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The tax wedge for the average single worker in New Zealand increased by 0.3 percentage points from 18.1 in 2017 to 18.4 in 2018. The OECD average tax wedge in 2018 was 36.1 (2017, 36.2).
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The tax-to-GDP ratio in New Zealand increased by 0.4 percentage points, from 31.6% in 2016 to 32.0% in 2017. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.0% to 34.2% over the same period.
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The digital revolution, globalisation and demographic changes are transforming labour markets at a time when policy makers are also struggling with slow productivity and wage growth and high levels of income inequality. The new OECD Jobs Strategy provides a comprehensive framework and policy recommendations to help countries address these challenges.
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