2013 OECD Economic Surveys: Iceland 2013

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OECD's 2013 Economic Survey of Iceland examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. It includes a special feature on reinforcing the public debt reduction strategy.

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Assessment and recommendations

Iceland is a very small resource-based economy. It is highly volatile and has the smallest floating currency in the world. The labour market is flexible, reducing the costs of coping with this volatility. Icelanders are generally well educated, although the high school drop-out rate is a concern, and typically enjoy good health outcomes. Income inequality is among the lowest in the OECD. Government administration is efficient, especially when allowing for the absence of economies of scale in service delivery, and the overall tax burden is moderate.

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