Research Discussion Papers, Bank of Finland
The euro crisis: a view from the North
Abstract: The paper provides an overview of the sovereign debt
crisis. I first consider the build-up of the crisis.I then discuss policy
choices when a financial crisis erupts and assess the adjustment processes
in the crisis countries, including alternatives to policies of austerity.
Finally I take up institutional improvements that can help in resolving the
current crisis and avoiding a future one. These include the banking union
and the strengthened Stability and Growth Pact and related institutional
rules. Current high levels of public and private debt together with still
weak bank balance sheets are a major unsolved problem.
Keywords: financial crisis; sovereign debt; European integration; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: E62; E65; F36; (follow links to similar papers)
28 pages, June 28, 2013
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Honkapohja, Seppo, (2014), 'The euro area crisis: a view from the North', Journal of Macroeconomics, Vol. 39, March, No. Part B, pages 260-271
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