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OECD Economic Surveys: Finland 2004

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In this 2004 review of the Finnish economy, OECD finds that Finland’s recent strong performance is threatened by population ageing and falling productivity and prices in the ICT sector. OECD suggests countering these pressures by boosting competition and expanding employment by further reducing early retirement schemes and tapering unemployment benefits. This edition’s special feature suggests other fiscal measures to counter the budgetary pressures of the ageing population. 

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Product Market Competition and Economic Performance

Since the deep recession of the early 1990s growth has been strong and productivity gains were among the highest in the OECD. However, the scope for economic catch-up remains considerable. A substantial productivity gap vis-à-vis the best performing OECD countries persists and unemployment remains uncomfortably high and most of it is structural. Lowering it calls for labour market reforms...

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