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Over the past decade, many OECD countries have introduced new policies to tackle excessive waiting times for elective treatments with some success. However, in the wake of the recent economic downturn and severe pressures on public budgets, waiting times times may rise again, and it is important to understand which policies work.
Israel has world class-primary care services and should now focus efforts on bringing its hospitals up to the same high international standards, according to the OECD’s Health Care Quality Review of Israel.
This page presents the key statistical areas of work covered by the Social Policy Division
This publication contains 140 country notes summarising diaspora sizes, including the number of children of migrants born in the destination countries, the characteristics of emigrant populations, the numbers and main destinations of international students, recent migrant flows to OECD countries, and information on the desire to emigrate among different population groups.
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The purpose of this publication is to propose ways of thinking about new public policies that could better harness the skills of diasporas to foster development in the countries of origin.
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This project aims to develop guidelines for compiling such estimates of expenditure by disease categories, and age and gender groups under the SHA framework.
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This model shows that a large scale role out of the activation program decreases welfare, while a standard partial microeconometric cost-benefit analysis would conclude the opposite.
It also provides an overview of the evidence emerging from PISA 2009 on the performance and socio-economic background of children of immigrants. Selective migration policies of certain countries and the attractiveness of these countries generally to highly educated migrants is also explored.
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Ireland’s workers suffered badly during the economic and financial crisis. The unemployment rate more than tripled from 4.6% in Q1 2007 to its peak of 15.1% in Q4 2011. The situation was even more drastic for 15-24 year olds. The youth unemployment rate rose from 8.8% to just over 31% in the first half of 2012, with a substantial increase in the number of youth not working and not in education or training.
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At 6.2% in July, the US unemployment rate is back where it was in September 2008 when the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers signalled an intensification of the recession that had already been underway since the end of 2007.