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  • 15-February-2017

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    OECD Economic Surveys: Italy 2017

    Italy is recovering from a deep and long recession. Structural reforms, accommodative monetary and fiscal conditions, and low commodity prices have helped the economy to turn the corner. The Jobs Act, part of a wide and ambitious structural reform programme, and social security contribution exemptions have improved the labour market and raised employment. Yet, the recovery remains weak and productivity continues to decline. Returning the banking system to health will be crucial to revive growth and private investment. More investment in infrastructure will be essential to raise productivity. The government has made significant progress on tackling structural impediments to growth and productivity. Yet public-administration inefficiencies, slow judicial processes, poorly designed regulation and weak competition still make it difficult to do business in Italy. Labour and capital resources are trapped in low-productivity firms, which hold down wages and well-being. Innovative start-ups and SMEs continue to suffer from difficult access to bank and equity finance. Literacy scores are low and job-skill mismatch is one of the highest among OECD countries, depressing earnings and well-being. Many workers are under-skilled in the jobs they hold, highlighting mismatches between workers skills and those required by employers. Improving the education system and labour market policies are crucial to raising real wages, job satisfaction and living standards. The Jobs Act and the Good School reform go in the right direction and need to be fully implemented.

    SPECIAL FEATURES: RAISING INVESTMENT; ENHANCING SKILLS

  • 15-February-2017

    English

    Economic Survey of Italy 2017

    Italy is recovering after a deep and long recession. Structural reforms, accommodative monetary and fiscal conditions, and low commodity prices have helped the economy to turn the corner.

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  • 13-February-2017

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    Portugal needs stronger investment to maintain growth and improve living standards

    Portugal’s economy has successfully recovered from the strong recession that lasted until 2014. Nonetheless, the economy’s still low investment, which has declined far more than in other Euro area countries, remains a source of concern.

  • 9-February-2017

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    Households' economic well-being: the OECD dashboard

    The OECD has developed a dashboard of household statistics that allows you to see how households are faring in OECD countries. We have also developed a series of country specific stories that provide a more detailed analysis of households; this quarter: Spotlight on Italian households.

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  • 8-February-2017

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    Sweden’s economy is resilient and growing strongly, but must address rising challenges

    The Swedish economy is growing strongly, with unemployment trending downward and living standards among the highest in the world. Maintaining today’s high levels of well-being and addressing new challenges will require further actions to ensure inclusive, resilient and green growth for all, according to a new report from the OECD.

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  • 8-February-2017

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    Composite Leading Indicators (CLI), OECD, February 2017

    Composite leading indicators continue to point to growth gaining momentum in several advanced economies

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  • 8-February-2017

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    Economic Survey of Sweden 2017

    Sweden weathered the global financial and economic crisis with limited damage,thanks to strong macroeconomic, fiscal and financial fundamentals, as well as a competitive and diversified business sector.

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  • 8-February-2017

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    Main Economic Indicators - Volume 2017 Issue 2

    The monthly Main Economic Indicators (MEI) presents comparative statistics that provide an overview of recent international economic developments for the 35 OECD countries, the euro zone and a number of non-member economies. This indispensable and unique source of key short-term statistics is a vehicle for analysis for corporate planners, economists, academics, researchers and students. Using the most up-to-date, user-friendly tabular presentation, the indicators cover national accounts, business surveys and consumer opinions, leading indicators, retail sales, production, construction, prices, employment, unemployment, wages, finance, international trade and balance of payments.

  • 6-February-2017

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    Tax planning by multinational firms: Firm-level evidence from a cross-country database

    This paper exploits firm-level data from the ORBIS database to assess international tax planning by multinational enterprises (MNEs).

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  • 6-February-2017

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    International tax planning, competition and market structure

    This paper investigates if tax planning by large multinationals distorts competition in their favour and allows them to crowd out other firms. The competitive implications of tax planning are frequently mentioned in the tax policy debate, but not yet documented empirically to our knowledge. This paper aims to fill this gap.

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