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29-October-2004

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Public Expenditure Management in France

Since the early 1990s, when France's general government deficit reached a disturbing 6% of GDP, the country's public finances have progressed substantially, even though significantly further improvement is required. This paper examines the tools available to policy makers to meet this challenge.

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22-October-2004

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Improving the Capacity to Innovate in Germany (Economics Department Working Paper 407)

Key indicators show Germany belonging to the countries in the OECD with strong innovation activity even though some weakening in Germany’s position relative to other OECD countries has occurred recently, as discussed in this working paper.

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7-July-2004

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Retirement behaviour in OECD countries: impact of old-age pension schemes and other social transfer programmes

Retirement incentives contained in old-age pensions and other social transfer programmes explain a sizeable share of past declines and current differences between countries in older males’ participation in the labour force. OECD Economics Studies No. 37.

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16-June-2004

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Enhancing Income Convergence in Central Europe after EU Accession (Economics Department Working Paper 392)

Despite the recent enlargement of the EU, Central Europe faces sluggish growth prospects, unless labour-market policies are made more job-friendly, as discussed in this working paper.

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1-June-2004

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Enhancing income convergence in Central Europe after EU accession, OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, ch. VII

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).

1-June-2004

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Housing markets, wealth and the business cycle, OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, ch. IV

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.

1-June-2004

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The challenges of narrowing the US current account deficit, OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, ch. V

OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, chapter V. Narrowing the large current account deficit would require major changes to exchange rates, to fiscal policy or to the competitiveness of US exports - all of which would impose costs on the US and its on trading partners.

1-June-2004

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Asset price cycles, "one-off" factors and structural budget balances, OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, ch. VI

OECD Economic Outlook No. 75, chapter VI. A look at how stock market movements have affected government revenues in selected countries.

2-March-2004

English

Product Market Competition and Economic Performance in Hungary (Economics Department Working Papers 381)

This working paper is part of the OECD's 2004 Economic Survey for Hungary and is one of a series of reviews on competition issues across OECD member countries.

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7-January-2004

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Enhancing the cost effectiveness of public spending, EO74 ch.6

OECD Economic Outlook No. 74, Chapter 6. Curbing the growth in public spending and raising its effectiveness require reforms to the budget process, public management process and greater use of market signals.

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