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External Liberalization with Ambiguous Public Response: The Experience of Portugal

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  • Braga de Macedo, Jorge

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This paper reviews the traditional ambiguity of Portuguese policy towards external liberalization. Product and labour markets have become segmented as a result of the soft budget constraint faced by large corporations and job protection in the public sector. Relaxation of entry requirements into banking since 1985 has made it more difficult for the government to use the banks as implicit tax collectors. But the frozen state of banking and a disguised fiscal policy still constrain monetary and exchange rate policy. Until a credible Multi-Annual Fiscal Adjustment Strategy is established, the disinflation necessary to allow active monetary policy and entry into the EMS will not be achieved.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 378.

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Date of creation: Feb 1990
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:378

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Keywords: Dualism; EC Integration; Fiscal Adjustment; Portugal;

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  1. Vahabi, Mehrdad, 2003. "La contrainte budgétaire lâche et la théorie économique
    [Soft Budget Constraint and Economic Theory]
    ," MPRA Paper 17651, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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