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2009 OECD Economic Surveys: Italy 2009

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OECD's periodic review of Italy's economy. This edition finds Italy facing a sharp recession. After a general review of the impact of the crisis and potential for stimulus, it takes a closer look at the financial system, regulatory reform, and schools and opportunities for learning.

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Supporting regulatory reform

Even prior to the recent financial turmoil, Italy was being left behind by economic growth in many other countries. Low productivity growth has a number of causes, some of which have their origin in poor or excessive regulation, public services and administration, and the legal system, which an ISAE report refers to as the “non-material” infrastructure. As the OECD Regulatory Reform Review of Italy to be published this year describes, progress has been made in improving regulation, although the results have yet to show themselves in productivity growth. Continued reforms are needed, and must be supported by a more efficient public administration and more purposeful use of Regulatory Impact Assessment and exercises such as the Spending Reviews by the Technical Committee on Public Finance, in parallel with efforts through the Taglia Legge and Taglia Oneri programmes.

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