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Economic Policy Reforms 2009

Going for Growth

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Going for Growth 2009 highlights the most appropriate structural reforms to pursue to improve performance, takes stock of recent progress in implementing structural policy reforms and identifies five policy priorities for each OECD country that could lift economic growth in the long run. It calls for reforms in a number of areas in order to strengthen labour productivity and employment, including reforms to education systems, product market regulation, agricultural policies, tax and benefit systems, health care and labour market policies. In addition, this issue contains four analytical chapters covering taxation and economic growth, reform of product market regulation, infrastructure investment and the effect of population structure on employment and productivity.

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Reform of Product Market Regulation in OECD Countries

1998-2008

This chapter presents patterns and developments in regulation that affect competition in product markets of OECD countries over the past ten years, using the updated and substantially revised OECD indicators of product market regulation (PMR). It shows countries’ relative regulatory positions in 2008, assesses the extent of regulatory reforms, analyses the role of reforms in particular sectors for reforms in aggregate PMR, and points to the potential for future reform.

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