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Well targeted macroeconomic and structural policies would ensure long-term growth for the Italian economy while contributing to healthier public finances, according to the OECD Secretary-General presenting the Economic Survey of Italy in Milan.
Italy has been recovering only slowly from its worst post-war recession. Despite recent reform efforts, many structural problems that have in the past been a serious drag on labour productivity persist. The government has contained the budget deficit to some extent but needs to continue.
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This note is taken from Chapter 3 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2010.
Pier Carlo Padoan has been appointed Chief Economist of the OECD. Mr. Padoan will maintain his status of Deputy Secretary-General which he has held since joining the OECD in June 2007.
Economic forecasts for GDP, unemployment, inflation and fiscal balance.
Compulsory school education in Italy produces poor results in terms of 15-year-olds’ performance on PISA tests, compared with other OECD countries, despite a relatively high level of expenditure, as discussed in this working paper.
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Summary of Economic Surveys: Italy
Italy is facing strong headwinds from the international financial crisis but so far its banking system has been more resilient than in other countries. This chapter suggests that this reflects a combination of factors.
Despite the improvement in regulatory indicators, overall productivity performance has improved very little in Italy. This chapter reviews a number of possible structural explanations.