Income redistribution through taxes and transfers across OECD countries

By Orsetta Causa and Mikkel Hermansen, OECD Economics department Many OECD countries have been facing a prolonged period of low growth and stagnating income of the poorest. This challenges governments’ fiscal redistribution, all the more so in a context where new forms of work are calling into question the effectiveness of traditional social safety nets … More Income redistribution through taxes and transfers across OECD countries

Economic research on international capital flows: where do we stand 10 years after the Global Financial Crisis started?

StĂ©phanie Guichard, our guest author, is a former Economic Counsellor to Catherine L. Mann, OECD Chief Economist. Financial globalisation has given international capital flows a central role in the functioning of the global economy, leading to considerable economic research over the past 30 years. Making the most of these capital flows has always been a … More Economic research on international capital flows: where do we stand 10 years after the Global Financial Crisis started?

Time to deploy the fiscal levers actively and wisely

by Catherine L. Mann, OECD Chief Economist, OECD Economics Department The role of fiscal policy has been at the heart of the policy debate since the financial crisis. With the global economy stuck in a low-growth trap and monetary policy overburdened, it is time to re-assess the use of fiscal policy levers. Government interest payments … More Time to deploy the fiscal levers actively and wisely

Most countries have room to increase public investment

by Jean Marc Fournier, Economist, Public Economics Division, OECD Economics Department Public investment benefits current as well as future generations. My research shows that public investment is a game changer, when it comes to boosting long-term growth. Increasing the share of public investment in primary government spending by one percentage point (offset by a reduction … More Most countries have room to increase public investment