Improving life in France’s poor neighbourhoods

by Nicola Brandt, France Desk, Country Studies Branch, OECD Economics Department While overall poverty is relatively low in France, it can be highly concentrated at the neighbourhood level. In some cases the income of up to 40% of households in such neighbourhoods falls short of the relative poverty line. Unemployment is high, many children struggle … More Improving life in France’s poor neighbourhoods

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

More competition for better economic outcomes in France

By Antoine Goujard, Economist, Country Studies, OECD Economics Department Strengthening competition would have positive effects on French competitiveness, employment, equity and well-being. The OECD (2015a) estimated that five sets of measures in the “Macron Law” – the reform of regulated professions, the extension of Sunday and evening trading, the opening-up of passenger coach transport, the … More More competition for better economic outcomes in France