Category Archives: Labour market

The euro’s leverage of competitiveness and its significance for the contrasting economic performance of Germany and Greece

Thanos Skouras, Professor Emeritus at the Athens University of Economics and Business revisits the notion of competitiveness with a view to its historical roots, draws a distinction between “essential” and “apparent” competitiveness, and applies the concepts to a discussion of Greece’s … Continue reading

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Looking Beyond the Greek Crisis

Transcript of presentation delivered at the conference Growth and Employment in Europe Session. Panel I By Yannis M. Ioannides Megaron, Athens, May 12, 2014 Organized by Lucas Papademos Slides Introduction I want to start by comparing the evolution of Greek … Continue reading

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A debate between German and Greek economists on growth and austerity in Greece

On 10 July 2013, an interesting debate on the Greek crisis took place between Daniel Gros, the director of the Brussels-based research institute CEPS, Gikas Hardouvelis, professor of Finance at the University of Piraeus and Chief economist at Eurobank, and … Continue reading

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Panel discussion on “GREXITING the economic crisis”

On March 6, 2013, a panel discussion on the Greek economic crisis took place at the London School of Economics. This was part of a broader set of events taking place during the week of March 4-8, as part of … Continue reading

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Salary Cuts and Competitiveness

Promotion of competitiveness in the international market for goods and services, especially for fiscally troubled countries, is both an objective of European Union policies and a prerequisite for the longer-run viability and repayment of public debt. Massive horizontal salary cuts … Continue reading

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Speech by Chris Pissarides on “Fiscal crisis and economic restructuring: lessons for the labour market”

In a talk in Athens on 5 October 2012, Chris Pissarides analyzed the causes of the global financial crisis, as well as of the crisis in Greece and Cyprus. A large part of his talk focused on the relationship between … Continue reading

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Germany must lead or pull the plug: Greek Economists for Reform interviewed in Die Welt

German newspaper Die Welt interviewed three founding members of Greek Economists for Reform in its issue of June 28, 2012, coinciding with the important European Summit. The newspaper noted that numerous economists around the world express views on Greece and … Continue reading

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Renegotiation of Memorandum Terms is a Red Flag for International Partners

In a radio interview to the station ‘Athina 9.84’, Michael Haliassos points out the dead end for which Greece is headed when it sets renegotiation of terms as its objective while the international partners stress the need to stick to … Continue reading

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The Greek crisis and the road ahead

Eleven prominent Greek academic economists, eight of whom are founding members of this blog, write about the Greek crisis. They argue that although the crisis has an important European dimension, its root causes lie in Greece and especially in the … Continue reading

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Greek Economists for Reform comment on Greece’s priorities for 2012

For its New Year’s edition, Kathimerini newspaper asked Greek Economists for Reform to propose specific actions that Greece should take in 2012 to improve its economy. Costas Azariadis and Yannis Ioannides urged Greeks to become more involved in civic society, … Continue reading

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