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Economic Outlook No. 77, Chapter IV. What are the potential uses of core inflation measures? How informative are alternative variants thereof? What do they imply about underlying inflation in the current situation?
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Cross-country comparisons of the tax favours granted to retirement saving. OECD Economic Studies No. 39.
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The effect that international relocation of various types of production has on US exports of services is identified and compared. Economic Studies No. 38.
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Model simulations illustrate a number of channels through which the US current-account deficit could narrow and explore the implications across countries. Economic Studies No. 38.
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Features of mortgage and housing markets appear to play a major role in shaping the economic cycle across countries. Economic Studies No. 38.
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Cross-country analysis allows the identification of the main factors that determine waiting times for elective surgery. Economic Studies No. 38.
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 76, chapter IV. The oil price has more than doubled in dollar terms since the late 1990s, while increasing substantially, though somewhat less, in terms of the other major currencies. The chapter begins by investigating the fundamentals driving longer-term oil market developments and the implications for the long-run equilibrium price. It then identifies short-term influences which may have caused risk
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 76, chapter V. Fiscal policy has been used as an antidote to weak activity during the most recent downturn and fiscal consolidation has been delayed in some countries because of its perceived costs in terms of lower activity. However, the impact of fiscal policy on aggregate demand depends on the responses of private saving to changes in fiscal stance. In certain circumstances budget deficit shifts can be
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, ch. VII. After nearly fifteen years of transition, the countries of Central Europe have entered the European Union on 1 May 2004. This chapter examines the consequences of this event for the four acceding countries that are members of the OECD (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovak Republic).
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Chapter IV of the OECD Economic Outlook No. 75. Buoyant house prices give a greater boost to consumer spending in countries with more diversified mortgage markets. But distortions to the housing market, such as tax breaks, should be avoided to counter excessive price volatility.