Given the high debt level, large-scale increases in social spending are not affordable. Instead, Japan needs to focus on the underlying cause of rising equality and poverty through structural reforms that can provide a double dividend by boosting economic growth and social cohesion.
Across OECD countries some 83 million people suffer from diabetes. On current trends, that will rise to almost 100 million by 2030.
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Background document to the European Diabetes Leadership Forum (EDLF) in Copenhagen, 25-26 April 2012.
The project "Benefits and Wages" addresses the complicated interactions of tax and benefit systems for different family types and labour market situations and their impact on household incomes and financial work incentives.
At a time when ever more information is available about the quality of health care, the challenge for policy makers is to better understand the policies and approaches that sit behind the numbers. Korea is the first country report in a new OECD series evaluating the quality of health care across OECD countries – whether care is safe, effective and responsive to patients’ needs. OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality examine what works and what does not work, both to benchmark the efforts of countries and to provide advice on reforms to improve quality of health care. This series of individual country reviews will be followed by a final summary report on the lessons learnt for good policy practices.
The protests and social unrest which brought people out to the streets in many countries are a reminder that inequality is a major threat to our economies and to our wellbeing, said OECD Secretary-General.
Women are still under-represented in top corporate jobs, despite efforts in many countries to promote their participation on boards, according to new OECD data.
The European Diabetes Leadership Forum (EDLF), to be held in Copenhagen on 25-26 April 2012, is hosted by the OECD and the Danish Diabetes Association.
More people in developed countries are overweight or obese than ever before, dooming them to years of ill-health and early death. New OECD data show however that in some countries obesity rates are slowing, and that’s good news for people’s health and government budgets.
This paper studies the impact of recent changes in second pension pillars of three Central and Eastern European Countries on the deficit and implicit debt of their full pension systems.