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Services provided by accountants, lawyers, engineers and architects are among the fastest-growing sectors in OECD economies, but international trade and investment in these professional services remain hindered by complex domestic regulations. Participants considered concrete policy options for advancing liberalisation through regulatory reform, while maintaining high standards for consumer protection.
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A Workshop on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment was held in Brazil in February 1997. These proceedings outline the state of play of the negotiations at that time.
The Conference, organised by the OECD Tourism Committee and the Ministry of Tourism of Mexico was opened by Mrs. Silvia Hernandez, Minister of Tourism (Mexico) and by Mr. Erich Musyl (Austria).
How can we adequately compare output and productivity growth across countries? Well-established measures of output and productivity growth have come under scrutiny because they have not always been able to reflect the rapid quality changes in pro...
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Liberalisation of foreign direct investment (FDI) has been an essential element in the increasing internationalisation of the economy, and has enhanced France's image as an FDI host country. Thanks to a surge in direct investment flows since 1984-1985, France has become the third-ranking country in the OECD area in terms of inward FDI and fourth in terms of outward FDI at end 1994. The abrogation in early 1996 of the prior approval
The aim of this paper is to provide a critical description of some of the indicators most frequently used in analysing competitiveness.
The Third International Forum on Tourism Statistics, organised by Portugal's National Statistical Office and Tourism Directorate in co-operation with Eurostat and the OECD.
High and rising unemployment rates in the early 1990s have moved the employment question centre-stage in the policy debate. This paper aims at identifying common results and trends from national studies, as well as identifying "best practices" of analysis and data gathering.
The paper shows the results of a pilot study for six industrial sectors in seven OECD Member countries (Canada, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States) whereby short-term qualitative indicators are used to "nowcast" a quantitative indicator, the production index.
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Switzerland has long played an important role as both home and host to multinational enterprises. Certain large Swiss firms are among the most active foreign direct investors, and foreign firms are often keen to exploit the advantages of investing in Switzerland. These advantages stem partly from a general openness to inward investment, a central geographical location within Europe and a well-developed infrastructure. This report