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  • 16-December-2015

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    Adjusting fiscal balances for the business cycle: new tax and expenditure elasticity estimates for OECD countries

    This paper re-estimates the elasticities of government revenue and expenditure items with respect to the output gap for OECD countries. These elasticities are used by the OECD to calculate cyclically adjusted fiscal balances. The study updates the earlier 2005 study using the most recent datasets and tax codes, the coverage being confined in this paper to 35 countries, the 34 OECD member states and Latvia.

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  • 16-December-2015

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    Who are the top 1% earners in Europe?

    This is the first paper that comprehensively documents the profiles of the 1% highest paid employees across 18 European countries. The data come from the largest harmonised source available, an employer-based survey that covers the labour income of 10 million employees, excluding the self-employed.

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  • 15-December-2015

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    Income Inequality - The Gap between Rich and Poor

    Income inequality is rising. A quarter of a century ago, the average disposable income of the richest 10% in OECD countries was around seven times higher than that of the poorest 10%; today, it’s around 9½ times higher. Why does this matter? Many fear this widening gap is hurting individuals, societies and even economies. This book explores income inequality across five main headings. It starts by explaining some key terms in the inequality debate. It then examines recent trends and explains why income inequality varies between countries. Next it looks at why income gaps are growing and, in particular, at the rise of the 1%. It then looks at the consequences, including research that suggests widening inequality could hurt economic growth. Finally, it examines policies for addressing inequality and making economies more inclusive.

  • 14-December-2015

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    G20 GDP Growth - Third quarter of 2015, OECD

    G20 GDP growth stable at 0.7% in the third quarter of 2015

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  • 11-December-2015

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  • 9-December-2015

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    Towards more gender equality in Austria

    Gender mainstreaming with the aim of more gender equality ranks high on the agenda of Austrian policy makers.

  • 9-December-2015

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    Austria's separate gender roles model was popular in the past, but is becoming a constraint for comprehensive wellbeing

    Austria has a model of "separate gender roles" in work, family and life arrangements which persists despite efforts to better balance these roles.

  • 8-December-2015

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    Are the SDGs a major reboot or a sequel to the MDGs?

    The main reason for putting together the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was to prevent the Millennium Declaration from falling into oblivion. A declaration issued by a world summit has a shelf-life of about six months. Beyond that period, its life is reduced to a small world, usually the summit’s sponsoring agency.

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  • 8-December-2015

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    Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, December 2015

    Stable growth momentum in the OECD area but mixed outlook for major emerging economies

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  • 8-December-2015

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    Policies for Productivity Growth

    Where does the productive capacity of firms come from? What are the barriers that prevent resources to flow to the firms with the greatest potential? Why is it that not all people that possess entrepreneurial talent choose to start firms?

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