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Going for Growth

Editorial and Executive Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing long-standing structural weaknesses in our economies and widening gaps in living standards among countries, regions and people. Just as the vaccine rollout gradually instils hope, the post-pandemic recovery creates new opportunities to set in place the foundations for a vibrant recovery. With continued macroeconomic support, policymakers can shape the recovery to boost growth, enhance resilience and inclusiveness, and improve environmental sustainability.

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How can structural policies boost growth, enhance resilience and inclusiveness, and improve environmental sustainability?

COVID-19 exposed existing structural weaknesses in our economies such as gaps in coverage of social safety nets and digital divides, reinforcing inequality. It added new challenges such as increased risk of unemployment and bankruptcies, scarring effects on youth, and the aggravation of physical and mental health of the vulnerable. Many economies were struggling with sluggish productivity growth, lack of quality jobs and green transition costs already before COVID-19.

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Find out how structural policies can address all these issues.

What are the priorities for international co-operation?

Domestic policies are the key recovery strategies. But the pandemic highlighted also the need for stronger international co-operation in the areas of health care and the manufacturing and distribution of health care equipment and vaccines, tackling climate change, taxation of multinationals in the digital economy, and reducing trade barriers.

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Find out how international co-operation can help.

What are the most frequent policy priorities?

Most frequent priorities refer to regulation of product markets and human capital. Find out more about the distribution of priorities for the recovery across advanced and emerging market economies.

Most frequent poliy priorities 

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OECD Going for Growth framework - how do we select policy priorities?

Previous releases

Going for Growth is an OECD flagship publication alongside the OECD Economic Outlook and OECD Economic Surveys. First published in 2005, this annual report provides an overview of structural policy developments in OECD countries from a comparative perspective. Based on a broad set of indicators of structural policies and performance, each edition takes stock of recent progress in implementing policy reforms to improve labour productivity and utilisation that were identified as priorities in the previous edition. The set of internationally comparable indicators provided here enables countries to assess their economic performance and structural policies in a broad range of areas.

 >> See also Economic Policy Papers, produced in the context of the work carried out on the two regular titles, OECD Economic Outlook and Going for Growth 

Economic Policy Reforms 2019

Going for Growth 2019

Overview of 2019 Going for Growth priorities
Going for Growth 2019 - reform actions taken in 2017-18
The integration of green growth in Going for Growth 2019
Country notes


Economic Policy Reforms 2018 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2018

Overview of structural reforms in the policy areas identified
Reform priorities in a difficult macro context
From GDP to average household income: A look at the transmission channels
Structural policies indicators 


Economic Policy Reforms 2017 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2017

Taking stock of reform action and identifying priorities in 2015
The effect of pro-growth structural reforms on income inequality
Country Notes
Pro-growth structural reforms, the environment and environmental policies
Going for Growth ten years after: Taking a longer perspective on reform action
Structural policies indicators 


Economic Policy Reforms 2016 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2016

Overview of structural reforms in the policy areas identified
Reform priorities in a difficult macro context
From GDP to average household income: A look at the transmission channels
Structural policies indicators 


Economic Policy Reforms 2015 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2015

Taking stock of reform action and identifying priorities in 2015
The effect of pro-growth structural reforms on income inequality
Country Notes
Pro-growth structural reforms, the environment and environmental policies
Going for Growth ten years after: Taking a longer perspective on reform action
Structural policies indicators 


Economic Policy Reforms 2014 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2014

Overview of structural reform actions in the policy areas identified as priorities for growth
Reducing regulatory barriers to competition: Progress since 2008 and scope for further reform
Country Notes
Structural policies indicators


Economic Policy Reforms 2013 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2013

Taking stock of reforms action and identifying priorities in 2013
The effects of growth-enhancing structural reforms on other policy objectives
Country Notes
Structural policies indicators


Economic Policy Reforms 2012 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2012

Structural reforms in times of crisis
Country Notes
Structural policy indicators
Can structural reforms kick-start the recovery? Lessons from 30 years of OECD reform
Reducing income inequality while boosting economic growth: Can it be done?
Under shock: How to spread macroeconomic risks more fairly


Economic Policy Reforms 2011 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2011 

An Overview of Going for Growth Priorites in 2011
Country Notes
Structural policy indicators
Housing and the economy: policies for renovation
Tackling current account imbalances: is there a role for structural policies?
A new look at OECD health care systems: typology, efficiency and policies


Economic Policy Reforms 2010 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth 2010 

Responding to the Crisis while Protecting Long-term Growth
Responding to the Going for Growth Policy Priorities: an Overview of Progress since 2005
Country Notes
Structural policy indicators
A family affair: intergenerational social mobility across OECD countries
Getting it right: prudential regulation and competition in banking
Going for Growth in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa


Economic Policy Reforms 2009 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth: 2009 

Structural Reform at a Time of Financial Crisis
Responding to the Going for Growth Policy Priorities: an Overview of Progress
Country Notes
Taxation and economic growth
Infrastructure investment: links to growth and the role of public policy
Reform of product market regulation in OECD countries: 1998-2008
Population structurel, employment and productivity


Economic Policy Reforms 2008 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth: 2008 

Responding to the Going for Growth 2007 Policy Priorities: an Overview of Progress
Country Notes
Explaining differences in hours worked across OECD countries
The scope to enhance efficiency in primary and secondary education
Policies to enhance investment in higher education
Economic geography and GDP per capita
International trade in services and domestic regulation


Economic Policy Reforms 2007 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth: 2007

Structural policy priorities: overview
Country Notes
Structural policy indicators
The employment effects of policies and institutions
Product market regulation and productivity convergence
Policies to strengthen competition in product markets
What shapes the implementation of structural reform?


Economic Policy Reforms 2006 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth: 2006

Progress in Responding to the 2005 Policy Priorities: Overview
Country Notes
Encouraging Innovation
Regulation of financial systems and economic growth
Alternative measures of well-being


Economic Policy Reforms 2005 | OECD Free preview | Powered by Keepeek Digital Asset Management

Going for Growth: 2005

Structural policy priorities
Structural policy indicators
Country Notes
Product market regulation in OECD countries: 1998 to 2003
The retirement effects of old-age pension and early retirement schemes in OECD countries
Female labour force participation: past trends and main determinants in OECD countries
Long-term budgetary implications of tax-favoured retirement saving plans

International Priorities

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