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  • 16-January-2014

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    OECD appoints new directors for economic policy

    The OECD has appointed a former Portuguese economy minister and a high-level German government official to top leadership posts in the Economics Department, reinforcing its commitment to identifying and promoting policies that improve countries’ long-term economic performance.

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  • 16-January-2014

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    Dividing the pie in Brazil: income distribution, social policies and the new middle class

    Brazil has made remarkable progress in reducing poverty and inequality. This reduction is explained by strong growth but also by effective social policies. Besides growth, public services and cash transfers have played the biggest role, the latter notably through the successful "Bolsa Familia" programme.

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  • 15-January-2014

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    Russian economy growing but further reforms needed, says OECD

    The Russian Federation’s economy is growing, but further reforms are needed to bolster future growth, improve the business climate and strengthen innovation, according to the OECD.

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  • 7-January-2014

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    The state of the banking sector in Europe

    This paper reviews the state of the banking sector in Europe. At the aggregate level, the empirical data suggest that the Baltics, Cyprus, Greece and Ireland, in particular, are hit by a strong decline in lending in the wake of the financial crisis.

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  • 6-January-2014

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    New indicators of competition law and policy in 2013 for OECD and non-OECD countries

    This paper presents the new OECD competition law and policies (CLP) indicators which measure the strength and scope of competition regimes in 49 jurisdictions (OECD and non-OECD). The indicators cover areas for which there is a broad consensus among member countries on what constitutes 'good' practice for competition regimes.

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  • 6-January-2014

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    The effect of government debt, external debt and their interaction on OECD interest rates

    In the wake of the financial crisis there has been renewed focus on the importance of a country’s net external debt position in determining domestic interest rates and, relatedly, its vulnerability to a crisis. This paper extends the panel estimation of OECD countries described in Turner and Spinelli (2012) to investigate the effect of external debt and its interaction with government debt on the interest-rate-growth differential.

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  • 20-December-2013

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    OECD Economic Survey of Russia launches in Moscow at the Gaidar Forum on Wednesday 15 January 2014

    The OECD will launch its latest Economic Survey of the Russian Federation in Moscow on Wednesday 15 January 2014 during the annual Gaidar Forum.

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  • 13-December-2013

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    Getting Irish youth on the job track

    Irish youth was hit hard by the crisis. New labour-market policy initiatives have been introduced recently, but more will be needed to limit scarring effects and keep youth connected so that they can get back to work as soon as the recovery strengthens.

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  • 10-December-2013

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    New econometric estimates of long-term growth effects of different areas of public spending

    Using panel data for OECD countries, this study investigates the extent to which changes in government spending on education, health and other areas influence long-term growth.

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  • 10-December-2013

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    Cross-country spillovers from fiscal consolidations

    In many OECD countries, government debt reached levels over recent years that call for reduction over the medium to longer term to ensure public finance sustainability. This paper investigates the international transmission of fiscal consolidation shocks via trade flows.

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