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Working in Southern Europe in Times of Crisis – Myths and Demons


  • Tsatsos, Aristidis


Citizens of Southern Europe have been presented by the German media and politicians as lazy and work aversive. First, it is checked whether and to what extent those characterizations do reflect reality, and then, in view of the Greek economic crisis, it is shown that crises and not laziness destroy jobs. The presentation of the political reactions against those myths is followed by an analysis of the effects of such a political-economic demonization of southern European countries.

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  • Tsatsos, Aristidis, 2011. "Working in Southern Europe in Times of Crisis – Myths and Demons," MPRA Paper 45237, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jul 2011.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:45237

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    1. Manos Matsaganis & Chrysa Leventi, 2011. "The distributional impact of the crisis in Greece," DEOS Working Papers 1124, Athens University of Economics and Business.
    2. Andrés Rodríguez-Pose & Vassilis Tselios, 2012. "Welfare Regimes and the Incentives to Work and Get Educated," Environment and Planning A, , vol. 44(1), pages 125-149, January.
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    Germany; stereotypes; propaganda; financial crisis; lazy; South Europe; Greece; media; unemployment; work;

    JEL classification:

    • F54 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Colonialism; Imperialism; Postcolonialism
    • F66 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Labor


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