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This 2008 edition of OECD's periodic survey of the German economy finds Germany enjoying a vigorous recovery after a long period of stagnation. To keep the recovery going, OECD finds Germany facing a number of key challenges including making the tax system more efficient, making labour market improvements last longer, improving education outcomes, strengthening competition in network industries, and making healthcare sustainable. These challenges are all addressed in some detail in this report.
Table of contents:
Executive Summary Assessment and Recommendations Chapter 1. Sustaining Higher Economic Growth -The Tide Has Turned after a Long Period of Low Economic Growth -Much Progress has been Made in Fiscal Consolidation but Long-Term Pressures Loom -Policies to Sustain Higher Growth in Living Standards -Annex 1.A1. Progress on Structural Reforms – Summary of Past Recommendations and Actions Chapter 2. Preserving Past Achievements in Fiscal Policy and Making the Tax System More Efficient -A Balanced Budget has been Achieved -The Fiscal Rule Needs to be Improved -Securing Revenues with an Internationally Mobile Tax Base -Shifting More Taxation to Immobile Bases -Improve Tax Collection Efficiency -annex 2.A1. the Main Corporate Tax Reform Measures in Detail Chapter 3. Maintaining the Reform Drive to Make Labour Market Improvements more Lasting -Labour Market Performance has been Impressive… -… but Challenges Remain -The Number of Hours Worked per Person Employed is Low -Long-Term Unemployment Remains High -Employment Rates for Older Workers could be Increased Further -Annex 3.A1. The Government’s Initiatives to Bring Older Workers into Work Chapter 4. Improving Education Outcomes -Education Outcomes -Reforms to Enhance Outcomes -Annex 4.A1. Basic Structure of the Educational System in the Federal Republic of Germany. -Annex 4.A2. The Structure of the Supply of Tertiary Education Indicator Chapter 5. Reaping the Benefits of Stronger Competition in Network Industries -The Root Causes of Weak Competition should be Addressed in the Energy Sector -Competition has had Favourable Effects in the Railway Sector but could be Strengthened Further Chapter 6. Moving towards More Sustainable Healthcare Financing -The Efficiency of the German Healthcare System -Healthcare Financing Reform Should Go Further -Private Health Insurance Reform -Competition-Based on Healthcare Provision is Difficult to Establish -The Pharmaceutical Market is a Challenge for Cost-Effectiveness Glossary