OECD Economic Surveys: Ireland

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OECD’s periodic surveys of the Irish 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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08 Mar 2006
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This 2006 edition of OECD's periodic survey of Ireland's economy examines key economic challenges and risks faced by this rapidly-growing economy. The special feature focuses on boosting growth through greater competition. Other challenges covered include improving the education system, boosting R&D, investing in public infrastructure, and boosing female labour participation. Risks examined include the housing boom and keeping public finances on track. 
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Table of Contents

Assesment and Recommendations
Chapter 1. Overview of the Key Challenges
-Recent Performance - The 2000s So Far
-In the Longer Term, Productivity Will Be the Main Driver of Income Growth
-Continued Growth Will Also Require Greater Labour Supply
-Managing Macroeconomic Risks
-Summing Up
-Annex 1.A1. Progress in Structural Reform
Chapter 2. Boosting Growth through Greater Competition
-Regulatory Policies in Individual Sectors
-Competition Law is Adequate but Hard to Enforce
-Annex 2.A1. Follow Up on Regulatory Reforms
Chapter 3. Investing in Skills
-Pre-Tertieary Education
-Fees Could Improve Access and Provide Additional Funding for Higher Education
-Creating Favourable Conditions for Lifelong Learning
-Increasing Investment in Human Capital in an Efficient Way
Chapter 4. More Innovation, Better Results
-Ireland's Innovation Performance
-Policy and Framework Influences on R&D
-Policy Issues
Chapter 5. Closing the Infrastructure Gap
-Infrastructure is Lacking
-Investment in Infrastructure is Given High Priority
-Ensuring Efficiency in the Provision and Use of Public Infrastructure
-Conclusion: Preparing for the Long Run
Chapter 6. Removing Obstacles to Employment for Women
-Female Participation is Still Relatively Low
-Removing Obstacles to Higher Participation
-Recommendations for Sustaining Growth in Women's Labour Force Participation
Chapter 7. The Housing Boom
-Forces Driving the Housing Market
-Are House Prices Overvalued?
-Key Policy Issues
-Annex 7.A1. Determinants of Real House Prices: An Econometric Approach
Chapter 8. Keeping Public Finances on Track
-Recent Budgets Have Continued the Trend towards Higher Social Spending
-Public Finances in the Medium and Long Term
-The Fiscal Framework is Lagging behind Best Practice

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