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The road ahead will not be easy, though: financial market concerns about sovereign debt are extending to a growing number of countries and now they threaten to include Belgium. Thus fiscal sustainability and higher growth are the backbone of our main recommendations in this Survey. With a public debt at 97% of GDP, a renewed and sustained effort to prefund ageing costs is needed, including revisiting intergovernmental prefunding
Composite leading indicators (CLIs) designed to anticipate turning points in economic activity relative to trend, point to a slowdown in most major economies for May 2011.
Austria is recovering from the crisis which has increased fiscal vulnerabilities. The authorities should strengthen reforms so the economy is more resilient to fiscal pressures, and reinforce drivers of growth. The Survey discusses areas to improve fiscal performance, including health care r
Austria should seize the opportunity provided by its robust, export-led recovery to strengthen spending reforms and reinforce domestic drivers of economic growth, said Angel Gurría.
Austria should eliminate subsidies which encourage early retirement and target social transfers more effectively, according to the OECD’s latest economic survey.
Real GDP in the OECD area grew by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2011. Although private consumption remained the main driver of growth in the OECD as a whole, its contribution to growth fell in nearly all major economies.
Consumer prices in the OECD area rose by 3.2% in the year to May 2011, compared with 2.9% in April - the highest rate since October 2008.
The Indian financial system has changed considerably since the 1990s. Interest rates have been deregulated and new entrants allowed in the banking and the securities business.
A considerable housing boom has been a key feature of persistently large saving investment imbalances in New Zealand over the past decade.
This paper addresses the often neglected question of how macroeconomic risk is shared across and within economies, and identifies reforms that could contribute towards achieving more desirable risk-sharing outcomes.