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OECD Economic Surveys: Czech Republic 2004

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OECD's periodic survey of the Czech economy. This issue's special feature covers migration. The survey opens with a detailed review of economic conditions and policy challenges and is followed by an assessment of fiscal policy, public expenditure reform, and the Czech strategy for adopting the Euro. Four additional chapters assess Czech policy towards business, employment, immigration, and the environment.

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Improving Policy Towards Business

Policy towards business has evolved considerably over the past decade or so and is now broadly similar to that found in many other OECD countries. The corporate-tax system includes targeted tax relief tilted towards poorer regions and favourable treatment of R&D spending as well as special support to small-and-medium enterprises. Markets are overseen by an independent competition authority, now backed up by the European Commission. And through privatisation the government has reduced direct ownership and control of production to levels comparable with many other OECD countries. Notably, the banking sector has been fully privatised (and there is now a strong foreign...

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