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  • 18-August-2010

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    Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers: Sweden - Will the Recent Reforms Make It?

    Sickness and disability is a key economic policy concern for many OECD countries. Medical conditions, or problems labelled as such by societies and policy systems, are proving an increasing obstacle to raising labour force participation and keeping public expenditure under control. More and more people of working age rely on sickness and disability benefits as their main source of income, and the employment rates of those reporting disabling conditions are low. This report is an assessment of the Swedish reforms, which aim to lower inactivity and increase participation, against the background of recent trends and policy responses in other OECD countries. It looks at what Sweden is currently doing and what more it could do to transform its sickness and disability schemes from passive benefits to active support systems that promote work.    
  • 30-July-2010

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    Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers: Canada - Opportunities for Collaboration

    Sickness and disability policy reform has been a priority for OECD countries wanting to improve employment and social outcomes in this domain. The recent recession and corresponding fall in labour demand is expected to hit marginalised workers, including workers with health problems or disability, harder than the broader working-age population. There is a pressing need for policy makers to address the recent “medicalisation” of labour market problems, a phenomenon that appears to underlie much of the difficulties countries find in disability policy making. This report is an assessment of the Canadian situation, albeit through the lens of the federal government and the provinces of Québec, British Columbia and Manitoba. It looks at the current state of play following a decade of various reforms and preceding a period where further revisions are likely.
  • 12-July-2010

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    Launch of the OECD International Migration Outlook 2010

    Speaking at the launch of the OECD International Migration Outlook, A. Gurría said that ensuring good labour force outcomes for immigrants is not just desirable; it is a key element of a fair recovery strategy.

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  • 12-July-2010

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    International Migration Outlook 2010

    This publication analyses recent developments in migration movements and policies in OECD countries. It also includes two topical issues: Public opinions and migration; Impact of naturalisation on the labour market outcomes of immigrants.

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  • 9-July-2010

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    No. 53 - Comparing Price Levels of Hospital Services Across Countries: Results of Pilot Study

    Health services account for a large and increasing share of production and expenditure in OECD countries but there are also noticeable differences between countries in expenditure per capita. Whether such differences are due to more services consumed in some countries than in others or whether they reflect differences in the price of services is a question of significant policy relevance. Yet, cross-country comparisons of the price of

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  • 7-July-2010

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    Employment Outlook 2010 Country Notes: France

    Since the onset of the global crisis, unemployment rate in France increased by 2.1 percentage points between December 2007 and May 2010, a milder increase compared to the OECD average (2.8 percentage points).

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  • 7-July-2010

    English

    Key employment statistics

    The feature Key Employment Statistics allows cross-country comparisons on labour market indicators, outcomes, policies and institutions.

  • 28-May-2010

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    OECD Health Working Paper No. 49: The Challenge of Financing Health Care in the Current Crisis: An Analysis based on the OECD Data

    The ratio of health expenditure to GDP, which in macroeconomic terms is an indicator which summarises the financing needs of a national health system, is likely to rise in countries for which the GDP falls. This paper reviews the possible implications of the recessions for this ratio.

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  • 26-May-2010

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    Making Reform Happen - Lessons from OECD Countries

    OECD countries have made significant reform progress in recent decades, in fields as diverse as competition policy, health care and the environment. How have they done it? And why have reforms advanced in some places and stalled in others? This collection of essays analyses the reform experiences of the 30 OECD countries in nine major policy domains in order to identify lessons, pitfalls and strategies that may help foster policy reform in the future. While taking full account of the tremendous differences in the political and institutional settings in which these reforms were undertaken, the authors highlight a number of common challenges and potential solutions that hold good across both countries and issue areas. They show that the scope for cross-national policy learning is enormous.

    The importance of such reform lessons is all the greater in the wake of the global financial and economic crisis. As OECD governments confront the challenge of trying to restore public finances to health without undermining the recovery, they will need to pursue a careful mix of fiscal policies and growth-enhancing structural reforms. Designing, adopting and implementing such a policy mix will require the crafting of effective reforms and effective strategies for implementing them.

  • 12-May-2010

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    Equal Opportunities? The Labour Market Integration of the Children of Immigrants

    The integration of the children of immigrants – both those born in the host country (the "second generation") and those who arrived young enough to be educated in the host country – is of growing policy relevance for OECD countries. This technical seminar proceedings sheds light on the issues involved in the labour market integration of the children of immigrants, and discusses policy answers and good practices.

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