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  • 12-April-2016

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    Boosting competition on Israeli markets

    Promoting competition to enhance productivity at the firm level and resulting income and growth improvement and a lower cost of living is an important economic and social challenge in Israel.

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  • 12-April-2016

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    Policy challenges for agriculture and rural areas in Norway

    Norwegian policy gives high priority to supporting rural communities, with support for agriculture receiving particular attention. It is broadly successful in terms of maintaining rural communities, and urban-rural gaps in a range of well-being indicators are comparatively narrow.

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  • 12-April-2016

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    Addressing the challenges in higher education in Norway

    Norway’s predominately public and tuition-fee free tertiary education system encourages participation and has high attainment rates. However, challenges in spending efficiency, study times, skills demand, inclusiveness and quality remain.

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  • 5-April-2016

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    Ireland…trading in the global talent pool

    The data presented in the latest OECD Economic Survey of Ireland suggest that rather than "brain drain" Ireland exhibits "brains exchange", a large proportion of emigrants and immigrants are well qualified.

  • 5-April-2016

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    Economic Survey of Germany 2016

    Germany is achieving good labour market outcomes and the recently introduced minimum wage has improved the situation of low wage earners. Main challenges are subdued investment, population ageing as well as the employability of refugees. Strengthening entrepreneurship and competition would boost investment. Policies could do more to help parents to reconcile professional and family obligations.

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  • 15-March-2016

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    Economic Survey of Lithuania 2016

    Accession to the euro area confirms Lithuania’s commitment to sound and sustainable economic policies. The economy is expected to recover despite weak Russian demand.

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  • 3-March-2016

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    Economic Survey of the Netherlands 2016

    Following a period of muted economic activity in the wake of the global downturn, growth has picked up since 2014, and gross domestic product (GDP) has recently overtaken its pre-crisis peak.

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  • 19-February-2016

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    Raising public spending efficiency in Switzerland

    Despite having low government spending, Switzerland scores highly in various public policy outcomes, including health, education and transportation. But, as the population grows and ages, efficiency of public spending will have to rise to maintain low tax rates.

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  • 18-February-2016

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    Policies to tame the housing cycle in Switzerland

    High house prices are being supported by very low interest rates, immigration-fuelled population growth and smaller family units, while demand is being bolstered by mortgage interest tax deductibility and institutional investors.

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  • 17-December-2015

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    How can South Africa’s tax system meet revenue raising challenges?

    Reforms over the past two decades have produced a well-balanced, modern tax system. However, considerable revenues will be needed in the years ahead to expand social spending and infrastructure in order to raise growth and well-being. The challenge is to generate these revenues without penalising growth or exacerbating inequality.

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