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The Greek dra(ch)ma: 5 years of austerity. The three economists’ view and a comment.

Karanasos, Menelaos G., Koutroumpis, Panagiotis, Hatgioannides, John, Karanassou, Marika and Sala, Hector (2017) The Greek dra(ch)ma: 5 years of austerity. The three economists’ view and a comment. GreeSE Papers (113). Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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In this paper, we summarize the opinion of three renowned economists,namely Paul De Grauwe, Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz, on the Eurozone crisis as well as on the Greek case. All three expressed in one way or another their reservations about the single currency. On the one hand, De Grauwe and Stiglitz highlighted the design failures of the Eurozone, and on the other Krugman argued that the creation of the common currency was a terrible mistake. In support of their claims we provide evidence of the negative consequences of the austerity measures that were implemented by the troika on the Greek economy for a period covering 2010-2014. After five years of austerity, Greece among others experienced significant deflationary dynamics, deep recession, high unemployment rates that are among the highest in Europe, and an increase of the percentage of the people at risk of poverty or social exclusion. More specifically, GDP per capita growth shrank on average by 5.85 percent in the period 2010-2013 while the unemployment rate reached 25.5 percent in 2015. Even more remarkable is the fact that the youth unemployment rate reached 52.4 percent in 2014. Finally, 14 percent of the population cannot meet its medical needs due to the high cost of treatment.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 10:46
Last Modified: 14 May 2021 11:48

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