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Improving the SGP: Taxes and Delegation rather than Fines

  • Lindbeck, Assar

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

  • Niepelt, Dirk

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    (Institute for International Economic Studies)

We analyze motivations for, and possible alternatives to, the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). With regard to the former, we identify domestic policy failures and various cross-country spillover effects; with regard to the latter, we contrast an "economic-theory" perspective on optimal corrective measures with the "legalistic" perspective adopted in the SGP. We discuss the advantages of replacing the Pact's rigid rules backed by fines with corrective taxes (as far as spillover effects are concerned) and procedural rules and limited delegation of fiscal powers (as far as domestic policy failures are concerned). This would not only enhance the efficiency of the Pact, but also render it easier to enforce.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 633.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 14 Dec 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0633
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