Publications & Documents


  • 12-August-2013

    English

    The benefits and costs of highly expansionary monetary policy

    How far to go – and to remain – in the direction of highly expansionary monetary policy hinges on the balance of marginal benefits and costs of additional monetary easing and its expected evolution over time. This paper sketches a framework for assessing this balance and applies it to four OECD economic areas: the euro area, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

  • 12-August-2013

    English

    The effectiveness of monetary policy since the onset of the financial crisis

    In the wake of the Great Recession, a massive monetary policy stimulus was provided in the main OECD economies. It helped to stabilise financial markets and avoid deflation. Nonetheless, GDP growth has been sluggish and in some countries lower than expected given the measures taken, and estimated economic slack remains large.

  • 5-August-2013

    English

    Deleveraging: challenges, progress and policies

    In the run-up to the financial crisis, indebtedness of households and non-financial businesses rose to historically high levels in many OECD countries; gross debt of financial companies rose dramatically relative to GDP. Much of the debt accumulation appears to have been based on excessive risk-taking and exceptional macro-economic conditions and therefore not sustainable.

  • 2-August-2013

    English

    OECD Working Papers on Sovereign Borrowing and Public Debt Management

    OECD Working Papers on Sovereign Borrowing and Public Debt Management provide authoritative information on technical and policy issues in the area of public debt management (PDM) and government securities markets. Studies closely track structural issues, trends and challenges in government debt policies and markets.

  • 1-August-2013

    English

    Assessing the cost effectiveness of index-linked bond issuance

    Sovereign index-linked bond issuance has grown significantly since the early 1980s and index-linked bonds have become a widely accepted part of the set of instruments that sovereign debt managers use for funding purposes. This paper sets out a methodology for assessing their cost effectiveness relative to other financing options, using UK examples for illustration.

  • 25-July-2013

    English

    Insurance statistics - OECD online database

    The insurance industry is a major component of the economy by virtue of the amount of premiums it collects, the scale of its investment and, more fundamentally, the essential social and economic role it plays by covering personal and business risks. This database gathers major official insurance statistics for all OECD countries as well as Singapore.

  • 19-July-2013

    English

    Retirement Savings Adequacy

    This project is investigating whether people are saving enough for retirement and examining the role that private pensions can play in the retirement readiness of the working age population.

  • 19-July-2013

    English, PDF, 295kb

    Effective approaches to support the implementation of the G20 High-Level Principles of Financial Consumer Protection - Update Report

    Prepared for the G20 Summit on 5-6 September 2013, this update on the implementation of the G20 High-Level Principles on Financial Consumer Protection is organised around three priority principles: Disclosure and Transparency; Responsible Business Conduct of Financial Services Providers and their Authorised Agents; and, Complaints Handling and Redress.

  • 18-July-2013

    English

    Pension Fund Investment in Infrastructure: A Comparison between Australia and Canada

    At a time when many governments are looking to encourage private investment in infrastructure to bridge the infrastructure financing gap, this paper compares the experience of pension funds in Canada and Australia, looking at infrastructure policies, the pension system, investment strategies, asset allocation and governance of pension funds.

  • 12-July-2013

    English

    Annuity products

    The OECD is working on improving the understanding of the problems facing annuity markets by focusing more closely on the nature of the guarantees provided by annuity products and their costs for insurance companies and consumers.

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