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Structural Reforms without Prejudices

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What makes economic reforms a success or a failure? Why do we witness ambivalent attitudes to reforms? Can governments implement reforms differently, without inflicting prejudice to large fringes of the population? This book explores these issues by comparing a number of reforms across a large set of countries and sectors. It aims to help readers understand the process of reform and the origins of success, and to help reformers discover new ways to implement reforms to benefit the most people.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199203628
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/10/2006
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tito Boeri received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University and is currently Professor of Economics at Bocconi University and is Director of the Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti. He has also acted as consultant to the European Commission, International Monetary Fund, the ILO, the World Bank and the Italian Government. Micael Castanheira received his Ph.D. in economics from the Free University of Brussels and is currently a research fellow of the Belgian National Research Foundation (FNRS), and Professor of Economics at the Free University of Brussels. Riccardo Faini is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He was previously Director General at the Italian Treasury and has held the post of Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund. Vincenzo Galasso obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and is currently Associate Professor of Economics at Bocconi University, Milan, and Research Fellow of IGIER.

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Table of Contents

Contrasting Europe's Decline: Do Product Market Reforms Help?
1. Introduction
2. Competition and Economic Performance: A Brief Review of the Literature
3. The Maze of Services Regulation
4. The Changing Role of the Tertiary Sector
5. The Impact of Service Regulation
6. Looking Ahead: Will Liberalization Policies Succeed?
How to Gain Political Support for Reforms?
1. Introduction
2. Evidence and Theory of Reforms
3. Exploit Parlimentary Majority
4. Widen Your Political Base
5. Divide and Conquer
6. Exploit External Constraints
7. How to Reform: Pulling the Strings
Final Remarks

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