Continuing the reform process in France to improve job and income prospects

by Nicola Brandt and Pierre Guérin, France Desk, Country Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department Economic growth is strengthening in France, supported by consumption and investment, and the labour market is gradually recovering, as past reductions of comparatively high labour and business taxes are starting to take effect. However, GDP and employment growth are still lagging … More Continuing the reform process in France to improve job and income prospects

Retraining can enable ageing Slovenians to keep pace with new technologies

by Rory O’Farrell, Slovenia Desk, OECD Economics Department While workers in many OECD countries are worried whether robots will take their jobs, the inhabitants of the Slovenian town of Kočevje are less concerned. In 2016 Japanese robotics firm, Yaskawa, announced plans to produce robots in Kočevje, which could create up to 200 jobs. This is … More Retraining can enable ageing Slovenians to keep pace with new technologies

Raising skills holds the key to higher living standards and well-being in Portugal

by Sonia Araujo, Country Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department For each hour worked Portugal produces about half of the output produced in the United States. A historic legacy of very low education attainment is partly to blame for Portugal’s lower productivity. However, education attainment remains low even for those who have left the education system … More Raising skills holds the key to higher living standards and well-being in Portugal

Structural reforms in a difficult time

By Naomitsu Yashiro, Structural Surveillance Division, OECD Economics Department The pace of structural reforms is slowing just when the world economy needs decisive policy actions to strengthen fundamentals and restore healthy growth (the 2016 Going for Growth report). Policy makers may be concerned that introducing structural reforms in the current context involve trade-offs between the … More Structural reforms in a difficult time

Vocational education after transition in Poland

by Nicola Brandt, Head of Poland Desk, OECD Economics Department Adapting vocational education to the needs of a market economy has been a challenge in Poland as in other transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Average educational attainment and literacy rates were relatively high and vocational education was strong in Poland, when the economic … More Vocational education after transition in Poland

Ireland…trading in the global talent pool.

  by David Haugh, Head of the Ireland Desk, OECD Economics Department Passing through Dublin airport’s sparkling, spacious Terminal 2, sprinkled with bi-lingual English, Irish signs is a fine experience – it’s a modern, global emporium but with a very Irish flavour as anyone partial to a Guinness in departures can attest to. On arrival before … More Ireland…trading in the global talent pool.

The refugee crisis: a challenge but also an opportunity for improving policies to integrate immigrants into the Dutch labour market

By Gabor Fulop, Analyst, & Rafal Kierzenkowski, Senior Economist The Netherlands Desk,  Country Studies, OECD Economics Department The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has particularly affected the Netherlands. Asylum requests surged in 2015 to nearly 60 000 (Panel A), more than three times the yearly average of 2010-14. This is a significant challenge for the … More The refugee crisis: a challenge but also an opportunity for improving policies to integrate immigrants into the Dutch labour market