Greece: Are we missing the reform opportunities of the crisis?

On June 20, 2015, Michael Haliassos published a  CEPR Vox post on the Greek crisis and the key failure of the adjustment program

The Greek adjustment programme failed. This column argues that the problem lay in the programme’s design. By focusing on deficit reductions and the wrong type of reform, it failed to build up the only thing that could provide the basis for debt repayment – namely a dynamic, export-oriented productive base. A broader reform agenda that creates hope would be accepted by Greeks and it would make eventual repayment more likely. The need for some patience in reaching the final destination of this journey should no longer be an excuse for not taking the first step.

Read the Vox post here.

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Goethe University Frankfurt

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