The Greek crisis: outlook and an alternative economic policy
The 2017 independent Annual Growth Survey: The Elusive Recovery
Special study on Greece: The Greek crisis: outlook and an alternative economic policy
Giorgos Argitis, Nasos Koratzanis and Christos Pierros
available here: The Greek crisis: outlook and an alternative economic policy
For the last seven years the Greek economy has been entrapped in a dramatic crisis in depth, intensity and duration. The scale of the disruption the crisis has left behind is exceptional in the economic history of the country and is clearly visible in every aspect of the economic, social and political life. The very architecture of the macroeconomic adjustment programmes implemented in Greece since 2010 is incompatible with the country’s consumption-led growth model. Thus, any attempt to address Greece’s sovereign debt crisis and lacking competitiveness by means of a frontloaded mix of fiscal discipline and internal devaluation is destined to fail, aggravating the country’s financial instability, productive deficiencies and social distress. The aim of this survey is to present and critically evaluate the consequences of the creditors’ crisis resolution strategy and to propose the basic pillars of an alternative economic policy that could help Greece exit the crisis.