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Die Jagd auf den Zins oder: die Fiskalpolitik der Regierung Monti und ihre Folgen

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  • Alexander Grasse

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Mario Monti became Prime Minister of Italy in the autumn of 2011 after the refinancing of Italy’s debt in the financial markets had almost failed. The Monti government has since made the lowering of the risk premium for Italy’s government bonds an absolute priority. This, however, has only been somewhat successful. Although the new debt was decreased and the balance of trade recorded a surplus, an interest rate spread remains. At the same time, the government’s austerity measures only deepened the economic crisis. By contrast, the decision of the ECB in September 2012 to buy government bonds of crisis-ridden states without limitation has proven to be far more effective. The introduction of taxes on higher incomes and wealth to finance growth programmes could now help to resolve the economic crisis. Copyright ZBW and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

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  • Alexander Grasse, 2012. "Die Jagd auf den Zins oder: die Fiskalpolitik der Regierung Monti und ihre Folgen," Wirtschaftsdienst, Springer;German National Library of Economics, vol. 92(11), pages 751-758, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:wirtsc:v:92:y:2012:i:11:p:751-758
    DOI: 10.1007/s10273-012-1450-8
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    E44; E61; E62; E63; H60; O11; O52;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E61 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • H60 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - General
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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