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Making geographical sense of the Greek austerity measures: compositional effects and long-run implications

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This paper examines the geographical impact of the recent austerity measures in Greece. Owing to compositional differences across regions, the horizontal measures are found to amplify existing disparities. It is argued that under certain conditions, relating to wider spatial imbalances in the country, this can trigger cumulative divergence processes that may be hard to address in the future. To correct this, it is proposed that revenue-generating efforts should concentrate more on tackling tax evasion and increasing tax progressivity; while the reduction in public consumption should be compensated by targeted increases in public investment. Facilitating the early release of already earmarked European Union funds can be central for such a strategy. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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  • Vassilis Monastiriotis, 2011. "Making geographical sense of the Greek austerity measures: compositional effects and long-run implications," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Cambridge Political Economy Society, vol. 4(3), pages 323-337.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cjrecs:v:4:y:2011:i:3:p:323-337
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    10. Monastiriotis, Vassilis & Martelli, Angelo, 2021. "Crisis, adjustment and resilience in the Greek labour market: an unemployment decomposition approach," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 106209, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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    14. Félix Adisson & Francesca Artioli, 2020. "Four types of urban austerity: Public land privatisations in French and Italian cities," Urban Studies, Urban Studies Journal Limited, vol. 57(1), pages 75-92, January.
    15. Elias Giannakis & Adriana Bruggeman, 2017. "Economic crisis and regional resilience: Evidence from Greece," Papers in Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 96(3), pages 451-476, August.

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