Beyond Austerity: Reforming The Greek Economy by Costas MeghirBeyond Austerity: Reforming The Greek Economy by Costas Meghir

Beyond Austerity: Reforming The Greek Economy

EditorCostas Meghir, Christopher A. Pissarides, Dimitri Vayanos

Hardcover | October 13, 2017

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Prominent economists present detailed analyses of the conditions that made Greece vulnerable to economic crisis and offer policy recommendations for comprehensive and radical change.

More than eight years after the global financial crisis began, the economy of Greece shows little sign of recovery, and its position in the eurozone seems tenuous. Between 2008 and 2014, incomes in Greece shrank by more than 25 percent, homes lost more than a third of their value, and the unemployment rate reached 27 percent. Most articles on Greece in the media focus on the effects of austerity, repayment of its debt, and its future in the eurozone. In Beyond Austerity: Reforming the Greek Economy, leading Greek economists from institutions both within and outside Greece, take a broader and deeper view of the Greek crisis, examining the pathologies that made Greece vulnerable to the crisis and the implications for the entire eurozone.

Each chapter takes on a specific policy area, examining it in terms of Greece's economic reality and offering possible directions for policy. The topics range from macroeconomic issues to markets and their regulation to finance to the public sector. Individual chapters address the costs and benefits of participation in the eurozone, Greece's international competitiveness, taxation, pensions, the labor market, privatization, product markets, finance, education, healthcare, corruption, the justice system, and public administration. The contributors argue that Greek institutions require a deep overhaul rather than quick fixes to enable long-term growth and prosperity.

Title:Beyond Austerity: Reforming The Greek EconomyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:728 pages, 9 × 7 × 1 inPublished:October 13, 2017Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0262035839

ISBN - 13:9780262035835

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A remarkable book. Going beyond slogans and superficial pronouncements, Beyond Austerity offers an in-depth, dispassionate analysis of what has happened and, more importantly, what must and can be done to return Greece to health.