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OECD Economic Surveys: United Kingdom 2011

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The 2011 edition of OECD's periodic survey of the UK economy.  This edition includes chapters covering supporting the recovery and rebalancing the economy, improving the functioning of the housing market, reforming education in England, and climate change policy in the UK.

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Executive summary

The UK economy emerged from the 2008-09 recession with elevated public and private debt and high unemployment. Strong growth and macroeconomic stability in the run-up to the crisis had hidden a build-up of significant imbalances, influenced by overreliance on debt-finance and the financial sector, and booming asset prices. These imbalances need to be addressed to ensure a sustainable and balanced recovery. The government is pursuing a necessary and wide ranging programme of fiscal consolidation and structural reforms aimed at achieving stronger growth and a rebalancing of the economy over time.

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