Working Papers


  • 14-December-2016

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    Strengthening economic resilience: Insights from the post-1970 record of severe recessions and financial crises

    Given the enduring impact of severe recessions and financial crises, it is important to take measures to minimise the risk of such events. In so doing, the benefits of higher economic stability must be weighed against potential costs. Risk-mitigating measures can involve a trade-off between growth and crisis risk, thus the most cost-effective actions must be identified.

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  • 13-December-2016

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    Coping with creative destruction: reducing the costs of firm exit

    A policy framework that does not unduly inhibit the creative destruction process is vital to sustaining productivity growth. Yet, a key question is what happens to workers who lose their jobs due to this process and what are the policies that minimise the costs of worker displacement?

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  • 11-October-2016

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    Realising and expanding opportunities in the United States

    Measures that enable the acquisition of new skills and reduce mismatches between the demand and supply of existing skills can boost US economic growth and make its benefits more inclusive.

  • 11-October-2016

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    Unleashing private sector productivity in the United States

    Productivity growth has been sluggish since the Great Recession and had been slowing before it.

  • 3-August-2016

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    Strengthening competition in network sectors and the internal market in Canada

    Canada’s productivity performance has lagged that of many other OECD countries, despite some improvement in recent years.

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  • 27-July-2016

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    Boosting productivity in Finland

    Reviving productivity requires improving framework conditions further so labour and capital can more easily move to the most dynamic sectors and firms, making the tax system more growth-friendly, and supporting innovation, basic research and young firms’ financing.

  • 27-July-2016

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    Costa Rica: boosting productivity to sustain income convergence

    Boosting national productivity to sustain the convergence process towards OECD countries living standards will hinge on creating the right conditions for domestic firms to thrive and become more innovative and productive, while maintaining the long-standing commitment to open international markets and investment.

  • 27-July-2016

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    Boosting productivity through greater small business dynamism in Canada

    Small business dynamism is a feature of an SME sector that contributes to overall productivity growth, not an end in itself.

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  • 26-July-2016

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    Insolvency regimes and productivity growth: a framework for analysis

    This paper develops an analytical framework to identify the policies relevant for firm exit and the channels through which they shape aggregate productivity growth.

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  • 26-July-2016

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    Scaling new heights: achievements and future challenges for productivity convergence in Lithuania

    GDP per capita in Lithuania rose from one third to two thirds of the OECD average level between 1995 and 2014, despite internal and external crises. Productivity catch-up was critical to this process, although the level of labour productivity also remains around one-third below the OECD average.

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