Working Papers


  • 18-May-2009

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    Working Paper 7: Taxes and Grants: On the Revenue Mix of Sub-Central Governments

    This paper analyses trends and driving forces in the revenue composition of sub-central government (SCG). Between 1995 and 2005 the share of SCG in total government spending increased significantly from 31 to 33 percent while the SCG tax share remained stable at around 17 percent, increasing SCG’s dependence on intergovernmental grants. While equal access to public services is the most common justification for such grants, the grant

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  • 18-May-2009

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    Working Paper 8: The Spending Power of Sub-Central Governments: A Pilot Study

    This pilot study presents indicators that assess sub-central government (SCG) spending power by policy area. Traditional indicators – such as the share of SCG in total government spending – are often misleading as they underestimate the impact of central government regulation on sub-central spending patterns. In order to gauge true spending power, a set of institutional indicators is established, based on a detailed assessment of

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  • 20-March-2009

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    Government consumption volatility and the size of nations

    The aim of this paper is to analyze the relation between the volatility of government consumption and country size. The results are robust to different time and country samples, different econometric techniques and to several sets of control variables.

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  • 9-March-2009

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    Achieving fiscal flexibility and safeguarding sustainability - The case of Slovakia

    Euro Area entry calls for more fiscal flexibility to absorb cyclical shocks that cannot be dealt with by the common monetary policy. At the same time fiscal consolidation must not be put at risk, especially given rising ageing related costs.

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  • 6-March-2009

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    Public comments on the Transfer Pricing Aspects of Business Restructurings

    On 19 September 2008, the OECD Committee on Fiscal Affairs released for comment a discussion draft on the Transfer Pricing Aspects of Business Restructurings<

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  • 27-February-2009

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    Fiscal Convergence, Business Cycle Volatility and Growth

    This paper analyzes the effects of fiscal convergence on business cycle volatility and growth. Our empirical results are economically and statistically significant, and robust.

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  • 27-February-2009

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    Stabilization Effects of Social Spending: Empirical Evidence from a Panel of OECD Countries

    The aim of this paper is to assess the ability of social spending to smooth output shocks and to provide stabilization. The results show that overall social spending is able to smooth about 16 percent of a shock to GDP.

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  • 24-February-2009

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    Reforming the tax system in Korea to promote economic growth and cope with rapid population ageing

    Korea has one of the lowest tax burdens in the OECD area, reflecting its small public sector. However, rapid population ageing will put upward pressure on government spending.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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