Publications & Documents

  • 3-April-2009

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    The contribution of economic geography to GDP per capita

    Fiscal equalisation is a transfer of fiscal resources across jurisdictions to offset disparities in revenue raising capacity or public service cost. It covers on average 2.5% of GDP or 5% of total government expenditure across OECD countries.

  • 20-March-2009


    Government consumption volatility and the size of nations

    The aim of this paper is to analyze the relation between the volatility of government consumption and country size. The results are robust to different time and country samples, different econometric techniques and to several sets of control variables.

  • 9-March-2009


    Achieving fiscal flexibility and safeguarding sustainability - The case of Slovakia

    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.

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  • 3-March-2009

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    Going for Growth 2009 Chapter 1: Structural Reform at a Time of Financial Crisis

    Chapter 1 from Going for Growth 2009 reviews how the current recession affects the prospect for structural reform and then explores which of the policy priorities identified in the current volume to boost long-term growth are most likely to stimulate demand in the near term.

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  • 27-February-2009


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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.

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