Working Papers


18-February-2009

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Financial crises: past lessons and policy implications

This overview paper examines the financial crisis in light of past country experience and economic theory and sets out some preliminary policy recommendations.

10-February-2009

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Health Care Reform in the United States

In spite of improvements, on various measures of health outcomes the United States appears to rank relatively poorly among OECD countries. Health expenditures, in contrast, are significantly higher than in any other OECD country.

27-January-2009

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Making the most of Norwegian schools

Traditionally, the Norwegian compulsory education system has focused strongly on the linked goals of equal opportunities to learn, comprehensive and inclusive education.

16-January-2009

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Can the financial sector continue to be the main growth engine in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg is today one of the main international centres for investment funds. Besides the sector’s direct and indirect employment effects, the most important effect is the large tax revenue generating capacity of the sector, accounting directly for over 20% of aggregate tax revenues.

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12-August-2008

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Tax reform for efficiency and fairness in Canada

In a context of fiscal surpluses,the Canadian government has been: markedly reducing corporate income and capital taxes; providing more personal tax relief especially at lower incomes and above all for saving; and cutting the federal value added tax (GST).

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13-June-2008

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Working Paper 5: Promoting Performance: Using Indicators to Enhance the Effectiveness of Sub Central Spending

This report examines the use of indicator systems for measuring and monitoring the delivery of sub-central public services. Specifically, the report aims to assess if and how central governments use such systems, the critical choices they face when designing and implementing them, and the constraints under which the systems operate. Particular attention is given to the rationale for using indicators in the context of intergovernmental

26-May-2008

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Working Paper 6: Market Mechanisms in Sub-Central Public Service Provision

This paper compares and analyses the use of market mechanisms in core sub central policy areas, namely education, health care, transport, social protection, and environment. Arrangements like tendering, outsourcing, user choice and competition, user fees and performance-related funding can help to improve quality of service provision or lower its cost. With around 32% of total public expenditure and often wide-ranging spending powers,

25-January-2008

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Transactional profit methods : discussion draft for public comment

As part of its monitoring of the implementation of the 1995 Transfer Pricing Guidelines, Working Party No. 6 of the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs is examining the application of transactional profit methods.<

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7-January-2008

English

Making Federalism Work in Italy

Italy has launched itself in the federalist direction by decentralising spending, regulatory and tax powers in the late 1990s and reinforcing growing lower level responsibilities with a constitutional reform in 2001, as discussed in this working paper.

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22-October-2007

English

The Costs of Delaying Fiscal Consolidation: A Case Study for Greece

Since 2004, the fiscal deficit has been brought down by over 5% of GDP to below the 3% limit in 2006. The government plans a more gradual reduction so that overall balance or surplus is reached no later than 2010. These and other points are discussed in this working paper.

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