Reports


  • 7-April-2011

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    Economic Policy Reforms: Going for Growth 2011

    Going for Growth 2011 takes stock of recent progress in implementing policy reforms to improve labour productivity and utilisation that were identified as priorities in the 2010 edition.

  • 4-April-2011

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    Society at a Glance 2011 - OECD Social Indicators

    Society at a Glance offers a concise overview of quantitative social trends and policies across the OECD. This 2001 edition includes a wide range of social indicators - including for the major emerging economies - and features a special chapter on unpaid&

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  • 4-April-2011

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    Maintaining Momentum: OECD Perspectives on Policy Challenges in Chile

    To inform the current policy debate in Chile and present an economic assessment with concrete recommendations and policy options, this report provides a detailed analysis of the overall Chilean economic situation.

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  • 21-March-2011

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    Clone: Benefits and Wages: Country specific files

    Replacement rates (gross and net), country specific files, models and calculator from Benefits and Wages 2007, which provides detailed descriptions of all cash benefits available to those in and out of work as well as the taxes they were liable&

  • 24-November-2010

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    Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers - A Synthesis of Findings across OECD Countries

    Too many workers leave the labour market permanently due to health problems or disability, and too few people with reduced work capacity manage to remain in employment. This is a social and economic tragedy common to virtually all OECD countries. It also raises an apparent paradox that needs explaining: Why is it that the average health status is improving, yet large numbers of people of working age are leaving the workforce to rely on long-term sickness and disability benefits?  

    This report, the last in the OECD series Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers, synthesises the project’s findings and explores the possible factors behind the paradox described above. It highlights the roles of institutions and policies and concludes that higher expectations and better incentives for the main actors – workers, employers, doctors, public agencies and service providers – are crucial. Based on a review of good and bad practices across OECD countries, this report suggests a series of major reforms are needed to promote employment of people with health problems. 

    The report examines a number of critical policy choices between: tightening inflows and raising outflows from disability benefit, and promoting job retention and new hiring of people with health problems. It questions the need for distinguishing unemployment and disability as two distinct contingencies, emphasises the need for a better evidence base, and underlines the challenges for policy implementation.  

  • 24-November-2010

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    Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers - A Synthesis of Findings across OECD Countries

    Too many workers leave the labour market permanently due to health problems or disability, and too few people with reduced work capacity manage to remain in employment. This report, the last in the OECD series Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers, synthesises the project’s findin

  • 11-November-2010

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    Country Reviews of Labour Market and Social Policies

    This series of country-specific reviews of labour makret and social policies examines policies and institutions and makes recommendations for improvements.

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  • 31-October-2010

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    Distributional Consequences of Labor Demand Adjustments to a Downturn: A Model-Based Approach with Application to Germany 2008-09 (Social, Employment and Migration Working Paper No. 110)

    Macro-level changes can have substantial effects on the distribution of resources at the household level. While it is possible to speculate about which groups are likely to be hardest-hit, detailed distributional studies are still largely backward-looking.

  • 25-October-2010

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    Tackling Inequalities in Brazil, China, India and South Africa : The Role of Labour Market and Social Policies

    Greater integration into the world economy and important policy reforms have resulted in Brazil, China, India and South Africa becoming major actors in the globalisation process, with impressive results in terms of economic growth, social development and poverty reduction. But the benefits of stronger growth have not always been shared equally and income inequality has remained at very high levels.

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  • 18-August-2010

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    Sickness, Disability and Work: Breaking the Barriers: Sweden - Will the Recent Reforms Make It?

    Sickness and disability is a key economic policy concern for many OECD countries. Medical conditions, or problems labelled as such by societies and policy systems, are proving an increasing obstacle to raising labour force participation and keeping public expenditure under control. More and more people of working age rely on sickness and disability benefits as their main source of income, and the employment rates of those reporting disabling conditions are low. This report is an assessment of the Swedish reforms, which aim to lower inactivity and increase participation, against the background of recent trends and policy responses in other OECD countries. It looks at what Sweden is currently doing and what more it could do to transform its sickness and disability schemes from passive benefits to active support systems that promote work.    
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