Fiscal adjustment and economic growth in the European Union

Benczes, István (2010) Fiscal adjustment and economic growth in the European Union. Köz-gazdaság, 5 (3). pp. 83-98.

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The current world economic crisis induced countries to launch wide-scale spending programmes all over the world. Member states of the European Union have not been an exception to this trend. While deficit spending may increase the aggregate demand, it can also accelerate indebtedness and make the required spending cuts politically risky later on. However, deficit financing is not a new phenomenon in the EU; it has been widely practiced in the last couple of decades. As the crisis seems to come to an end, countries with huge deficits should adopt exit strategies now, thereby reducing deficit and debt and reintroducing fiscal discipline, a requirement laid down in the Stability and Growth Pact. Nevertheless, former adjustment processes can provide ample evidence for successful and politically viable fiscal consolidations. In certain cases, even economic activity started to accelerate as a response to the welldesigned adjustment measures. Based on the previous experiences of EU states, the aim of this paper is, therefore, to identify the conditions that may determine a fiscal consolidation to be successful in terms of a reduced debt ratio and a positive economic growth.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:world economic crisis, EU, economic growth
Divisions:Faculty of Economics > Department of World Economy
Subjects:Economic policy
International economics
ID Code:263
Deposited By: Ádám Hoffmann
Deposited On:16 Feb 2011 10:17
Last Modified:04 Nov 2021 09:01

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