OECD Economic Surveys: Austria

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OECD’s periodic surveys of the Austrian economy. Each edition surveys the major challenges faced by the country, evaluates the short-term outlook, and makes specific policy recommendations. Special chapters take a more detailed look at specific challenges. Extensive statistical information is included in charts and graphs.

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14 July 2015
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9789264238312 (EPUB) ; 9789264238282 (PDF) ; 9789264238190 (print)

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This 2015 OECD Economic Survey of Austria examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. Special chapters cover gender equality.

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  • Basic statistics of Austria, 2014

    This Survey is published on the responsibility of the Economic and Development Review Committee (EDRC) of the OECD, which is charged with the examination of the economic situation of member countries.The economic situation and policies of Austria were reviewed by the Committee on 11 June 2015. The draft report was then revised in the light of the discussions and given final approval as the agreed report of the whole Committee on 23 June 2015.The Secretariat’s draft report was prepared for the Committee by Rauf Gönenç, Volker Ziemann and Isabelle Hassler, under the supervision of Andreas Wörgötter. Mathilde Mesnard (NAEC Unit), Monika Queisser and Willem Adema (ELS) provided valuable inputs. Research assistance was provided by Béatrice Guérard and secretarial assistance by Heloise Wickramanayake.This Survey is published under the responsibility of the Secretary-General of the OECD.The previous Survey of Austria was issued in July 2013.Information about the latest as well as previous Surveys and more information about how Surveys are prepared is available at www.oecd.org/eco/surveys.

  • Executive summary
  • Assessment and recommendations
  • Progress in structural reform

    This annex summaries key recommendations made in previous Surveys and main actions taken since the OECD Economic Survey on Austria published in July 2013.

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    • Austria's separate gender roles model faces tensions

      Austria has a model of separate gender roles in work, family and life arrangements which persists despite efforts to better balance these roles. Irrespective of their education level – which is higher for new generations than men’s – the majority of women with children withdraw fully or partly from the labour force until their children reach school age, and beyond. This pattern has provided the Austrian population with generally high quality family services, but buttressed gender inequalities, and deprived society from the activation of existing talent, and therefore from additional household incomes, fiscal revenues and potential output. Gender differences in life-time career and income paths, well‑being, and participation patterns in public life generate increasing dissatisfaction in growing segments of society, among both women and men.

    • Towards more gender equality

      provides empirical evidence for strong and persistent patterns of separated gender roles in Austria. While this model is generally considered to have worked well in the past, it faces important challenges arising from societal and economic changes in Austria. Hence, gender mainstreaming with the aim of more gender equality ranks high on the agenda of Austrian policy makers. An integrated policy framework to make Austria more gender-equal should build on 3 pillars: i) make the tax and benefit system more employment friendly; ii) extend the care service infrastructure; and iii) encourage more flexible workplace practices. Streamlining family policies across regions and levels of government would entail efficiency gains for all pillars. Long-run simulations suggest that achieving more gender equality in Austria could boost GDP by 13 percentage points until 2060. In addition, promoting more gender equality in the Austrian Society will improve Austrians’ well-being.

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