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OECD Economic Surveys: Israel 2009
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  20 Jan 2010
Pages: 152 , Language: English
Version: E-book (PDF Format)
ISBN: 9789264076648 , OECD Code: 102009211E1
Price:   €39 | $52 | £28 | ¥5600 | MXN580
Availability: Available
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Other languages:  French (Available)
Superseded by: OECD Economic Surveys: Israel 2013 - (Available)
Other Versions:  Print - Paperback
Subscription:  OECD Economic Surveys (Available)
Policy brief:  English, French

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Frequency: Every 18 months   Tables: 15  Charts: 50  Electronic format: Acrobat PDF

This first OECD review of Israel's economy includes chapters covering recent economic developments and policy challenges, the macroeconomic policy framework, education reform, reducing poverty and raising employment rates, and policies affecting the business environment.

Table of contents:

-Basic Statistics of Israel, 2008 
-Executive Summary
Assessment and Recommendations
Chapter 1. Economic Developments and Policy Challenges
-Key aspects of the economy
-The currrent downturn, the policy response, and prospects to 2011
-Economic policy challenges beyond the downturn
-Problems facing the environment policy and water management
Chapter 2. Assessing the Macroeconomic Policy Framework
-A broadly sound monetary policy framework
-Fiscal outcomes and policy settings
-Assessment of revenue policies
-An overview of the challenges in public spending
-Avenues for structural improvement in the budget process
Chapter 3. How to Move Ahead in Education Reform
-A complex education system
-Strong demand and continuing expansion
-High average educational attainment but large differences within society
-Relatively weak core skills
-Developments in primary and secondary education policy
-Slow progress in tertiary education reform
-Unusual components in lifelong learning
Chapter 4. Policy Options for Reducing Poverty and Raising Employment Rates
-Ministerial responsibilities and central themes of welfare policy
-Assessing the policy options regarding taxes and benefits
-Creditable initiatives, but some weaknesses in benefit-delivery systems
-Increasing government support for daycare and early childhood education
-A mixed picture in labour regulation
-Policy towards non-Israeli workers and the poverty issue
-Policy options for reducing poverty among retirees
Chapter 5. Selected Policies Affecting the Business Environment
-Room for improvement in red tape and regulation
-Complex support for investment, innovation and SMEs
-Substantial support for agriculture
-Mixed progress on strengthening competition
-Significant challenges in road and rail transport

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