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OECD Reviews of Labour Market and Social Policies: Slovenia 2009

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This report analyses the main challenges for labour market and social policies in Slovenia and considers the available policy options from the perspective of OECD countries' experience. It finds that Slovenia has one of the most equal income distributions in the world and a tradition of social dialogue. However, its unemployment insurance and employment service system are not sufficient to deal effectively with the present economic crisis and the country is also faced with rapid population ageing and a low employment rate among 55-to-64 year olds. This report makes recommendations to deal with these issues.

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Assessment and Recommendations

Slovenia, formerly the most economically advanced republic of the Yugoslav federation, accomplished a relatively smooth transition to a market economy and has sustained GDP growth at an annual average rate of 4.5% since 1996. It has therefore kept its place as the richest transition economy in central and eastern Europe, slightly ahead of the Czech Republic and only a little behind Greece and Italy in terms of GDP per capita. Slovenia’s manufacturing sector, which accounted for 29% of employment in 2007, has been efficiently restructured towards export-oriented production and it is now well integrated in European and wider international markets.

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