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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13 June 2001
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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 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: - How much will the ageing of populations pressure public budgets over the next half century?  - How much of productivity growth is accounted for by dynamic new firms entering the market, by low-productivity firms going out of business or by improvements in efficiency within existing firms?  - How can environmental policies be made more cost-effective?  - What are key challenges for tax policy in modern economies?

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Table of Contents

I. General assessment of the macroeconomic situation
-Overview of the current situation and prospects
-Financial risks in a weaker world economy
-The global implications of a weaker US economy
-Policy requirements in OECD countries
-Appendix: The medium-term reference scenario
II. Developments in individual OECD countries
-United States
-United Kingdom
-Czech Republic
-New Zealand
-Slovak Republic
III. Developments in selected non-member economies
-The Russian Federation
IV. Fiscal implications of ageing: projections of age-related spending
-The baseline projections
-Sensitivity tests
-What are the policy options?
V. Challenges for tax policy in OECD countries
-Trends in tax receipts and structure
-Taxation of saving and business activity
-Taxation and the performance of labour and product markets
-Tax compliance, enforcement and decentralisation
VI. Encouraging environmentally sustainable growth: experience in OECD countries
-Increased use of economic instruments in environmental policy
-Policy implementation: competitiveness and distributional obstacles
-Policy implementation: sectoral issues
-Institutions for co-ordination
VII. Productivity and firm dynamics: evidence from microdata
-Introduction and summary
-The role of firm-level data for the analysis of productivity dynamics
-Productivity developments: the role of reallocation and within-firm growth
-Firm dynamics and survival
-Some policy considerations
List of special chapters in recent issues of OECD Economic Outlook
Statistical Annex
-Country classification
-Weighting scheme for aggregate measures
-National account reporting systems and base-years
-Annex Tables

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