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  • 16-January-2013

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    Reforming policies for the business sector to harvest the benefits of globalisation in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands has strongly benefited from globalisation, which boosted international trade, cross-border investment and economic growth over the latest decades.

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  • 16-January-2013

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    Health care reform and long-term care in the Netherlands

    The Netherlands, as other OECD countries, faces the challenge of providing high quality health and long term care services to an ageing population in a cost-efficient manner.

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  • 16-January-2013

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    Enhancing the inclusiveness of the labour market in Belgium

    The global crisis led to a smaller increase in the unemployment rate than in most other OECD countries as employment has been sustained through intensive use of reduced working time schemes.

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  • 16-January-2013

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    Economics Department Policy Note No. 16: Debt and macroeconomic stability

    Public and private debt levels are very high by historical standards. OECD-wide total financial liabilities now exceed 1 000% of GDP. High debt levels can create vulnerabilities, which amplify and transmit macroeconomic and asset price shocks.

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  • 10-January-2013

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    Strengthening Euro Area banks

    Big changes are needed to strengthen the capital positions of euro area banks. European banks remain at the heart of the euro area crisis. Despite actions to strengthen banks and build a banking union, confidence in the euro area banking system remains weak, and is likely to remain so until underlying concerns over low capitalisation of some banks are addressed.

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  • 14-December-2012

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    Australia is in a strong position, but must adapt to take full advantage of rising Asia, OECD says

    The Australian economy is robust and faces a solid short-term outlook, but it must continue adapting to ensure that its privileged place in the Asia-Pacific region contributes to long-term sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Australia.

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  • 11-December-2012

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    Euro area labour costs converging, but imbalances persist

    The euro area crisis finds its roots in the credit booms seen in many countries following the introduction of the euro in 1999. Easy credit led to strong growth in a range of sectors, notably housing, as well as higher levels of public spending. Inflation in these over-heating economies was higher than the euro area as a whole. Rising prices led to rising costs and a loss of international competitiveness.

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  • 10-December-2012

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    The challenges for global economic governance to stabilize the global economic system

    Secretary-General Angel Gurría led a discussion focusing on the challenges for global economic governance to stabilize the global economic system at the 5th IFRI World Policy Conference held in Cannes on 8 December.

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  • 7-December-2012

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    Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in a cost effective way in Switzerland

    Switzerland has low greenhouse gas emissions per capita as compared to other countries, which reflects the strong reliance on energy sources emitting few greenhouse gas emissions, especially in electricity generation, and little heavy industry.

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  • 6-December-2012

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    Slovak Republic remains strong, but it needs to become more inclusive, OECD says

    The Slovak Republic recovered strongly from the global economic crisis and is weathering well the storm that has struck its main European trading partners. The challenges going forward will be restoring public finances while driving down unemployment and fostering long-term inclusive growth, says the latest Economic Survey.

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