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As a result of reforms and financial sector development, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) now exerts significant control over money market interest rates.
This paper analyses the factors influencing the level and volatility of real house prices in a panel of OECD countries over the period 1980-2005.
There is growing interest in the role of independent fiscal institutions, or fiscal councils, in helping to improve fiscal performance.
This paper tests the hypothesis that, by giving people more voice in the government decision-making process, fiscal decentralisation fosters social capital, measured in terms of interpersonal trust.
Despite large differences across countries, Latin America’s average investment-to-GDP ratio and the overall quality of infrastructure in the region are relatively low by international comparison.
Turkey is recovering from its most severe recession in several decades.
Although Canada remains in an advantageous fiscal position relative to many other OECD countries as the global economy recovers from the 2008/09 recession, the deterioration in the country’s public finances has been substantial.
This paper provides a broad overview of policy goals and instruments and commonly used performance and policy indicators related to land transport.
The process of fiscal consolidation and the need to step up the poor long term economic performance provide an opportunity to implement tax measures to improve efficiency and rebalance the economy.
Large shifts in countries’ external current account positions can be disruptive, often reflecting sudden stops in the flows of external finance and leading to exchange rate and banking crises.