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Assessment of International Economic Policy Models and Measures: Lessons for Canada

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  • Marcel Boyer
  • Anne Catherine Faye

We consider a typology of four social and economic policy models each pertaining to different groups of countries. These four policy systems namely the Nordic model, the Anglo-Saxon model, the Continental model, and the Mediterranean model, are described individually and in terms of selected public policies. In particular, we review the Swedish economic experience in promoting flexible labour markets and reforming its education sector, the French regulatory reforms in telecommunications and health care sectors, the competitive compulsory tendering and best value reforms in the United Kingdom, and the recent economic growth led by trade in Chile. Finally, we draw important lessons for reforms in Canada. Nous analysons quatre systèmes socio-économiques qui représentent différents groupes de pays. Ces modèles socio-économiques incluant le modèle nordique, l'anglo-saxon, le continental et le méditerranéen sont décrits à travers quelques politiques publiques instaurées dans certains pays. En particulier, nous étudions les réformes de la Suède dans les secteurs de l'éducation et du marché du travail, de la France dans les télécommunications et la santé, du Royaume-Uni dans l'attribution des contrats dans le secteur public, et du Chili pour son expansion économique liée au commerce. Suite à cette analyse, nous identifions des leçons importantes et quelques avenues de réformes pour le Canada.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2011s-19.

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Length: 76 pages
Date of creation: 01 Feb 2011
Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2011s-19
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  1. Böhlmark, Anders & Lindahl, Mikael, 2008. "Does School Privatization Improve Educational Achievement? Evidence from Sweden's Voucher Reform," IZA Discussion Papers 3691, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Karl Aiginger, 2007. "The Swedish Economic Model," WIFO Working Papers 302, WIFO.
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