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27-February-2009

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Fiscal Convergence, Business Cycle Volatility and Growth

This paper analyzes the effects of fiscal convergence on business cycle volatility and growth. Our empirical results are economically and statistically significant, and robust.

27-February-2009

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Stabilization Effects of Social Spending: Empirical Evidence from a Panel of OECD Countries

The aim of this paper is to assess the ability of social spending to smooth output shocks and to provide stabilization. The results show that overall social spending is able to smooth about 16 percent of a shock to GDP.

24-February-2009

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Reforming the tax system in Korea to promote economic growth and cope with rapid population ageing

Korea has one of the lowest tax burdens in the OECD area, reflecting its small public sector. However, rapid population ageing will put upward pressure on government spending.

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18-February-2009

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Financial crises: past lessons and policy implications

This overview paper examines the financial crisis in light of past country experience and economic theory and sets out some preliminary policy recommendations.

11-February-2009

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Economic Survey of Hungary 2010: Sustaining the momentum of fiscal reform

The fiscal deficit has been gradually brought down even in the midst of a deep recession, pro-cyclical fiscal tightening continued. Fiscal sustainability is aimed to be restored by the recent reforms.

10-February-2009

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Health Care Reform in the United States

In spite of improvements, on various measures of health outcomes the United States appears to rank relatively poorly among OECD countries. Health expenditures, in contrast, are significantly higher than in any other OECD country.

9-February-2009

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Economic Survey of the Slovak Republic 2009: Achieving fiscal flexibility and safeguarding sustainability

Euro area entry calls for more fiscal flexibility to absorb cyclical shocks that cannot be dealt with by the common monetary policy. At the same time fiscal consolidation must not be put at risk, especially given rising ageing related costs.

27-January-2009

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Making the most of Norwegian schools

Traditionally, the Norwegian compulsory education system has focused strongly on the linked goals of equal opportunities to learn, comprehensive and inclusive education.

23-January-2009

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Financial crises: Past lessons and policy implications

This overview paper examines the financial crisis in light of past country experience and economic theory and draws preliminary policy recommendations.

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16-January-2009

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Can the financial sector continue to be the main growth engine in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg is today one of the main international centres for investment funds. Besides the sector’s direct and indirect employment effects, the most important effect is the large tax revenue generating capacity of the sector, accounting directly for over 20% of aggregate tax revenues.

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