OECD Economic Outlook

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The OECD Economic Outlook is the OECD’s twice-yearly analysis of the major economic trends and prospects for the next two years. Prepared by the OECD Economics Department, the Outlook puts forward a consistent set of projections for output, employment, government spending, prices and current balances based on a review of each member country and of the induced effect on each of them on international developments.

Coverage is provided for all OECD member countries as well as for selected non-member countries. Each issue includes a general assessment, chapters summarizing developments and providing projections for each individual country, three to five chapters on topics of current interest such as housing, and an extensive statistical annex with a wide variety of variables including general debt.
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03 Aug 2000
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Twice a year, the OECD Economic Outlook analyses the major trends that will mark the next two years. It provides in-depth coverage of the economic policy measures required to foster high and sustainable economic growth in each Member country. Recent measures and forthcoming developments in major non-OECD economies in East Asia, Central and Eastern Europe (particularly Russia), and South America are also evaluated in detail.

In addition to the themes featured in every semi-annual edition, this issue also addresses these important questions: -What is the role of information and communication technology in economic growth? - What are the economic implications of the expansion of e-commerce? - How can regulatory reform, in particular in network industries, best improve economic performance? - How has labour market performance evolved in recent years? - Has the increase in the size of financial markets influenced the speed and strength with which monetary policy affect economic activity and inflation?

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Table of Contents

I. General assessment of the macroeconomic situation
-The global economic situation and the outlook for the OECD area
-Uncertainties surrounding major global forces at work
-Policy requirements in OECD countries
-Appendix: Medium-term scenarios
II. Developments in individual OECD countries
United States
-United Kingdom
-Czech Republic
-New Zealand
III. Developments in selected non-member economies
-Dynamic Asia and China
-Russian Federation and Central and Eastern Europe
-South America
IV. Regulatory reform in network industries: past experience and current issues
-Evolving regulation: trends and outcomes
-Improving regulation where it remains necessary
V. Recent growth trends in OECD countries
-Growth rates in GDP and GDP per capita
-Decomposition of growth in GDP per capita: demographics, labour productivity and labour utilisation
-The role of information and communication technology
-Multi-factor productivity growth
-Concluding remarks
VI. E-commerce: impacts and policy challenges
-Defining and measuring e-commerce
-Framework conditions for the development of e-commerce
-Economic impacts and prospective policy challenges of e-commerce
VII. Recent labour-market performance and structural reforms
-Labour market trends since 1997
-The forces acting: policy reforms
VIII.Monetary policy in a changing financial environment
-Changes in financial markets and implications for balance sheets
-Implications of higher asset values for the functioning of the economy
-Implications for monetary policy
Statistical Annex
-Country classification
-Weighting scheme for aggregate measures
-Annex Tables

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