Publications & Documents


  • 30-April-2015

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    Maintaining an efficient and equitable housing market in Belgium

    Housing conditions in Belgium are among the best in OECD countries according to the Better Life Index, as dwellings are of high quality and large, and housing costs are average.

  • 30-April-2015

    English

    Reforming the Slovak public sector

    Improving public sector efficiency can help to meet two conflicting objectives: ensuring fiscal consolidation and maintaining room for growth-friendly spending.

  • 30-April-2015

    English

    Spurring growth in lagging regions in the Slovak Republic

    Regional inequality in Slovakia is among the highest in the OECD and is increasing. The main reason for regional disparity is the combination of low economic growth and job creation in the eastern and central part of the country and insufficient labour mobility to the west, in particular by low-skilled workers.

  • 29-April-2015

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    Determinants of the low female labour force participation in India

    The low and declining female labour force participation rate in India despite strong growth over the past decade is puzzling and stands out among emerging markets. At the same time greater economic participation of women can be a source of inclusive growth, and wellbeing.

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  • 29-April-2015

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    Reforming the tax on immovable property: taking care of the unloved

    The tax on immovable property recently started to regain its former significance, but the tax yield still remains low, with slightly more than 1% of GDP and wide variation across countries.

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  • 29-April-2015

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    Efficiency and contestability in the Colombian banking system

    Despite progress in the past decade, financial markets in Colombia remain relatively small and shallow. In particular the banking system suffers high intermediation costs, which limit constrains access to finance by households and firms.

  • 29-April-2015

    English

    Fiscal decentralisation in Colombia: new evidence regarding sustainability, risk sharing and "fiscal fatigue"

    Colombia has engaged in a sustained process of fiscal decentralisation over the past decades. Evidence is presented that the current framework is conducive to fiscal sustainability, especially after the reforms in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

  • 28-April-2015

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    What we've learned–and have still to learn–from the financial crisis*

    Financial crises do more than impose huge costs: they have bigger and more insidious effects. We face big challenges in maintaining the supply of global public goods as the world integrates. But these challenges will not be managed successfully if we do not first overcome the legacy of the crisis.

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  • 28-April-2015

    English, PDF, 2,341kb

    Structural Reforms in Europe: Achievements and Homework

    This note provides a summary assessment of Europe’s structural reforms including countries’ responsiveness to reform recommendations in recent years, a quantification of the economic impact of reforms, and structural reform priorities going forward.

  • 21-April-2015

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    Strengthening skill use and school-to-work transitions in the Czech Republic

    The education system has reacted slowly to changes in labour market needs, leading to an increasing number of school leavers without sufficient qualification. In addition, declining PISA scores and a rising share of low achievers are raising concerns about the quality of the future labour force.

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