Working Papers


  • 24-February-2009

    English

    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

    English

    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.

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  • 10-February-2009

    English

    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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  • 27-January-2009

    English

    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.

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  • 16-January-2009

    English

    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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  • 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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  • 7-January-2008

    English

    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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  • 22-October-2007

    English

    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

    English

    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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