2018 OECD Economic Surveys: Netherlands 2018

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The Netherlands is experiencing strong growth and tight labour markets, with favourable economic prospects and sound public finances. But there are downward financial risks to the economic outlook and the country is exposed to Brexit. Looking forward, reforms are needed to move toward a more inclusive society in the context where digitalisation and globalisation will alter the functioning of the economy. The tax system needs to be streamlined to support growth, without increasing inequality. Labour-market inclusiveness could also be enhanced along several dimensions. A combination of tax and regulatory reforms would ensure a better job quality for the self-employed and workers on temporary contracts without discouraging these types of work. There is also scope to reduce the large gender gap in part time work and enhance skills of vulnerable workers. Finally, adressing population ageing will also require reforms to occupational pension plans and ensuring an adequate supply fo health professionals.



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Basic statistics of the Netherlands, 2017

This Survey is published on the responsibility of the Economic and Development Review Committee of the OECD, which is charged with the examination of the economic situation of member countries.The economic situation and policies of The Netherlands were reviewed by the Committee on 23 May 2018. The draft report was then revised in the light of the discussions and given final approval as the agreed report of the whole Committee on 6 June 2018.The Secretariat’s draft report was prepared for the Committee by Rafal Kierzenkowski, Annabelle Mourougane and Mark Baker under the supervision of Pierre Beynet. Statistical research assistance was provided by Gabor Fulop and editorial assistance by Claude-Annie Manga-Collard. The Survey also benefitted from contributions by Andrew Auerbach, Boele Bonthuis, Balázs Égert, Lindy Gielens and Marius Luske.The previous Survey of The Netherlands was issued in March 2016.Information about the latest as well as previous Surveys and more information about how Surveys are prepared is available at www.oecd.org/eco/surveys.


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