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  • 22-February-2013

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    Measuring Fiscal Decentralisation, Concepts and Policies

    This book deals with two issues. The first concerns the various measurement of fiscal decentralization in general and their usefulness for policy analysis. The second and more specific issue concerns the taxonomy of intergovernmental grants and the limits of the current classifications.

  • 22-February-2013

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    Moving towards a single labour contract: pros, cons and mixed feelings

    This paper discusses the pros and cons of a single labour contract. After reviewing the current state of dualism in labour markets and the recent labour reforms in Europe, we discuss the various proposals to eliminate dualism.

  • 22-February-2013

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    The declining competitiveness of French firms reflects a generalised supply-side problem

    This short paper analyses the decline of France’s trade balance over the past 15 years. While the loss in export market shares is comparable to that of the major OECD countries except Germany, it is one of the largest among the countries of the euro area.

  • 22-February-2013

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    Labour market performance by age groups: a focus on France

    This paper analyses the age structure of employment rates across OECD countries with a focus on France. The statistical contribution of each age group to total unemployment-rate differentials is also computed.

  • 21-February-2013

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    Educational attainment and labour market outcomes in South Africa, 1994-2010

    In this paper we document the impact of education levels on labour market outcomes from 1994 to 2010 using national household survey data.

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  • 21-February-2013

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    Boosting productivity in Australia

    Australia’s productivity growth has decelerated markedly around the turn of the century. Part of the decline is probably temporary, but raising multifactor productivity is key to ensure that living standards continue to grow strongly, especially if the currently strong terms of trade weaken over time.

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  • 21-February-2013

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    Housing, financial and capital taxation policies to ensure robust growth in Sweden

    Extensive structural reforms since the early 1990s have strengthened the resilience of the Swedish economy to shocks.

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  • 21-February-2013

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    Education quality and labour market outcomes in South Africa

    In this paper we include measures of school quality in regressions determining the labour market premiums to education level.

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  • 21-February-2013

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    Labour market and social policies to foster more inclusive growth in Sweden

    Sweden is a very egalitarian country but inequalities have risen and some groups are poorly integrated into the labour market.

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  • 19-February-2013

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    Quarterly National Accounts - GDP Growth - Fourth Quarter 2012, OECD

    Provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area fell by 0.2% in the fourth quarter of 2012, after a 0.3% increase in the previous quarter. This is the first contraction of GDP in the OECD area since the very sharp decline in the first quarter of 2009 (minus 2.3%).

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