Dear contributors and readers of the Greek Economists for Reform blog:
As editors of the blog, and on behalf of the ad hoc group of Greek economists who launched it, we would like to let you know that we have decided to suspend its operation. The blog was launched back in the Fall of 2010, shortly after the Greek crisis erupted. Its purpose was to promote informed and non-partisan public debate on key priorities and urgent needs for reform in the Greek economy. The blog was launched without any external financial support, and the costs for hosting it online were financed by the private generosity of members of the ad hoc group that initiated the effort. Neither contributors nor editors received any financial compensation. The editors screened papers for analytical and factual basis and were happy to publish different viewpoints and conflicting opinions as they came.
We are truly grateful to all of our contributors and readers for their attention and support. The blog is suspended, but the need for reforms remains acute. The entries will stay online, as a useful depository of views, proposals, and data, that can inform future debate, design, and implementation of reforms. The need for the best of economic science to be brought to bear on matters of economic policy cannot be over-emphasized.
A related collaborative effort to this blog was an edited volume,* which was published in English by MIT Press and in Greek by Crete University Press, and which details concrete analyses and proposals for reforms in a number of vital sectors or aspects of the Greek economy. A number of contributors to this blog worked on this volume.
We hope that the blog articles, combined with the chapters in the edited volume, provide sufficient ammunition for the difficult reform campaigns ahead.
Michael Haliassos, Yannis M. Ioannides, Thanasis Stengos, Dimitri Vayanos
Beyond Austerity, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/beyond-austerity
Πέρα από τη Λιτότητα, https://www.cup.gr/book/pera-apo-ti-litotita/
This blog publishes articles by leading academic economists on issues relevant to economic policy and reforms in Greece. The crisis in Greece is also a time of opportunity: ambitious reforms can be undertaken that will not only stave off bankruptcy, but also modernize Greece’s economy and raise the productivity and incomes of Greek citizens on a sustainable basis. The articles in this blog aim to offer constructive proposals and impartial analysis of potential, proposed or implemented reforms that are based on the principles of modern economics and on lessons from recent cutting-edge research.
The editors of this blog do not necessarily endorse the opinions expressed by other contributors to the blog, the agenda of any political party, or the views of those who link or otherwise refer to the blog and its contents. Comments that do not concern the ideas and arguments published in this blog, but consist of personal attacks will be deleted.
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