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These country notes contain over 50 indicators which compare the political and institutional frameworks of national governments as well as revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation. They include a description of government policies on integrity, e-government and open government.
How do services commitments in RTAs influence multilateral negotiations? Through 4 case studies of the RTAs of Chile, Japan, the EU and the US, this paper looks at political economy issues underlying RTAs in general, as well as the specific concessions that countries make on trade in services.
Transparent design and implementation of domestic regulation reduces business costs for the public and private sector, according to these case studies from Australia, the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The euro area is recovering from a severe recession. The build-up of large economic, fiscal and financial imbalances poses a major challenge. A new cross-cutting approach to these policy areas, together with structural reforms, is now required to make national economies more stable.
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A study of water (irrigation) pricing in France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Mexico, a background report to the book Sustainable Management of Water Resources in Agriculture (OECD, 2010).
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This note is taken from Chapter 3 of Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2010.
Progress in raising research and innovation efforts in Europe has been slow. Measurement and evaluation of innovation outcomes and policies should be enhanced and a fully integrated European Research Area developed.
The single market programme has already brought long–term benefits, but more can be done to enhance competitive pressures and ensure proper implementation of single market rules.
The EU needs to make the transition to a low–carbon economy, increase cross–border competition in electricity and gas markets and diversify Europe’s energy supply.
The EU is facing significant challenges in the face of the worst global recession in 50 years. To improve economic performance reforms are necessary to strengthen innovation, deepen the single market, aid transition to a low-carbon economy and improve access to European markets.