Austerity and Stupidity

oday’s austerity, many argue, is stupid. This column argues that today’s EZ austerity may arise from stupidity before the crisis – specifically lacklustre structural reform. Excess debt arose in nations maintaining unsustainable living standards and welfare systems in the face of poor growth. The Crisis forced radical adjustments such as austerity in a recession.

Update: Greece, Eurozone and the IMF

by Elliott Morss Earlier, I noted there were two parts to IMF Stand-By Program for Greece: austerity and increasing its competitiveness. However, by the beginning of 2012, the IMF had concluded that the austerity part of its plan for Greece had failed. Why? Because: the austerity measures were so extreme that initial efforts to implement …

Comparing U.S. and Euro Crises

by Elliott Morss Introduction The best weather forecast comes from watching the trends: if the chance of rain increases as you get closer to the day of interest, it will probably rain….  So I start by looking at what has been happening to IMF, OECD, and World Bank predictions for economic growth for the next …

Tax Policy to Aid Recovery and Growth

by Guest Author Christopher Heady, Professor of Economics, University of Kent Originally posted at VoxEU 14 March 2011 and reposted here with written permission. Have governments been cutting the right taxes? And are they choosing the best taxes to increase now that they need to balance the books? Using data from 21 OECD countries, this …