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  • 25-October-2016

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    Korea in the OECD: 20 years of progress

    The invitation for Korea to join the OECD represented the culmination of 35 years of extraordinary growth, which transformed Korea into a major industrial power with a leading innovation capacity. Korea has been among our most rapidly growing members over the past two decades, achieving a GDP growth rate of 4.2%, double the OECD average, and boosting per capita income from 57% of the OECD average in 1996 to 87% in 2015.

  • 25-October-2016

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    Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, in Seoul on 25-26 October 2016

    The Secretary-General opened a seminar marking the 20th anniversary of Korea’s membership in the OECD. He also delivered a keynote speech at the Seoul Economic-Democratisation Forum and met with Korean President Geun-hye Park.

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  • 11-October-2016

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    Labour market reforms in Korea to promote inclusive growth

    Labour market reforms are essential to promote social cohesion by removing obstacles to employment, particularly for women, youth and older persons.

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  • 11-October-2016

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    Raising Korea’s productivity through innovation and structural reform

    Raising productivity requires addressing a wide range of policies that affect resource allocation, the creation and diffusion of technology, human capital and the creation and financing of start-ups.

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  • 26-September-2016

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    Environmental taxes: Key findings for Korea

    This country note provides an environmental tax and carbon pricing profile for Korea. It shows environmentally related tax revenues, taxes on energy use and effective carbon rates.

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  • 8-July-2016

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    Database on instruments used for environmental policy

    This database provides information on environmentally related taxes, fees and charges, tradable permit systems, deposit refund systems, environmentally motivated subsidies and voluntary approaches used in environmental policy in OECD member countries and a number of other countries. Developed in co-operation between the OECD and the European Environment Agency.

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  • 22-June-2016

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    Government at a Glance: How Korea Compares

    This report provides a series of indicators on Korea's policymaking practices and government performance compared to those of other OECD countries and of the G7 countries. Based on the Korean government reform objectives, this publication discusses how to strengthen evidence-based policymaking in the Korean public administration and, more generally, how to improve public service delivery and results for more inclusive growth. Although Korea is currently in an enviable fiscal situation compared to other OECD and G7 countries, the growing old-age-dependency ratio will inevitably increase budget pressures in the coming years. Concrete actions are therefore needed now to promote greater efficiency and value for money in public spending and public service delivery.
  • 8-June-2016

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    Seminar on Korea’s 20th Anniversary to OECD Membership

    It is a great honour to be with you today to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Korea’s accession to our Organisation. The invitation to Korea to join the OECD represented the culmination of 35 years of extraordinary growth that transformed it from one of the poorest nations in the world to a major industrial power with one of the highest levels of R&D expenditure relative to GDP in the OECD.

  • 16-May-2016

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    Korea needs new reforms to boost productivity, employment and growth

    Korea needs to boost productivity, increase employment and stoke economic activity as part of efforts to reverse current trends toward slower growth and low inflation, according to a new report from the OECD.

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  • 27-April-2016

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    Overview of Health Policy in Korea

    In the past 30 years Korea has gone from having a limited medical infrastructure, fragmented financing and limited population coverage, to a health care system characterised by universal coverage, one of the highest life expectancies in the world while still having one of the lowest levels of health expenditure among OECD countries.

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