Housing policies in France are designed to meet several objectives. They consist primarily in ensuring that all households have housing that corresponds to their needs and financial means.
In this paper we describe the main features of the French social housing system as viewed from abroad, and place it within the context of systems in other major developed countries, particularly in Europe.
Housing plays a key role in the economy, because of its weight in household expenditures and assets, its importance for social well being, and its impact on educational outcomes and employment as well as on the business cycle.
Cutting the public deficit through a stricter budgeting framework and improving the housing market with taxation and funding reforms are among the recommendations in the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of France.
Angel Gurría recalled the role played by the OECD Bologna Process and Charter and the "need to harness the potential of SMEs and entrepreneurs in the fight against unemployment, social exclusion and poverty" in his remarks to the “Bologna+10” High-level Meeting.
France has seen a marked deterioration in its export performance in the last 10 years or so. This working paper shows that the resource reallocation argument helps explain French export performance between the early 2000s and 2007, unexplained by traditional models.
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This note is taken from Chapter 3 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2010.
Through this conference on Innovation and Sustainable Growth in a Globalised World, the OECD and the World Bank are joining forces to work more closely on innovation, a crucial factor in the success of development policy, notably in middle income market economies.
Economic forecasts for GDP, unemployment, inflation and fiscal balance.
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