2008 OECD Economic Surveys: Spain 2008

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This 2008 edition of OECD's periodic survey of Spain's economy examines challenges being faced including that of improving the education system, improving the matching of workers to jobs, and fostering competition in product markets to boost productivity.

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Fostering competition in product markets to boost productivity

While significant advances have been made in strengthening product market competition in a number of areas, there is still considerable scope to enhance the role it can play in boosting productivity growth. Barriers to competition are still significant, including in sectors that produce intermediate goods and services, extending their negative impact on productivity throughout the economy. This chapter looks at the barriers to increased competition in goods and services markets and analyses the improvements introduced in recent years. These reforms concern sectoral aspects such as the regulation of network industries – in particular, the energy, telecommunications, transport and postal sectors, as well as other markets including savings banks, retail trade and the regulated liberal professions. Recent measures announced by the government, for instance in some network industries and in professional services, are a step in this direction.

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