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16-January-2009

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Can the financial sector continue to be the main growth engine in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg is today one of the main international centres for investment funds. Besides the sector’s direct and indirect employment effects, the most important effect is the large tax revenue generating capacity of the sector, accounting directly for over 20% of aggregate tax revenues.

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18-November-2008

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Discussion of Peter Howitt’s "Competition, Innovation and Growth: Theory, Evidence and Policy Challenges"

OECD Chief Economist, Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel's presentation on 18 November, 2008 at the OECD-World Bank joint conference on innovation and sustainable growth in a globalized world.

14-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Brazil 2009: Making government operations more cost-effective

Despite considerable progress in many areas, there remains substantial scope for making government operations more cost-effective. Brazil spends a high share of GDP on selected government financed programmes in relation to many OECD countries and its emerging-market peers, but outcome indicators are often comparatively poor. As a result, in the absence of efficiency gains, further increases in spending would need to be financed

2-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Austria 2009: Lifting growth potential through further product and labour market reforms

Stimulating competition, innovation and investment in services and fostering the employment of low-skilled workers would help increase potential output and social cohesion.

1-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Slovenia 2009: Restoring a sustainable growth path within the monetary union

Slovenia achieved strong economic growth leading to a marked catch up with the EU15 during the last decade. This dynamic growth has been interrupted by the global recession, adversely affecting Slovenian exports and banks’ refinancing possibilities. As the economy recovers, efforts to achieve real convergence need to be renewed.

1-July-2008

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Economic Survey of Slovenia 2009: Keeping public finances on a sustainable path and improving efficiency

Slovenia belongs to the group of new EU member countries, which have given a high priority to fiscal prudence. This both stabilised the economy and paved the way for entry to the EU in 2004 and adoption of the euro in 2007. It also created room to counteract the current weakening of the economy. But fiscal policy has to cope with four main challenges: i) ensuring a return to fiscal consolidation after the current economic downturn;

4-June-2008

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The implications of supply-side uncertainties for economic policy

To address the current issues, this chapter starts by looking at simple ways of estimating the possible impact of recent increases in real energy and capital costs on potential growth.

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19-May-2008

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Moving Towards More Sustainable Healthcare Financing in Germany

The aim of the recent healthcare reform was to increase the sustainability of healthcare finances, by reducing its negative impact on employment and increasing cost-effectiveness via enhanced competition, as discussed in this working paper.

19-May-2008

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Improving Education Outcomes in Germany

This working paper suggests that while student achievement is above the OECD average in science and at the OECD average in reading and math according to the 2006 PISA study, weaker students tend to do badly by international comparison.

15-May-2008

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Housing permits as an advance indicator of housing investment

This note reports empirical work to quantify the relationship between permits and housing investment.

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