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15-October-2009

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Iceland: Challenging Times for Monetary and Fiscal Policies (Economics Department Working Paper 726)

This working paper discusses what policy makers should do in order to restore balance in the Icelandic economy and lay out the foundations for a sustainable recovery.

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15-October-2009

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Towards Better Schools and More Equal Opportunities for Learning in Italy

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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15-October-2009

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Iceland: The Financial and Economic Crisis (Economics Department Working Paper 725)

This working paper begins with a discussion of the factors that made the banks, non-financial firms and households vulnerable to deterioration in global financial markets. It then describes the failure of the banks, its direct impact on government debt, the IMF SBA and the economic outlook.

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7-October-2009

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Reform beyond the crisis

This paper discusses how governments can “seize the moment” of the economic crisis to suggest and implement structural reforms. It examines the particular challenges to reform – and possible solutions to those challenges.

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25-September-2009

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The political economy of reform: Principal messages of the study

Why are some policy reforms implemented while others languish? This new report aims to answer this important question by looking backwards -- at 20 structural reform efforts in 10 OECD countries, during the past two decades. This page presents the principle messages of the study.

25-September-2009

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The political economy of reform: lessons from pensions, product markets and labour markets in ten OECD countries

Why are some policy reforms implemented while others languish? This new report aims to answer this important question by looking backwards - at 20 structural reform efforts in 10 OECD countries, during the past two decades. The case studies cover a wide variety of reform attempts in three key areas - pensions, labour-, and product-market regulation.

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23-September-2009

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Raising Education Outcomes in Greece

Despite progress over the past decades, Greece’s educational indicators lag behind those of other OECD countries. PISA scores are low, a large number of tertiary students study abroad, and attainment rates are low at all levels of education, as discussed in this working paper.

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7-August-2009

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Improving the functioning of the Slovenian labour market

Labour market outcomes have improved markedly in the past years as the beneficial effects of the economic upswing were reinforced by important structural reforms.

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15-July-2009

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The effectiveness of education and health spending among Brazilian municipalities

This paper uses a large dataset combining census, household survey and budgetary data for nearly 4 000 Brazilian municipalities to estimate the impact of government spending on education and health outcomes.

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10-July-2009

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How does decentralised minimum wage setting affect unemployment and informality? The case of Indonesia

Our findings show that an increase in the minimum to mean wage ratio is associated with a net increase in employment: a rise in informal sector employment more than compensates for job losses in the formal sector.

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