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  • 14-January-2009

    English

    Economic Survey of the Euro Area 2009: Fiscal Policy

    The economic downturn and the financial turmoil are intensifying fiscal pressures. In the longer-term, progress towards fiscal sustainability and improving the quality of the public finances remain priorities.

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  • 12-August-2008

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    Tax reform for efficiency and fairness in Canada

    In a context of fiscal surpluses,the Canadian government has been: markedly reducing corporate income and capital taxes; providing more personal tax relief especially at lower incomes and above all for saving; and cutting the federal value added tax (GST).

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  • 25-April-2008

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    The drivers of public expenditure on health and long-term care: An integrated approach

    This paper proposes a framework for projecting public health and long-term care expenditures. It considers demographic and other (non-demographic) drivers of expenditures. The paper extends demographic drivers by incorporating death-related costs and the health status of the population. Concerning health care, the projections incorporate income and the effects of technology cum relative prices. For long-term care, the effects of

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  • 7-January-2008

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    Making Federalism Work in Italy

    Italy has launched itself in the federalist direction by decentralising spending, regulatory and tax powers in the late 1990s and reinforcing growing lower level responsibilities with a constitutional reform in 2001, as discussed in this working paper.

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  • 6-December-2007

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    OECD Economic Outlook No. 82 Special Chapter: Corporate saving and investment: Recent trends and prospects

    Since 2001, OECD corporate net lending has risen sharply. This chapter examines various facets of corporate net lending with a view to understanding some of the main forces at play behind the recent run-up.

  • 22-October-2007

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    The Costs of Delaying Fiscal Consolidation: A Case Study for Greece

    Since 2004, the fiscal deficit has been brought down by over 5% of GDP to below the 3% limit in 2006. The government plans a more gradual reduction so that overall balance or surplus is reached no later than 2010. These and other points are discussed in this working paper.

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  • 10-August-2007

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    Meeting the Challenges of Decentralisation in France

    Despite France’s previously well deserved reputation as a highly centralised state, a significant number of responsibilities have been devolved to regional and local government over the past two decades. The process has not been easy, as is discussed in this working paper.

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  • 9-August-2007

    English

    Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in France (Economics Department Working Paper No. 569)

    Reducing poverty and social exclusion is an important objective for all French governments. Even though conventionally measured poverty is in fact lower than in most other countries, it is still higher than can be easily accepted.

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  • 16-July-2007

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    Family Policy in Hungary: How to Improve the Reconciliation Between Work and Family?

    This working paper looks at how to shift the policy focus towards reconciling work and family life. Reasons for under-provision in childcare by local governments are discussed and recommendations for further central-government intervention to improve supply are made.

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  • 16-July-2007

    English

    Encouraging Sub-national Government Efficiency in Hungary (Economics Department Working Paper 565)

    This working paper looks at the challenges facing Hungary's counties and municipalities in modernising local infrastructures as well as dealing with cutbacks to administrative overheads and tough decisions in public services.

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