Publications & Documents


27-February-2009

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Fiscal Convergence, Business Cycle Volatility and Growth

This paper analyzes the effects of fiscal convergence on business cycle volatility and growth. Our empirical results are economically and statistically significant, and robust.

27-February-2009

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Stabilization Effects of Social Spending: Empirical Evidence from a Panel of OECD Countries

The aim of this paper is to assess the ability of social spending to smooth output shocks and to provide stabilization. The results show that overall social spending is able to smooth about 16 percent of a shock to GDP.

26-February-2009

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Alternatives to traditional regulation

This report updates and extends the earlier work of the OECD on alternatives to traditional regulation, drawing on the experiences of individual countries in using alternative approaches. It also provides a framework to assist policy makers in selecting those instruments that are particularly applicable in different circumstances, facilitating the desire of many countries to reduce red tape and the burdens imposed on agents by

24-February-2009

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Reforming the tax system in Korea to promote economic growth and cope with rapid population ageing

Korea has one of the lowest tax burdens in the OECD area, reflecting its small public sector. However, rapid population ageing will put upward pressure on government spending.

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24-February-2009

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OECD Rural Policy Reviews: China

This report analyses the key socio-economic forces at work in China’s rural areas and discusses the current government strategy for rural development

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18-February-2009

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Financial crises: past lessons and policy implications

This overview paper examines the financial crisis in light of past country experience and economic theory and sets out some preliminary policy recommendations.

16-February-2009

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6th OECD-Asian Senior Budget Officials meeting, 12-13 February 2009, Bangkok, Thailand

The 6th annual meeting of OECD-Asian Senior Budget Officials, hosted by the Thai Bureau of the Budget, took place in Bangkok on 12-13 February 2009.

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13-February-2009

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OECD Rural Policy Reviews: Spain

Spain has recently undertaken a major reform of its rural policies. This new framework creates a multi-sectoral and place-based “rural policy of state”, making Spain better equipped to address the challenges and opportunities of rural areas.

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11-February-2009

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Economic Survey of Hungary 2010: Sustaining the momentum of fiscal reform

The fiscal deficit has been gradually brought down even in the midst of a deep recession, pro-cyclical fiscal tightening continued. Fiscal sustainability is aimed to be restored by the recent reforms.

10-February-2009

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Health Care Reform in the United States

In spite of improvements, on various measures of health outcomes the United States appears to rank relatively poorly among OECD countries. Health expenditures, in contrast, are significantly higher than in any other OECD country.

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