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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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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.
This chapter explores the reasons for poor and unequal performance in Italian secondary education. The chapter outlines the structure of spending and then considers how certain aspects of policy should be better aligned with good practice.
Italy is suffering a serious economic recession, which started earlier than elsewhere but has now accelerated following the downturn elsewhere and collapse in world trade.
How is the recession affecting Italy’s fiscal situation? What steps should the government take when the economy recovers? How healthy are Italy’s banks? What regulatory reforms are needed? What about plans for fiscal federalism? How does Italy’s education measure up?
Country Notes from OECD Economic Policy Reforms: Going for growth 2011 presenting OECD recommendations for structural reform priorities for individual countries.
This working paper uses a variety of empirical methods to examine the apparent differences in monetary policy stances as between the United States and other G7 economies.
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This note, taken from Chapter 3 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2009, contains information about the progress in implementing reforms in line with the 2008 priorities for Italy.