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2007 OECD Economic Surveys: Hungary 2007

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OECD's economic survey of Hungary 2007 assesses the government’s programme to cut the deficit and reform public spending. It also takes an in-depth look at family policies such as childcare provision and parental leave.

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Improving reconciliation between work and family

Hungarian family policy focuses on providing generous options to take time off work to look after children. This system not only contributes to Hungary’s low employment rate but encourages long separation from the labour market, has largely failed to significantly influence fertility rates and is relatively expensive to run. This chapter looks at how to shift the policy focus towards reconciling work and family life. Reasons for under-provision in childcare by local governments are discussed and recommendations for further central-government intervention to improve supply are made. Recommendations for reform are also made regarding the complex system of family cash benefits and leave allowances.

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