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The favourable development of the German labour market since 2009 has continued during 2014. Employment rates have reached 74%, a historical peak level, and unemployment as well as youth unemployment continued to fall.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
Proposals to increase environmentally related taxes are often challenged on competitiveness grounds. The concern is that value creation in certain sectors might decline domestically if a country introduces environmentally related taxes unilaterally. This paper provides evidence on the short-term competitiveness impacts of the German electricity tax introduced unilaterally in 1999.
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Germany has reduced the mortality due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in line with other OECD countries
At the invitation of Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany, Secretary-General Gurría participated in working sessions on the Development Agenda alongside G7 partners, African Leaders and Heads of IGOs.
Germany is both the OECD’s second-largest country of immigration and one of the main origin countries of emigrants: 3.4 million people born in Germany were living in another OECD country in 2011, says a new OECD report “Talent Abroad: A Review of German Emigrants”.
The Secretary-General was in Berlin to present the 2015 OECD Skills Outlook. He also attended a number of meetings including the International Transport Forum annual summit in Leipzig and the G7 finance summit in Dresden.
Mr. Gurría delivered a keynote speech at a conference on policy options for more investment in Germany and Europe. He also met Mr. Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor of Germany, as well as other high-level German officials and Kristalina Georgieva, EU-Vice President and Commissioner for Budget and Staff.
Reforming and deregulating the domestically oriented sectors, including network industries, crafts and professional services would release hidden growth potential and prove beneficial to the economy as a whole. It could also help strengthen domestic demand and reduce dependence on exports.
Low oil prices and monetary easing are boosting growth in the world’s major economies, but the near-term pace of expansion remains modest, withabnormally low inflation and interest rates pointing to risks of financial instability, according to the OECD’s latest Interim Economic Assessment.