Labour markets, human capital and inequality

Focus

  • Economic Survey of Poland 2018

    Unlike in many other countries poverty and income inequality have fallen, and large family benefits introduced in 2016 have helped to bring down child poverty further.

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  • OECD Economic Outlook and Interim Economic Outlook

    Structural reform efforts should be revived, seizing the opportunity of the stronger economy to help secure a more robust recovery of productivity, investment and living standards.

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  • Economic Survey of Israel 2018

    Israel’s economy continues to register remarkable macroeconomic and fiscal performance. Growth is strong and unemployment low and falling. With low interest rates and price stability, financial policy is prudent, and public debt is comparatively low and declining.

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Enhancing Economic Flexibility: What Is in It for Workers?

Reforms that boost growth by enhancing economic flexibility often meet strong opposition related to concerns that they may imply adverse consequences for categories of workers. This study investigates how making product or labour market regulation more flexible changes workers’ risks of moving out of employment and jobless people’s chances of becoming employed.

 

BlogPost: What do pro-competitive policies IMPLY for workers?

Less income inequality and more growth - Are they compatible?

Can both less income inequality and more growth be achieved? A recent OECD study sheds new light on the link between policies that boost growth and the distribution of income. It suggests that there are win-win policy options: raising human capital is key, various labour market reforms can help and taxation can be made more equitable and growth friendly. But there are also reforms that lead to a trade-off between growth and equity.