Working Papers


  • 8-April-2015

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    Effects of economic policies on microeconomic stability

    This paper shows that household-level economic instability is only very loosely related to macroeconomic volatility. However, the analysis also uncovers that moving to highly competitive policies generally reduces micro-level instability.

  • 8-April-2015

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    The 2013 update of the OECD’s database on product market regulation – policy insights for OECD and non-OECD countries

    This paper investigates patterns in product market regulation across 34 OECD and 21 non-OECD countries, using an updated and revised version of the OECD’s indicators of product market regulation (PMR).

  • 8-April-2015

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    Improving taxes and transfers in Australia

    This review particularly recommends shifting away from income taxation to indirect taxation, for instance by raising more revenue from the Goods and Services Tax.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    Federal-state relations in Australia

    The government’s current review of the federal system, focusing on both spending and tax responsibilities, is welcome, as is the “whole of government” approach to the process.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    Sharing the fruits of growth with all Mexicans

    The government has introduced major structural reforms to fight poverty, improve the quality of education, create more jobs in the formal sector and move towards a universal social security system. This is a substantial accomplishment. However, Mexico needs to build a more inclusive state.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    What makes Mexicans happy?

    As in other countries, in Mexico income, education, health, job status and other individual characteristics are significantly associated with life satisfaction. These findings suggest that the higher average level of life satisfaction in Mexico is probably related to unobserved country characteristics.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    Improving the labour market integration of immigrants in Belgium

    Improving the labour market performance of immigrants requires a two-fold strategy. First, policies specific to migrants need to be enhanced. Second, general reforms to improve the functioning of the economy, desirable in any case, could also have a significant positive impact on immigrants.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    Raising the potential of the domestically oriented sector in Germany

    Reforming and deregulating the domestically oriented sectors, including network industries, crafts and professional services would release hidden growth potential and prove beneficial to the economy as a whole. It could also help strengthen domestic demand and reduce dependence on exports.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    Improving transport infrastructure in Russia

    Russia faces very large challenges in modernising its large transport system. Promoting competition in the transport sector is essential, in particular by effectively opening the railway freight market to independent operators.

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  • 8-April-2015

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    Improving the business climate in Russia

    Reducing the role of the state in the economy and WTO membership should be viewed as opportunities to strengthen competition, and hence provide incentives for productivity improvements, which are urgently required to ensure stronger growth in Russia because of a shrinking labour force.

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