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Chapter 4: Spain

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  • Giancarlo Corsetti
  • Michael P. Devereux
  • John Hassler
  • Gilles Saint-Paul
  • Hans-Werner Sinn
  • Jan-Egbert Sturm
  • Xavier Vives

Abstract

Spain has suffered a lot from the current crisis and is the first large economy that may find itself in need of fiscal rescue. If this happens it may prove quite damaging to the euro. Yet, since the mid-1990s, Spain was a champion of growth and fiscal stability; its unemployment had fallen rapidly to the levels that prevailed in the rest of the European Union. This chapter discusses the reasons why such a virtuous initial situation deteriorated so sharply since the start of the crisis. Was this just bad luck or were the booming years just a mirage?

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Article provided by CESifo Group Munich in its journal EEAG Report on the European Economy.

Volume (Year): (2011)
Issue (Month): (02)
Pages: 127-145

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Handle: RePEc:ces:eeagre:v::y:2011:i::p:127-145

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