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487 - The Political Economy of Structural Reform and Fiscal Consolidation Revisited

Hans Peter Grüner

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Europe is going through an unprecedented period of fiscal consolidation and structural economic policy reforms. However, reforms undertaken in times of financial market stress may not be politically viable in the long run if they lack the necessary social balance. This paper studies the distributional consequences of European fiscal consolidation and structural reforms and the scope for further reforms. Suggestions for the efficient bundling of reforms are made. The paper also makes suggestions regarding the strategy of international advice to countries which need structural reforms and it discusses the design of international incentives and a possible role for international mediation.

(European Economy. Economic Papers. 487. April 2013. Brussels. PDF. 59pp. Tab. Bibliogr. Free.)

KC-AI-13-487-EN-N (online)
ISBN 978-92-79-28569-1 (online)
doi:10.2765/42762 (online)

JEL classification: D70, H30, P11

Economic Papers are written by the staff of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, or by experts working in association with them. The Papers are intended to increase awareness of the technical work being done by staff and to seek comments and suggestions for further analysis. The views expressed are the author’s alone and do not necessarily correspond to those of the European Commission.

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