France : Selected Issues

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

October 31, 2006

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

U.S. shocks explain a large part of French output common components. This paper analyzes the economic implications of two alternative welfare financing reforms: a reduction in payroll taxes funded by an increase in consumption taxes, and the other funded by a new levy on business value added. The importance of financial market constraints and whether the recent mortgage market reform is likely to ease these constraints is assessed. Rechargeable mortgages are attractive and encourage collateralization, but bolder measures are needed to limit legal and other fees.

Series:

Country Report No. 06/390

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 31, 2006

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451813692/1934-7685

Stock No:

1FRAEA2006002

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

121

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