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Further Austerity and Wage Cuts Will Worsen the Euro Crisis

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  • Andini, Corrado

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    (University of Madeira)

  • Cabral, Ricardo

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    (University of Madeira)

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This note argues that the solutions to the euro-area crisis proposed by the EU governing institutions in cooperation with the IMF, based on further austerity and wage cuts, will worsen the crisis. They are unlikely to reduce both sovereign and external debt ratios of countries experiencing these problems. Quite in contrary, they are likely to further reduce the real GDP growth of these countries.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Policy Papers with number 37.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2012
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Keywords: euro crisis; austerity; wage cuts;

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Cited by:
  1. C.J. Polychroniou, 2012. "Neo-Hooverian Policies Threaten to Turn Europe into an Economic Wasteland," Economics Policy Note Archive 12-01, Levy Economics Institute.
  2. Scharpf, Fritz W., 2014. "No exit from the euro-rescuing trap?," MPIfG Discussion Paper 14/4, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.

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