiency in health and education in Mexico

Despite progress over the past two decades Mexico’s health and education indicators remain well below the average of the OECD and some of its Latin American emerging market peers.

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