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The Spanish fiscal policy during the recent "great recession"

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  • Felipe Serrano

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This paper examines the fiscal strategy followed by the Spanish government in order to stop the fall of aggregate demand induced by the financial crisis. The Spanish economy provides the best example among the countries of the European Monetary Union of the contradictions between the discretionary fiscal policy in the crisis and the fiscal rules. The intensity of the crisis and some initial badly designed fiscal stimulus shortened the fiscal space, raising the deficit over the limit established in the Stability and Growth Pact. As a consequence of the enforcement of the rule, the Spanish administration has to apply a restrictive fiscal policy without having left the recession, while keeping one of the lowest indebtedness levels in the euro zone countries.

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  • Felipe Serrano, 2010. "The Spanish fiscal policy during the recent "great recession"," Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 32(3), pages 371-388, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:postke:v:32:y:2010:i:3:p:371-388
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    1. Andrea ÉLTETÕ, 2011. "The economic crisis and its management in Spain," Eastern Journal of European Studies, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 2, pages 41-55, June.
    2. Jesús Ferreiro & Carmen Gómez & Felipe Serrano, 2013. "Mistakes in the Fiscal Policy in Spain before the Crisis," Panoeconomicus, Savez ekonomista Vojvodine, Novi Sad, Serbia, vol. 60(5), pages 577-592, September.

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    fiscal policy; fiscal rules; Spain;

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