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William White, Chair, OECD Economic and Development Review Committee on tackling imbalances and avoiding another crisis.
The deep scars of the crisis can be relieved through appropriate policy action, particularly in competition, jobs, taxes and financial services. This would bolster long-term growth too.
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Special Chapter from Economic Outlook 87, May 2010
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The future growth path in Luxembourg is likely to be weaker than in the past. Pension reform, together with fiscal consolidation, is required to put the public finances on a sustainable footing, while adaptability of the labour market need to be improved.
The Polish economy has become increasingly connected with the international economy, but challenges are widespread to improve Poland’s position in global markets.
Major structural reforms are necessary to prepare for euro adoption, all the more as the process of real and nominal convergence remains largely incomplete. This requires a substantial strengthening of alternative adjustment mechanisms to domestic interest- and exchange-rate changes.
Unemployment has fallen significantly prior to the crisis, not least due to past labour market reforms, and has remained surprisingly stable during this recession – both relative to past experience and vis à vis other OECD countries.
The potential growth rate of the economy has been low for a long time and the crisis has had a further adverse impact.