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2003 OECD Economic Surveys: Austria 2003

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This 2003 edition of OECD's periodic economic reviews of Austria includes special feature on fostering labour market participation, product market competition and macroeconomic performance and on aspects of sustainable development.

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Assessment and Recommendations

Austria has established a reputation as a well performing economy. Among the European countries, Austria belongs to the group of five with the highest GDP per capita since the end of the 1980s. Unemployment in Austria has been consistently at the lower end within the EU and the OECD. Yet, in recent years the Austrian growth performance has weakened relative to the other high-income countries and unemployment, while still being relatively low, has increased to levels hardly known in the past. The weakening of Austria’s growth performance is largely reflected in weaker employment generation whose adverse effects were not offset by higher productivity growth...

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