The world economy is still suffering from the strains of the longest crisis of modern times, and nowhere is this more evident than in the high unemployment numbers. In this OECD Observer Roundtable, we asked a cross-section of ministers: “What actions are you taking to create more and better jobs in your economy?”
Mr. Stefan Kapferer was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD on October 6, 2014. He promotes the OECD’s work specifically in the areas of productivity, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SME’s and Local Development, Skills Strategy, Health and Inequality and Gender Strategy.
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High variations in health care use for knee replacement and cardiac procedures, suggest more effort is needed to improve the appropriateness of health care activities in Germany.
Mari Kiviniemi, Finland’s former Prime Minister, and Stefan Kapferer, currently State Secretary at Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, have been appointed Deputy Secretaries-General of the OECD.
Twenty years ago climate change was viewed as just an environmental issue. Today it is squarely an economic issue. Climate change poses significant risks to our economic systems that could result in very large damages. To mitigate these risks we need to radically transform our economies and societies to stop global warming.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Berlin on 13 and 14 May 2014 to attend the annual meeting that Chancellor Angela Merkel holds with the heads of some leading International Organisations.
Building on the success of past reforms, Germany should continue to further wellbeing by improving financial sector resilience, strengthening productivity in services and making economic growth more inclusive and green.
Germany’s current economic success offers a good platform for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, but further reforms will be necessary over the medium and long term, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Germany.
The average worker in Germany faced a tax burden on labour income (tax wedge) of 49.3% in 2013 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%. Germany was ranked 2 of the 34 OECD member countries in this respect.
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Note summarising the performance of German 15-year-old students in the PISA 2012 assessment of problem solving.