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This slight easing in the annual rate of inflation mainly reflected the slower growth in energy prices, which increased by 7.4% in the year to January, down from 8.1% in the year to December.
The pace of reform has accelerated in those OECD countries where it is needed most, says the latest Going for Growth report. It identifies the specific action needed to help governments steer their economies out of the crisis, stimulate growth and create jobs.
Las reformas estructurales pueden hacer la diferencia en la búsqueda de los países por superar la crisis, impulsar el crecimiento y crear empleos, de acuerdo con el más reciente estudio de la OCDE: Apuesta por el crecimiento (Going for Growth).
This year’s report, which launches on the eve of the G20 finance ministers’ meeting in Mexico City, identifies and assesses progress countries have made on key reforms that can help their economies rebound from the global economic crisis, boost long-term growth and create jobs.
First published in 2005, this annual report provides an overview of structural policy developments in OECD countries from a comparative perspective.
Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the OECD area decelerated sharply to 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2011, against 0.6% in the third quarter.
Germany recovered rapidly from the 2008-09 recession, with GDP topping pre-crisis rates during 2011 and unemployment falling significantly. Public finances are sound, but further reforms are needed to transform its growth model to thrive as a knowledge-based economy.
Composite leading indicators (CLIs) point to a positive change in momentum for the OECD as a whole, driven primarily by the United States and Japan, but similar signs are beginning to emerge in a number of other developed economies.
The OECD’s latest economic survey of Norway, to be published on Wednesday 15 February 2012, discusses how sound macroeconomic policies and well-managed petroleum wealth have helped the country successfully weather the global economic crisis.