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Energy and Electricity Report France

  • ID: 2138994
  • February 2011
  • Region: France
  • 22 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Initial conditions: France's economic performance has deteriorated in recent decades relative to that of many of its peers. Measured on a purchasing power parity (PPP) basis, French GDP per head stood at US$33,237 in 2009. This placed France 15th within the OECD (down from 12th place in 1990) and compared with PPP-adjusted GDP per head of US$46,470 in the US. Productivity across the economy as a whole is among the highest in the world. As output per hour worked in France is on a par with that in the US, the gap in income per head between the two countries reflects the under-utilisation of French labour. France has one of the lowest rates of employment in the EU and also the shortest working hours in the developed world after Sweden and Norway. Both factors can be traced to the misguided efforts of successive governments to reduce unemployment by restricting the supply of labour (for example, by cutting the age of retirement or reducing the length of the statutory working week). The current government has relaxed the constraints of the 35-hour week legislation, introduced incentives to encourage older workers to remain in the labour market and proposes to raise the retirement age. This READ MORE >

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