Working Papers


  • 3-February-2010

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    China’s labour market in transition: job creation, migration and regulation

    Over the past decade, the share of jobs not controlled by the state has increased considerably, whilst employment in agriculture has declined, against the backdrop of ongoing urbanisation.

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  • 3-February-2010

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    Improving China’s health care system

    Overall, health outcomes in China have improved tremendously over the past three decades, especially thanks to the reduction in some traditional infectious diseases.

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  • 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

    English

    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.

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