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The 2005 Reform of the Stability and Growth Pact: Too Little, Too Late?

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  • Fiorella Kostoris Padoa Schioppa

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    This paper analyses the main critiques addressed by the literature and the policy-makers to the 1997 Stability and Growth Pact. It further indicates to what extent the 2005 reform of the Pact meets those critics. It finally argues that the 2005 reform may be too little and arrive too late to restore the Pact credibility, ensure its enforceability and correctly set the derogations to the excessive deficit procedure on the nature of the shocks which cause the output gap rather than its size: a 3% of GDP limit on deficit spending may be a too binding constraint in front of a strongly negative demand shock, while it is irrationally large in front of a supply shock. Some empirical evidence is provided to identify in the last years strongly negative demand shocks from other shocks in the 25 EU Member States. Had this identifying method been adopted in November 2003, the European Commission and the Council would have both agreed to stop the excessive deficit procedure against Germany, but they would have both proceeded against France which apparently was not at the time hit by a strongly negative demand shock.

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    Paper provided by European Economic Studies Department, College of Europe in its series Bruges European Economic Research Papers with number 6.

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    Length: 65 pages.
    Date of creation: Nov 2006
    Handle: RePEc:coe:wpbeer:6
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