Working Papers


25-October-2010

English

United States: Restoring fiscal sustainability

The United States faces challenging budgetary prospects, as do most other OECD countries. The federal budget deficit widened considerably during the recession, reaching about 10% of GDP in both 2009 and 2010, reflecting the operation of automatic stabilizers and the policy response to the crisis

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30-September-2010

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Public-private partnerships and investment in infrastructure

How can governments reap the potential benefits of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the provision of infrastructure?

14-September-2010

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Sustaining the Momentum of Fiscal Reform in Hungary

Hungary has faced a considerable challenge to regain credibility following persistent and high fiscal deficits. Efforts during recent years have produced substantial results. These and other points are discussed in this working paper.

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13-September-2010

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A Simulation Model of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Government Accounts for the Analysis of Fiscal-Consolidation Strategies in Canada

This paper presents a simulation model of the main budget aggregates of federal, provincial and territorial governments in Canada. It also contains an analysis of the cyclicality of Canadian governments’ fiscal policies between 1984 and 2007.

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1-September-2010

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The Consequences of Banking Crises for Public Debt

The aim of this paper is to assess the consequences of banking crises for public debt. Using an unbalanced panel of 154 countries from 1980 to 2006, the paper shows that banking crises are associated with a significant and long-lasting increase in government debt.

30-July-2010

English

Korea: Health-care reform

Korea’s health-care system has contributed to the marked improvement in health conditions, while limiting spending to one of the lowest levels in the OECD through high patient co-payments and limited coverage of public health insurance.

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27-July-2010

English

Is there a case for carbon-based border tax adjustment? An applied general equilibrium analysis

Concern that unilateral greenhouse gas emission reductions could foster carbon leakage and undermine the international competitiveness of domestic industry has led to growing calls for carbon-based border-tax adjustments (BTAs).

27-July-2010

English

Are global imbalances sustainable? Post-crisis scenarios

This paper assesses the sustainability of global imbalances by testing for the presence of unit roots in the current account positions of the United States, China, Japan, Germany and the oil-exporting countries using a methodology that allows for structural breaks in levels and trends.

22-July-2010

English

European Union: Catching up and inflation: Balassa-Samuelson, Engel’s law and other culprits

This study analyses the impact of economic catching up on annual inflation rates in the European Union with a special focus on the new member countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

22-July-2010

English

Poland: Preparing for euro adoption

The paper focuses on the major structural reforms necessary to prepare for euro adoption that should allow a sustainable fulfilment of the Maastricht criteria and maximisation of the ensuing various benefits.

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