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  • 21-February-2017

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    Economics Department Working Papers

    List of all Economics Department Working Papers.

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  • 15-February-2017

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    Conquering utopia anew – Income inequality in Sweden

    Equality, a long-standing hallmark of Swedish society, carries multiple benefits in terms of economic performance, trust, opportunity and well-being.

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  • 15-February-2017

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    OECD Economic Surveys: Italy 2017

    Italy is recovering from a deep and long recession. Structural reforms, accommodative monetary and fiscal conditions, and low commodity prices have helped the economy to turn the corner. The Jobs Act, part of a wide and ambitious structural reform programme, and social security contribution exemptions have improved the labour market and raised employment. Yet, the recovery remains weak and productivity continues to decline. Returning the banking system to health will be crucial to revive growth and private investment. More investment in infrastructure will be essential to raise productivity. The government has made significant progress on tackling structural impediments to growth and productivity. Yet public-administration inefficiencies, slow judicial processes, poorly designed regulation and weak competition still make it difficult to do business in Italy. Labour and capital resources are trapped in low-productivity firms, which hold down wages and well-being. Innovative start-ups and SMEs continue to suffer from difficult access to bank and equity finance. Literacy scores are low and job-skill mismatch is one of the highest among OECD countries, depressing earnings and well-being. Many workers are under-skilled in the jobs they hold, highlighting mismatches between workers skills and those required by employers. Improving the education system and labour market policies are crucial to raising real wages, job satisfaction and living standards. The Jobs Act and the Good School reform go in the right direction and need to be fully implemented.

    SPECIAL FEATURES: RAISING INVESTMENT; ENHANCING SKILLS

  • 15-February-2017

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    Economic Survey of Italy 2017

    Italy is recovering after a deep and long recession. Structural reforms, accommodative monetary and fiscal conditions, and low commodity prices have helped the economy to turn the corner.

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  • 15-February-2017

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    Zuzana Smidova - Curriculum Vitae

    Zuzana Smidova - Curriculum Vitae

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  • 15-February-2017

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    Vincent Koen - Curriculum Vitae

    Vincent Koen - Curriculum Vitae

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  • 13-February-2017

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    Portugal needs stronger investment to maintain growth and improve living standards

    Portugal’s economy has successfully recovered from the strong recession that lasted until 2014. Nonetheless, the economy’s still low investment, which has declined far more than in other Euro area countries, remains a source of concern.

  • 9-February-2017

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    Structural reforms to revive growth in Europe: necessary but not sufficient

    After many years characterised by output losses or quasi-stagnation, steadier growth appears to be setting in across European economies

  • 8-February-2017

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    Economic Survey of Sweden 2017

    Sweden weathered the global financial and economic crisis with limited damage,thanks to strong macroeconomic, fiscal and financial fundamentals, as well as a competitive and diversified business sector.

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  • 7-February-2017

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    Economics Department Working Papers by cross country analysis

    This series of Working Papers is designed to make available, to a wider readership, selected studies which the Department has prepared for use within OECD. Authorship is generally collective, but main individual authors are named.

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