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Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2014, June 2014 version. The notes are available in PDF format.
Poland’s productivity has grown strongly over the past decade, and efforts to reduce the regulatory burden have been significant. Despite impressive progress, product market regulation remains more burdensome than in most OECD countries, partly due to the importance of red tape and the level of state involvement in the economy.
Poor labour market outcomes remain one of Poland’s major structural weaknesses, impeding firms’ competitiveness and the nation’s potential output. Boosting employment prospects is also critical, as the country will soon be ageing at a fast pace.
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The average worker in Poland faced a tax burden on labour income (tax wedge) of 35.6% in 2013 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%. Poland was ranked 21 of the 34 OECD member countries in this respect.
Poland’s overall economic performance has been impressive over the last decade. Yet, important challenges remain ahead. Making the labour market work better and strengthening product market competition would boost economic prospects.
Poland’s economic performance has been impressive over the past 15 years, but further reforms are now needed to put the economy firmly back on track for stronger and sustainable growth, according to the OECD’s latest Economic Survey of Poland.
A broad agenda of reforms in four areas – labour markets, education, product markets and innovation – should strengthen Poland’s economy and allow it to continue its path of convergence towards the income levels of the more affluent OECD economies, said Angel Gurría during a seminar in Warsaw.
Poland has made considerable progress in transforming the structure of its economy, but unemployment is still far too high, and restrictive product market regulations continue to hinder economic activity. Reforms are needed for Poland to build on its strong track record and launch itself as an innovation–based economy, Mr Gurría said during the launch.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, was in Warsaw on 10 March 2014 to present the 2014 OECD Economic Survey of Poland and to meet with Mr. Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Janusz Piechociński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and several Ministers of the Polish government.